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Juicy J and Danny Brown celebrate a “Day Off,” The Beatnuts get honored by The Brown Bag AllStars and YoYo’s summer program makes its mark -- read on for The Rap-Up.

Juicy J, Danny Brown, Just Blaze Celebrate “Day Off”

An eclectic cast of rappers, producers and DJs are slated to perform at “Fools Gold Day Off” in New York September 5. The free for all ages event will be held from 2 pm to 8 pm at City Winery and will feature Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J, rising rapper Danny Brown and super producer Just Blaze -- as well as DJ duo Brothers Macklovitch (A-Trak and Dave 1 of Chromeo).

The event launched last year and footage from the event was featured on Duck Sauce’s video for “Barbra Streisand.” Anyone in the NYC looking for quality music and entertainment on Labor Day would be advised to head to City Winery -- and to get there early. With no cover and A-List talent, it’s sure to be a crowded “Day Off.”

Brown Bag AllStars Pay Tribute To The Beatnuts

In the mid ’90s, few production teams delivered as many high-powered hardcore rap gems as The Beatnuts. The Queens, New York-based duo of Psycho Les and JuJu had an unrivaled mix of tongue-in-cheek gangster rhymes and block-rocking, boom bap beats.

Jennifer Lopez used The Beatnuts’ beat from “Watch Out Now” from “Jenny From The Block.” Beyond that, their work was highlighted by standout guest appearances from Grand Puba “Are You Ready” and Big Punisher (“Off The Books”).

In fact, “Psycho Dwarf,” one of the standout selections from its revered 1993 release, “Intoxicated Demons The EP,” was so celebrated that it was also included on The Beatnuts’ self-titled debut album, which was released in 1994.

Now the Brown Bag AllStars have reworked the classic tune with “Psycho Dwarf 2011 (Beatnuts Tribute).” Although The Beatnuts are not a household name, the next generation of artists are paying much deserved tribute to this highly talented duo.

YoYo’s School Of Hip Hop Makes Its Mark On 83 Students

Ed. Note: The following is a follow-up to a story we did on YoYo’s School Of Hip Hop in June.

YoYo had the explicit goal of teaching the students, whose ages range from 8 to 17, how to write rhymes and dance. But it was the secondary goal of instilling confidence in the students and having them set goals for their future that has made the program a resounding success, as evidenced by the posts to the program’s Facebook page.

YoYo says that her students were dedicated to the program and showed up early and came in on off days to work on their writing and on their dance routines. The summer program launched by the Ice Cube protégé concludes Friday, August 26 in South Central Los Angeles. YoYo’s School Of Hip Hop will acknowledge its graduates in a celebration Saturday, August 27 from noon to 2 pm in Comrie Hall in the Expo Center at 3980 Bill Robertson Lane in Los Angeles.

Students will also perform some of their original songs and dance routines. When a successful artist gives back to their own community, it must inspire kids to want to better themselves.

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