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N.O.R.E, Ja Rule, and Chris Rivers Pay Tribute to Big Pun via Cipha Sounds’ Hip Hop Improv TAKE IT PERSONAL


N.O.R.E., Ja Rule, and Chris Rivers Pay Tribute
to Big Pun via

Cipha Sounds’ Hip Hop Improv

TAKE IT PERSONAL Will Feature Hip Hop’s Elite Each Show
Take it Personal

New York, NY, February 12th, 2014 – On Friday, February 7th, 2014 NYC native rappers Ja Rule and N.O.R.E along with Chris Rivers (Rapper and son of Big Pun) stopped by Friday evening as the featured guest in The Hip Hop Improv Show – TAKE IT PERSONAL presented by Hot 97’s Cipha Sounds and Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), the top improv theatre and school in NYC. Improvisers from Cipha Sounds’ team A Tribe Called YES [Jon gabrus (MTV’s Guy Code and Wild n Out), Natasha Rothwell (Wild N Out), Abra Tabak, Shaun Diston, Christian Capozzoli and Cipha Sounds] whom reenacted stories originally told by both Ja Rule & N.O.R.E.

During the show, both artists shared with audiences, a series of comical experiences with the great rapper/actor Big Punisher. The stories ranged from Big Pun bullying N.O.R.E to eat pork chops at a Manhattan diner even though N.O.R.E does not eat pork to Ja Rule initiating and getting involved in a wild police car chase from Manhattan to Queens after a night of drinking with Big Punisher. Cipha Sounds even told a story of how Pun pressured him into drinking one night, “He was a nice, funny, but intimidating guy,” said Cipha Sounds.

During the set, Big Punishers son, Chris Rivers, showcased his lyrical skills by freestyling  based off of random words provided by the audience. The improvisers, along with special guests paid tribute to the late rapper/actor Big Punisher in a tasteful yet humorous style that was greatly appreciated by audience members.

Music was provided by DJ Drewski of Hot 97 and Sirius XM. Special guests included Harold “House” Moore (VH1’s Single Ladies), Jayson Rodriguez, Keith Nelson (AllHipHop.com), Jakk Doe (JakkDoe.com), Lakeia Brown (HipHopDX), Dominican Drew (Hot 97), Willy Dope (Par-City), and more. TAKE IT PERSONAL will continue every Friday at the legendary UCB Theater.

Reserve your seats now for February 14th. The show always sells out!  Reserve tix >


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TIP   E05S02   N O R E  & Ja Rule Pt 1
Watch as Cipha Sounds Tells How Big Pun was the Funniest and Most Intimidating Guy
Ja Rule and NORE share PUN memories
Ja Rule and A Tribe Called Yes
Cipha Sounds and Chris Rivers AKA Baby Pun
NORE and Cipha Sounds Talk to BIG Pun’s Children
Show Always Sells Out. Get Your Tickets Now
Cipha Sounds
TAKE IT PERSONAL will consist of famous hip hop artists either performing monologues, sharing personal stories, performing their songs, or being interviewed on their lives for source material.  A group of talented improvisers will then use that material to create a totally made up show. You will be amazed on how the hip hop artist’s story is brought to life right in front of your eyes. “Watching an improv show is like seeing someone walk over the tight rope without the net… But way funnier,” said Cipha Sounds.
Hot 97’s Cipha Sounds is an actor, dj, radio personality, and comedian. He is on the radio Monday through Friday 5am-10am on “The Hot 97 Morning Show” and on Saturdays 5pm-7pm on New York’s number one station HOT 97.  Cipha has carved out a distinct voice in music and comedy over the past 15 years. Past work includes official DJ for Lil Kim and Mos Def, host of  Sucker Free and TRL on MTV, and resident DJ for Chapelle’s Show. He currently hosts his comedy series Dont Get Gassed every month at New York City’s famous Caroline’s on Broadway. http://www.dontgetgassed.com | http://www.hot97.com | @ciphasounds
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