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Apr
9
2014

Events: “Producer’s Polychromatic TruSkool” Tomorrow 4.10

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Some of ATL’s finest producers will be on display tomorrow night. When visual arts meets Hip Hop it equals, “Producer’s Polychromatic TruSkool’- The Ultimate Photographic Voyage Through the Producer’s Hiphop Expressionism

As a photographic account on Hip Hop Expression, this exhibit displays a keenly concocted photo- documentation, featuring 7 of Hiphop- Atlanta’s favorite groundbreaking sound- engineers: Amond Jackson, Illastrate, Yamin Semali (Clan Destined), DT (Left Field Experiment, Clan Destined), King I Divine, Rock Most (MSEIZE) and Floyd The Locsmif.

Admission is free, there will also be treats and music provided by some of ATL’s finest: DJ Rock Most, Yamin Semali and Floyd The Locsmif. The event kicks off at 7pm @ Department Store 467 Edgewood Ave.

Founder and creator Rim G says: “My ambition with this exhibit is to reach into the audience, and bring about an insight to the engineers’ personalities in the studio and out of session. Sound to me is more than what you can hear; it transcends to embody the producers themselves. I really just aimed to make people remember the classic definition of “TruSkool” in the Hiphop context– the fresh and infinitely authentic. I took that and applied it to the project because everything about it is original. It’s Hiphop, and the culture does not discriminate nor does clearly distinguish the visual from the musical. They are together, meshed as one flowing force, as the visual promotes the sonic, and the sonic in turn stimulates the imagination.”

Click HERE to learn more about Producer’s Polychromatic TruSkool

Nov
23
2013

Art: Heineken Mural Project Invades ATL

If you live in ATL, perhaps you’ve seen the various art splashed walls around neighborhoods like Edgewood, 4th Ward, & Little 5 Points. Last month during the 9th annual A3C Hip Hop Festival, the Heineken brand seized the opportunity to launch the Heineken Mural Project and bring some color to some naked walls around town. Read more about it below.

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After a successful run in Miami during Art Basel 2012 and in DC during the G40 Art Summit, the Heineken Mural Project launches in Atlanta as the official art partner of A3C Festival and the A3C Art Campus.

The Heineken Mural Project will feature six renowned street artists creating five new murals across the city, pop up parties, music concerts and more. The Heineken Mural Project artists include some of the most talented veterans in street art. Tasked with the mission and creative freedom to interpret Heineken’s Open Your World message, the murals will take a life of their own and inspire all who bear witness. Celebrity-status street artists like Chor Boogie hailing from San Francisco, Clogtwo and Inkten from Singapore along with Marka27 based in Brooklyn, NYC, and Atlanta-based artist Paperfrank with more artists to be announced.

The Heineken Mural Artists will paint five new murals alongside some of the top hip hop talent during the A3C Festival, through out some of Atlanta’s Most exciting art districts and neighborhoods. Old Fourth Ward, Little 5 Points and Castleberry Hill will each shocase a new Heineken mural adding vibrant colors to the community. A3C [All 3 Coasts] is one of the largest hip-hop festivals in the US and takes place annually in Atlanta. As the official art partner of the A3C, Heineken Mural Project will host several parties at the mural locations where the Heineken Mural Artists will paint live with top hip hop talent such as Questlove, Ghostface Killah, Too Short, Bun B, A$AP Ferg, Rich Homie Quan and ScHoolboy Q.

Jun
6
2013

Events: Herbru Brantley – Penny Candy Art Show Friday 6/7

The homie Hebru is headed back to ATL this weekend for a special art show entitled “Penny Candy.” It’s going down at the Lowe’s Hotel in midtown from 7-11pm.

Sounds by DJ’s Kemit & Karl Injex.

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Event is free with RSVP. Check the flyer for more info.
AlwaysOpenCreative.com & HebruBrantley.com

May
3
2013

New Music: Spree Wilson & The Flush – “Life In Technicolor” EP

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Spree Wilson and The Flush? I know what you’re thinking, sounds like a band right? Wrong. Spree Wilson is actually a emcee/singer/songwritter – let’s just say artist for all intents and purposes, and The Flush is a team of producers, both representing ATL. Well I just got my hands on this 6 track EP, released for free download, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Reminds me of what they were playing in ATL when I moved here in the 90′s.

I’ve known Spree for some years now. I honestly can’t even remember how or where we originally met, we both were just always in the same places at the same time. Well, maybe not exactly. Spree definitely spent a lot more time in the studio than me, Working with the likes of Esthero, Dallas Austin, Novel and a host of others over the years.

Make sure you check out Spree’s new project “Life In Technicolor Vol. 1” And shouts to the homie Miya Bailey for hooking up the fresh visuals for the project.

Spree Wilson Documentary from The Flush Music on Vimeo.

Spotted at XXL Mag.

Nov
30
2012

News: Cognito Makes Complex Magazines 50 Greatest Music Photographers List

I must admit I’ve been so busy I slept on this one. Crazy I got a chance to kick it with Nito earlier this month and he didn’t even mention this. Lol. Classic Nito though, he doesn’t say much, just let the work and the accolades speak volumes.

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Cognito was chosen as one of Complex Magazines 50 Greatest Music Photographers Right Now. Here’s what they had to say about the “Culture Capture Champ:”

28. Cognito
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Cognito goes by many names, as a result of his many artistic lanes, all of which are under the FROLAB umbrella. As Cognito, he’s Mos Def’s official concert photographer, but has also photographed artists like The Roots, Erykah Badu, and Talib Kweli. In 2010, Cognito had a groundbreaking show at HVW8 gallery in LA, showing the incredible moments he captured of Mos Def on and offstage during his Ecstatic tour. He’s a true hip-hop documentarian and continues to amaze us with his breadth of work.

SALUTE TO COGNITO…WISH THE BIG HOMIE NOTHING BUT MORE EXPOSURE, MORE SUCCESS, AND MORE FROTOS.

Nov
30
2012

Art: ATL’s Greg Mike Working With Hypebeast

A few days ago I happened to stop by Hype Beast and caught the homie Greg Mike’s art featured on the front page. If your in ATL check out ABV gallery which Greg runs.

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Click Here to see what’s up.

Sep
23
2012

Señor Kaos Gets A Sneak Peek At Frank Mag Chapter 49 “13th Witness”

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A few days ago my travels took me to my favorite city in the U.S. NYC aka Nueva York. I was there for strictly business, but I was able to find a little time to walk around the city, take in the great fall weather, as well as catch up with a few Famalams.

I made a stop by the Frank 151 office and got a chance to pick up Frank Chapter # 49 curated by New York photographer Timothy Mcgurr aka “13th Witness.”

In the new issue 13th Witness showcases photographs from some of his photographer friend such as Craig Weatherby, Futura 2000, Vashtie, Estevan Oriol, Rikcy Powell, etc. He also finds time to showcase some of his work near the end of the issue.

I also got to check out some products from new adult concept “Tenga.”

Always great to stop by the Frank NYC office, catch up with old colleagues, and fuel my creativity. Be on the lookout for Frank “Chapter 49″ in an area near you soon.

Aug
30
2012

Events: Sneaker Pimps (Atlanta) Fri. Aug 31st

Labor Day Weekend and the month of September are looking GREAT for ATL right now. Before summer is officially over, there’s PLENTY of things to get into if you haven’t had any excitement in your life for the past 3 months.

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Sneaker Pimps returns to ATL for it’s 10th Year Anniversary Tour!

Check out sneaker collections of limited, rare, exclusive and custom kicks.
Hang out with fellow enthusiasts, collectors and addicts of the sneaker game
- and BUY/SELL/TRADE the dopest sneakers and the illest of street wear brands.

Battle with others on the all new Forza Horizon game for bragging rights and a chance to win exclusive prizes!

Performing live:
CYHI THE PRYNCE
Honey Cocaine
The Vagabonds
Speakerfoxxx
Skyzoo
Blake Carrington.

With music by Greg Street, DJ Mars + more

VENUE:
The Loft (Center Stage)
1374 West Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Advance tickets available now! http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/20365.aspx

Jun
20
2012

Movies To Check For: Color Outside The Lines ATL Screening

This Thursday night, there will be a special screening in ATL for Tattoo documentary “Color Outside The Lines.” The film is directed by good friend Artemus Jenkins and produced by one of ATL’s finest tattooist Miya Bailey. I’ve been hearing about this film for the past few years as it’s come together and can’t wait to check it out.

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The primary purpose here is education, basically if people knew better they would do better. There are dozens of black artists who are trained and highly skilled in any form of tattooing one could ask for. Once people watch this film we really want them to have a better understanding of their options and a deeper appreciation for the art form.
The film highlights the history of black tattoo culture and how it began in the south despite a heavily segregated climate for black artists seeking entry.

We cover signature styles and how those styles have developed and influenced newer artists over the years. Tattooing in the media is another important aspect, as it is the biggest factor of how the cultures influence has spread. It is no secret that entertainers and athletes dictate the trends younger generations pick up on and tattooing is no different. What is surprising is despite the money these cultural icons have, some of their work is no better than the kid who got his in a basement down the street from his house. This further deludes the public as to what great artwork looks like and what is available to everyday people.

Aside from the art, we delve into the personal struggles associated with being an artist; how it affects your social life, personal relationships and other dreams you may have. There isn’t a person in this film who strives to just be a tattoo artist. There are artists who strive to musicians, painters, photographers, stylists, filmmakers, great parents and role models to their children, but they have to balance a demanding career choice that is also their passion in life.

Check the website for more info on the film.

Jun
12
2012

Rest In Peace: Graffiti Legend “Stay High 149″ Passes

Just caught the news this evening that NYC Graffiti Legend “Stay High 149″ has passed away. Stay High is a graffiti Triple OG who always kept his tag simple but effective and got up over several decades. He is one of the few cats who could put a tag up on a wall, and no other dude would dare put a throwie or piece over it. Now that’s clout!

I was honored to meet Stay High back in 2004 when he used to hang around the Frank 151 office. I met him a few times after that as well. One time he laced me with a lil canvas of his “Voice Of The Ghetto” tag that I STILL have hanging in my office till this day! The last time I bumped into Stay High was probably 2008. I laced him with a “Swagger Is Nothing, Talent Is Everything” T-Shirt as well as a copy of the new CD. Didn’t realize till later that I caught a picture of him right in front of a portrait of Dondi, another legend who passed way too soon.

Stay High is a true NYC Graffiti Legend. Honored to have a chance to meet the man and shake his hand during my lifetime. The “Voice Of The Ghetto” will be missed. Rest In Peace.

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And apparently a Stay High 149 movie was already in the works, I had no idea. Spotted this at Frolab.

Rest In Peace Stay High 149. Gone but never forgotten.

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