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Jul
24
2014

RECAP: Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Summer 2014

2 weekends ago I was honored with the chance to attend the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Tickets were provided, so I had to make the pilgrimage to NYC to check it out.
The festival similar to the A3C Fest in ATL is celebrating it’s 10th year in operation this year.

Hosted in a vacant lot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (right off the East River) it was a beautiful sunny day for an outside concert for sure. When I arrived Tanya Morgan joined by Spec Boogie were getting on stage. I dipped out and missed a few acts including Brand Nubian, Beatnuts, and who knows who else. Luckily I looked at the BKHHF website that morning, and noticed that Jay Electronica’s set time had been moved up to an earlier time. The post mentioned his set would be epic, and there would be special guests you didn’t want to miss.

30 minutes after his initial set time though, his DJ was still spinning his actual songs to the crowd. The host Uncle Ralph McDaniels and other staff looked like they were stalling, the sound engineer kept checking mics (as if the mics weren’t crispy already from the last performance). I started thinking to myself did this just turn into a Jay Elec listening party? Is he here? Will their be a show?

And FINALLY... Jay graced the stage flanked by a crew of brothers dressed in F.O.I (Fruit Of Islam) garb. Once he appeared, I must say he definitely gave the crowd a show. The hour long set featured all the joints you would probably expect to hear in a Jay Elect set: “Eternal Sunshine,” “Exhibit A (Transformations)”, “Exhibit C,” etc. Special guests included Mac Miller (who straight forgot whatever verse he was supposed to be spitting) which turned into freestyle session between the two. There was also Talib Kweli, and J-Cole who seemed to appear and disappear rather quickly. The show was going great and had no one else appeared on stage with Jay, I would of been perfectly fine with that.

But being the magician Jay Elect is, or course he had a trick up his sleeve and that was none other than Jay-Z himself. Hov didn’t just pop up to rock the couple cuts he has with Jay Elect, he set it off by his rendition of “Young, Gifted, and Black,” and even gave the crowd a treat of “P.S.A.” as well as his joints with Jay Elect including the latest “We Made It.”

I took a bunch of camera phone pics, and even got some video. Then I saw all these fly pictures and HD video, and put my stuff in the archives. HA.

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Oh… and before you see these videos, I must mention I ran into Spike Lee who had a 40 Acres Pop Up Shop set up at the fest. I treated myself to a T-shirt and a “Do The Right Thing” behind the scenes book which Spike actually signed… Not too bad considering where we were a few years back! HA.

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Jay Z Joins Jay Electronica For "Young Gifted… by BKHipHopFestival


Jay Z and Jay Electronica – "We Made It" at… by BKHipHopFestival

After this.. CJ Pro Era rocked, and Raekwon did his thing with a few brooklyn guest including AZ, Masta Killa, Troy Ave, and Papoose. But too be honest nothing quite surpassed the energy of the moment seen above.

Pics courtesy of Tyrone Z. Mccants of Zire Photography. Video from BKHHF
Shouts to the homie Navani, Suce, Dillon, E Holla, and everybody else I got a chance to connect with during my brief stay in NYC.
Until next time…

Jun
19
2014

Events: Outkast ATL Show Announced For September 27th

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Earlier this year it was announced that Big Boi and Andre 3000 better known as Outkast were reuniting to perform at the Coachella Festival in Cali. Shortly after more and more shows were announced across the U.S. including the Counter Point Festival which is about one hour outside of the city of Atlanta. I actually missed Counter Point due to being out of town, and proceeded to buy tickets in another city to catch Kast. From the beginning I was hoping there would be an Atlanta show (I mean this is the ground zero for Outkast right) but I was in fear that CP would be as good as it gets.

Last week it was announced via Creative Loafing that Outkast would be performing in downtown Atlanta on September 27th in Centennial Olympic Park. Tickets went on sale yesterday morning and sold out in a few minutes. Later a second show was announced for Friday September 26th. Those tickets sold out even faster.

I just learned yesterday about the opening acts that have been added to this show. Kid Cudi, Childish Gambino, and newcomer Raury who actually just performed his very first show a week ago are set to set the stage for Kast. I must admit I am a little puzzled about the opening acts for this event. Not artist I would necessarily associate with Outkast or think will be able to properly set the stage for the duo… Of course none of that matters if you didn’t get tickets already cause this baby is SOLD OUT and re-sellers are having a field day.

Will a third show be added for Sunday? Stay Tuned…

Jun
10
2014

Video: Lupe Fiasco “Sway In The Morning” Freestyle

Lupe Fiasco recently stopped by Sway’s satellite radio show and showed why if he’s not one of your favorites, he should be. When Sway asks: “You going to kick a written or a Freestyle?” Lu responds with “when people say freestyle, I freestyle!”

The act of “Freestyling” or creating lyrics and wordplay off the top or your head is a talent and skill many so-called emcee’s don’t posses. When done correctly it can create excitement and leave you hanging on to what the next words or phrase will be. Lupe definitely not only did that, but he held it down for 4 minutes and got busy!

Check it out below. Lu just dropped a new track called “Mission” as well. New album coming soon? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Jun
5
2014

Movies To Check For: “Blacking Up: Hip Hop Remix of Race”

Atlanta Cyclorama Screens Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity.
There is a special screening of this documentary tonight at the Atlanta Cyclorama in ATL. Possibly the only time you’ll get to see it on the big screen. Early arrival is suggested.

African American and Latino youth created Hip-Hop more than thirty years ago. The reasons were varied but were partially in response to racial oppression, economic marginalization, and as a means of expression and a way to talk about their culture and their lives. The genre is now embraced by youth the world over and has become part of mainstream youth culture in the United States.

From Cyclorama:

“As we continue our commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta we hope to expand the discussion of how the changes that occurred as a result of that war changed the course of our country and our people,” states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “In dealing with racial issues and economic challenges, it’s interesting to look at how different groups express themselves through art and music. Join us at the Atlanta Cyclorama for a free screening of the documentary Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race on June 5 at 7 pm as we explore the Hip-Hop culture.”

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May
26
2014

Video: Pharoahe Monch – “Rap Life” Produced By Diamond D

Pharoahe Monch comes to ATL to get a taste of the rap life. The latest video for “Rap Life” is produced by Diamond D who also makes a cameo and drops a couple bars on the track as well. Filmed on location in ATL the video was filmed and directed Deacon The Villian & Amond Jackson. Rap Life is taken from Diamond’s forthcoming LP “The Diam Piece.”

Apr
16
2014

Mixtape Mondays: Mick – “Greetings Earthing” Outkast Rarities Remixes Mixtape

Man… It’s already Wednesday! I working on getting this posted for you guys this past Monday, but time flies. Either way, if you haven’t heard this yet, it’s a treat so check it out.

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In honor of the Outkast reunion and concert at Coachella this past weekend. DJ Mick (formerly Mick Boogie) put together a special collection of rare tracks and remixes. If you’re looking for the greatest hits mix, this ain’t that! A true treat for any real Kast fan though. So check it out now and thank me later… BREAK!

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Apr
12
2014

Video: Outkast BACK! Full Coachella Set

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On New Years Day 2014 one of my friends wrote on Facebook “All I want this year is to see Outkast perform live!” Starting in November 2013 there were rumors that duo was getting back together in the new year specifically for Coachella. Sleepy Brown even posted something on Instagram hinting to the reunion, and soon after removed the update from his page.

Then a week into the new year it was official. Big Boi & Andre 3000 would not only be getting back together to celebrate their 20 year anniversary with a show at Coachella, they would also be doing a string of festivals this summer around the country. This is every true Outkast’s fan dream come true right? I mean it’s only been 7 years, which has felt like a decade in the fast pace landscape of life these days.

Well for those couldn’t make it to California for Coachella, including myself, thanks to the good ole Internet you could of watched the live stream last night online, OR… You can watch the full show below.

Outkast will be playing in Georgia at the Counterpoint Festival during the weekend of April 25-27. There is also rumor going around about them playing at the Mad Decent Block Party in ATL this summer, which I’ve heard from a reputable source is false. As of now they will only be appearing on the Denver, Colorado date in August.

Alright… enough text, below is what you really want to see, so check it out. Am I the only one that finds it odd Dre is walking around with a corded microphone? Other than bad sound, there’s nothing more restricting to artists performance on a large stage than a cordless mic. And seems like the stage lighting was very dark throughout their set. Let me know what you think of the set. Do you have tickets booked to see Outkast this summer?

Spotted at TSS.

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

Mar
30
2014

Video: Nas & Michael Eric Dyson In Conversation At Georgetown University

In case you weren’t in DC to witness this magical moment. The whole video is here for you.

Nas and professor Michael Eric Dyson sat down for an in-depth conversation about Illmatic and its impact on the landscape of Rap over the past 20 years, the state of Hip-Hop today and much more. The talk was moderated by professor James Peterson of Lehigh University. Spotted at Nah Right

Mar
19
2014

New Music: 6 Rings “Ultra Beat United” Feat. Number 2, Punchline, 4-IZE, Señor Kaos & Headkrack

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It’s been a long time… we should’t… you know how the rest goes. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. In these days and times rappers record and release every thought they create on the Internet in real time. Music is a craft… a food that needs to be cooked properly so the listener can enjoy all the flavors when they make contact with the taste buds.

What happens when you mix a pot with emcees from Chicago, Atlanta, and New York? You get “6 Rings” a crew of champions that consists of emcees: 4-IZE, Number 2, Punchline, Señor Kaos, and Headkrack.

Ok.. Now gone head and eat up. But don’t forget to save room for desert… cause TRUST there is more coming. You’ve been warned.

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