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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.

Mar
19
2014

Events: Phife Dawg – “Dear Dilla” Video Premier

Last month before hitting the road for a minute I was invited to Phife Dawg’s (A Tribe Called Quest) video premier for “Dear Dilla” a tribute to the late great James “J Dilla” Yaney who would of turned 40 years old on February 7th, 2014. This premier marked the first time anyone had seen the new video before it was launched online on OKP. The premier was something like a reunion for ATL creatives. Artists, DJ’s, Marketers, & Scenesters all came out to catch a peep of the new video. The gathering took place at Midtown Art Cinema (aka Landmark) where guests were treated to food and beverages before being ushered into the theater for the videos premier.

Special guests for the evening: Chicago video director Konee Rok, DJ Rasta Root, 4-IZE (who actually plays the part of Dilla in the video), Boog Brown (who performed a piece of Dilla’s “The $” as a poetry piece), and of course the man of the hour Phife. In addition to seeing the video there was also a Q&A where Phife spoke about working with Dilla, his health situation (which is played out in the video), as well as why he felt it was important to create this track. He also mentioned he would be releasing a new solo LP entitled “MUTTYMorphosis” real soon. Well keep you updated on the new project when we learn more. For now make you check out the video for “Dear Dilla.”

Note: After the premier in ATL, Phife & DJ Rasta Root flew to Detroit the next day for the “Dilla Day” festivities where the video was then premiered to friends and fam in the Detroit City. All photos courtesy of Kat Goduco
View more info + press release Here.

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