Mar
16
2013

Events: Prince & A Tribe Called Quest Secret Show @ SXSW

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YEP! You read that right.

The South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference always has a few major surprises, but this year fans will get a rare treat as the legendary Prince is slated to headline an exclusive concert. This Saturday (March 16), Prince will close out Samsung’s SXSW festival and bringing along Hip-Hop legends A Tribe Called Quest for the ride, too.

The event is taking place at La Zona Rosa in downtown Austin as part of an innovative marketing strategy from Samsung. A randomly selected group of 250 Samsung users that participate in the tech company’s “Samsung Galaxy Experience” at the festival will get a chance to witness the iconic musician live. Attendees who have the coveted (and expensive) Platinum and Music badges for the festival will also gain exclusive entry to the private party.

CRAZY right?

Word is Prince will also be accompanied by a 22-piece band and will have a special stage remolded just for his show. Also hearing the rumble of Tribe on the road later this spring as they join the massive lineup for Yahoo’s On The Road tour featuring Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Nas and plenty others.

Looks like I’m gonna miss the show in Austin, but I’ll be looking forward to catching the Yahoo show for sure. Looks like brands are upping their budgets again. Let’s see what’s happens in 2013.

Read more at Hip Hop Wired

Mar
16
2013

Movies To Check For: Iceberg Slim “Portrait Of A Pimp”

Been a minute since I left you with a movie to check for. Just found out, there’s a documentary about legendary pimp & author Iceberg Slim being shown in Atlanta. Directed by Jorge Hinojosa and produced by Ice T the film features interviews from Katt Williams, Birdman, Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, and more.

There will be a screening via Atlanta Film Festival for the film this Tuesday 3.19 @ Plaza Theater on Ponce De Leon Ave. Check the flyer below for all the info.

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Here’s a look at Beyond Cinema with Jorge Hinojosa and Ice T speaking about the movie. Check it out.

Mar
16
2013

Video: Rock Most Feat. Clan Destined – “Kill The Feed”

Latest video from ATL emcee, DJ, and producer Rock Most. Track is called “Kill The Feed” and also features ATL’s own dynamic duo Clan Destined.

While this track appears on his last project “Rise And Shine,” Rock Most will be releasing a new EP entitled “RMFM – The Spring Collection” on April 3rd. f you’re in the city of Atlanta you can catch Rock Most DJing at the Glenwood (East Atlanta) on 3.22 and catch him perform at his annual Birthday Bash concert on Friday April 5th @ 529 EAV.

In the meantime check out the video, and let us know what you think. Be sure to check out rockmostmusic.com for more as well.

Mar
9
2013

The Notorious B.I.G… 16 Years Later

Today March 9th, 2013 marks 16 years to the day that the Notorious B.I.G. was murdered in LA. Leaving a huge void in the life of his family as well as the Hip Hop community.

A lot of people always say “why do we celebrate the day people die more than their birthday?” That’s a GREAT question. As far as our celebrities, I think the reason why is, we weren’t there when they were born, but we were there when they passed, and we remember the effect it had on us personally.

Even though the Notorious B.I.G. technically only released ONE album before his death (his second LP was released 2 weeks after his death) he created a LOT of hits and classic tracks that still are loved and played heavily till this day. One can only imagine where and what Biggie would be doing today if he were still alive.

So today especially, as I do in May (when his birthday is) I play Big’s music wherever I’m at un-apologetically loud! I suggest you do the same.

We still miss you B.I.G… R.I.P.

Here’s some rare footage of Biggie, and Puff Daddy performing in London from Tim Westwood. This was captured during a BBC Radio event in London circa 1995

Mar
9
2013

Events: Nike Black History Month 2013 Event Recap (ATL)

On Saturday February 23rd, 2013 Nike hosted a day of service in celebration of the 37th annual Black History Month with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Metro Atlanta organization. Three Atlanta based athletes who were rebels in their sport as well as game-changers in their community were selected to inspire the youth and enable with a purpose. Anson Carter (NHL), Fred McCrary (NFL), and Warrick Dunn (NFL) spoke to a room of BBBS “Little’s” about what it means to “Be Bold. Be True.” They also shared stories of their past, and the obstacles they’ve overcome to achieve their goals.

In addition Nike Sportswear Senior Footwear Designer Jonathan Johnson-Griffin was also in attendance to speak about his journey as an African American designer, as well as the inspiration behind the 2013 Nike Black History Month footwear and apparel collection.

The event was hosted by WXIA 11 Alive’s Sam Crenshaw and took place at the Big Brothers Big Sisters midtown headquarters nicknamed “The House.” Exclusive Nike “Be Bold. Be True.” T-shirts were given out to youth in attendance.

This was a great event. Thanks to everybody who helped make this happen. Always remember influence and inspiration is important for our youth.

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L to R: Anson Carter, Warrick Dunn, Jonathan Johnson-Griffin, Fred McCrary

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Señor Kaos warming up the crowd

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JJG and a piece of the Nike 2013 BHM footwear & apparel collection designed by Jonthan Johnson-Griffin

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Former Atlanta Falcon Warrick Dunn

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Señor Kaos, Anson Carter, Warrick Dunn, Janice McKenzie-Crayton, Alicia Willis, JJG, Fred McCrary, Christian Weaver

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Feb
27
2013

Foot Fetish: Lebron X Cork Release Event @ Wish

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This past weekend Nike footwear designer Jonathan Johnson-Griffin made it a trip to ATL for the Nike Black History Month event I put together. It just so happens the event date landed on one of the biggest footwear release dates this year. The release of the Cork Lebron X. I helped put together an in-store with the good people at Wish ATL and the rest as they say… is history.

It was really amazing to pull up to Wish on Saturday morning and see over 100 heads lined up in the freezing cold (cold for ATL) with the hopes on getting their hands on a pair. JJG signed boxes of the shoe’s for those lucky enough to secure a pair.

He’s a really, really cool guy. It was great to have him in ATL during such a monumental release. Shouts to Frank and good people at Wish & Nice Kicks. To so more pics from the event click here.

Feb
22
2013

Events: Lebron X Cork Meet & Greet @ Wish ATL

Tomorrow is the day many sneakerheads have been waiting for. 2012 was a great year for Lebron James. That’s a huge statement cause 2010 was a not-so great year. Lebron after making the famous quote “I’m taking my talents to South Beach” during “The Decision” became the most hated player in the NBA. Former fans burned his jersey, the media scrutinized him, It was all bad!

Bron didn’t let the pressure get to him though. Coming back in his 2nd year with the Miami Heat he did what he set out to do… Win his first NBA Championship. Then he won MVP for the 3rd time… And during the summer he went to London where he won a gold medal for the U.S. Mens Basketball team. Not bad Lebron, not bad at all.

To commemorate all the celebrating Lebron has done Nike footwear designer Jonathan Johnson-Griffin will be making a stop in ATL tomorrow to celebrate with those lucky enough to receive a pair.

2/23/13 JJG will be doing a meet & greet at Wish in ATL where he will be signing boxes of the Lebron X Corks for those few lucky folks. Definitely stop by and meet the man behind the shoe. Check out all the info below.

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Feb
15
2013

Television: Nike / Brand Jordan All Star Weekend Ad Spots

NBA All Star Weekend is amongst us. That means you can expect a lot of ATL strippers headed to Houston, new footwear releases from the swoosh, the dunk contest, and some fresh ad spots.

Check out two new commercials one for the Jordan XX8 and the other letting you know KD Is Not Nice! I’m sure these will be on heavy rotation on the tube this weekend. What do you think?

Jordan – Dare To Fly spot. I like this one a lot. MJ always make a great narrater.

Kevin Durant kisses his mom before games, gives respectful interviews and always makes time for the fans. He’s the nicest guy in the NBA. There’s no way he could be responsible for a rash of vicious highlight dunks. Or could he?”

Feb
15
2013

Events: Fela ATL Tonight w/ DJ Kemit

Do you love Fela Kuti? Afrobeat? How about DJ Kemit? If you’re familiar with any of the above you might want to check out DJ Kemit’s Spreadlove “Fela” event going on tonight in ATL at 595 North. Celebrating the return of the FELA! Musical to ATL!!

Check out this exclusive mix from DJ Kemit.

DJ Kemit’s OFFICIAL FelaATL Musical Promo Mix Feb. 2013 by Dj Kemit on Mixcloud

Featuring…
Live Art by Rasadon (Brand Ambassador of #FelaAtl on behalf of Knitting Factory Entertainment)
DJ KEMIT (Spread Love + Soul Makossa + Kickin Up Dust)
CaZ (Chirs Nicholson + Mike Zarin)
DJ Ausar (The Kalakuta Show 89.3 FM WRFG)
African Dancers & Drummers
Face & Body Paint by Deborah Conton
FELA! Musical Pop Up Shop & Giveaways
Live Video Mix by Visualeyz
Drink Specials & Nigerian Small Chops!

FREE with RSVP // Only RSVP list will be admitted
RSVP: http://www.FelaATL.eventbrite.com

Doors open 10 pm – 2 am

Bring your FELA MUSICAL ticket confirmation to win FELA! Goodies!!

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Feb
14
2013

Foot Festish: Nike Flyknit Lunar One Drops Today

Well… the day is upon us. I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day although that is today too… I’m referring to a different type of love today. My love for fresh sneakers.

If you missed the Nike Flyknit Racer & Trainer last summer, Nike is back with another installment of the sought after knit upper with the Flyknit Lunar One.

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With the flyknit upper the shoe reduces waste by using synthetic yarns and less glueing, stitching, etc. But not only is it environmentally friendly, it’s super comfy as well. Whether your looking for a neutral running shoe or just something unique to wear with a pair of jeans, this shoe has got you covered. It also comes in plenty of color ways as well.

Check out Nike footwear designer Rob Williams as he gives you an inside look to the Flyknit Lunar One.
Then head to NikeStore to get you a pair.

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