May
28
2014

Cool Execs: Señor Kaos Interview with Rolling Out

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I recently sat down with the good people from Rolling Out Magainze to discuss Brand Marketing. Check out the full story HERE and shouts to Rolling Out for showing love to the kid.

May
26
2014

Movers And Pacers Run Club

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Back in November 2013 I started a weekly group run with a few friends in the city. The idea then was the same as it is now: Providing a place where some of ATL’s movers and shakers can meet weekly to run together. The goal: to encourage the running habit. Promoting health & wellness as well creating another networking opportunity.

The crew meets up every Sunday evening at 8pm at Central Park in Atlantic Station. We run 3.2 miles around midtown. Feel free to join us. Follow the journey socially at @MoversAndPacers on Instagram and Facebook.

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

Events: Spinderella & Monie Love In ATL

Spinderella DJing with Monie Love on the mic hosting this Saturday @ 595 North in ATL. Nuff Said.

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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
16
2014

Foot Fetish: Nike x Ricardo Tisci Launch R.T. Air Force One Collection

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Nike recently created a collaboration with Givenchy creative director and designer Ricardo Tisci. RT being raised in Italy once had hoop dreams and has been a big fan of the white Air Force One for the past 15 years. So it was a no brainer that RT used Bruce Kilgores AF1 as a canvas to create on when Nike reached out to collab. The Air Force one originally released in 1982 has not only become the best selling shoe of all time, but it’s also shoe that has been used to create a cultural as well as fashion statement.

Ricardo remixed two of the shoes: the AF1 Low & AF1 Mid, and created something completely new with the AF1 Hi & the womens AF1 Boot. Both silhouettes have also been made in white and matching black colorways. Originally released in mid March the shoes were only sold in a handful boutiques in some of the worlds fashion capitals: NYC, London, Milan, Paris, Tokyo, etc. So many were unable to catch a pair. That is until last week when the shoes were released on Nike.com on April 11th.

See more pictures below. The collaboration is truly fresh! Taking the old and familiar and remixing it just enough with strong colors and premium materials. Along with that comes with a premium price, so be prepared to break bread as the Air Force One Low starts at $230 and goes up from there.

The white collection is out now, with the black color-ways gearing up for a May release.

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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

Apr
7
2014

Fashion: The Return Of Jogger Pants

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Last summer going into fall I a saw the trend of jogger pants starting the build. With brands like Zane Robe and Publish being at the forefront. In the 90′s and 2000′s men wore pants (sweats included) that would typically cover the top of their shoe. With sneaker culture being at an all time high things have been reversed with consumers wanting to show off their kicks more than ever.

Please don’t be fooled though. I heard a young guy state the other day how he liked jogger pants cause they were new. I made sure to let him know that joggers were BIG HUGE in the 80′s and have simply made a comeback. I remember owning a pair of grey ones in 3rd grade. I also remember watching shows like “Saved By The Bell” (Don’t judge me, Lisa Turtle was FINE! Lol) and seeing the colorful and printed joggers.

Like they say… “Things go in cycles.” I will say though the joggers of today are SO much more comfortable and they truly are the most comfortable pair of pants you will be probably own this year. When it comes to Jogger pants I prefer the brand Publish from a comfort, fit, and price standpoint. Check out a recent video from the brand and check your local retailer like Wish in ATL to catch you a pair (If they aren’t already sold out).

Publish | The Jogger Pants Campaign Official Video from Publish Brand on Vimeo.

Apr
7
2014

Boondocks Season 4 & Questions For Aaron McGruder

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There’s one thing not many people know about me. I don’t watch very much TV, and when I say not very much, I really mean little to none. I only really watch sports, award shows here and there, and an occasional TV show when I find one I really like. The Boondocks since day one has been one of those shows THAT I REALLY LIKE! The mix of satire, cultural relevance, and the fact that the program has been on the forefront of predicting several social trends makes it the best show on television in the past 10 years for me.

If you’ve been in these ATL streets lately, you’ve probably seen one of the several Boondocks murals in promotion of the new season 4 which kicks off on April 21st @ 10:30. I heard sometime last year from a source at Cartoon Network that Boondocks would definitely be returning for a 4th season. What I, or rather nobody knew was that founder and creator Aaron McGruder was going to be stepping down from the show.

This news announced last week leaves me a lot of confusion and even more questions. In a statement AM says:

As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons.
I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much represents my life’s work to this point. Huey, Riley, and Granddad are not just property to me. They are my fictional blood relatives. Nothing is more painful than to leave them behind.
To quote a great white man, “Hollywood is a business”. And to quote another great white man, “Don’t hold grudges”.
What has never been lost on me is the enormous responsibility that came with The Boondocks – particularly the television show and it’s relatively young audience. It was important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons. For three seasons I personally navigated this show through the minefields of controversy. It was not perfect. And it definitely was not quick. But it was always done with a keen sense of duty, history, culture, and love. Anything less would have been simply unacceptable.
As for me, I’m finally putting a life of controversy and troublemaking behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, BLACK JESUS.
AM

Okay so here’s what I’m confused about:
Doesn’t Aaron McGruder OWN the Boondocks. I mean he did found and create it right? So how are you stepping down from something you created. I mean that’s possible right. Russell stepped down from Def Jam, but when he did he announced he SOLD it.

Has the Boondocks been sold to Cartoon Network? With McGruder stepping down, who is stepping up? And if AM didn’t have anything to do with season 4, why wasn’t this news released before the creation of season 4?

McGruder hints at a new show “Black Jesus” that will be featured on the same Cartoon Network station as the Boondocks. If the network didn’t give complete creative control and freedom with the Boondocks, does Aaron really expect to get that with his new program?

Some of this story just isn’t making sense too me.

Futhermore… Deep down, I’m hoping this is all apart of a marketing scheme to continue building the buzz for the premier of season 4, and all questions will be answered soon enough. I guess we’ll see right?

Below is the trailer for Season 4 if you haven’t seen it yet. Shouts to the homie Killer Mike who’s voice you’ll hear in here. Monday April 21st (Boondocks has moved to Mondays WTF?) 10:30pm it all goes down.

What do you think of Aaron McGruder stepping down?

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