Events: A Night With Brand Jordan Part 2 @ Wish

It’s been a few years since Wish ATL hosted a special event with Jayson Mayden from Brand Jordan. Part 2 is finally here… This is going down tonight. The RSVP is closed, so hope you got in on this one… if not there’s always part 3.


Part 2 // For one night only Jordan Brand’s own Senior Global Design Director, Jason Mayden and Director of Energy Footwear, Gemo Wong will be hosting a workshop and interactive product and design forum at Wish.

Shouts to Frank and the good people at Wish for continuing to inspired & enable the ATL community.


ATL Events: The 2013 A3C Festival Begins Today!

WOW. This really snuck up on me this year. I can’t believe it’s October all ready. The 2013 A3C Festival is here and ready to go. The line up is looking pretty crazy as you can see by the flyer below. Hopefully you got your tickets already. I suggest planning ahead as the festival will be spread across the city this year.


Check A3C for up to date schedule & line ups. If your in ATL. Get at me, I’ll be around as usual.


New Music: 4-Ize Feat. Ludacris “It’s My Job”


New music from 4-Ize, this time featuring Ludacris letting you know what they both enjoy doing best… Their job!

A few years ago I was with 4-Ize when he linked up with producers J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League at a studio in ATL. They played a few beats, and there was a joint 4-Ize really wanted. When I heard this, I told him he should definitely do something with it. I din’t necessarily know what he should do, but I felt it had a nice bounce too it that I know he could bet busy on.

The single artwork features a picture of 4-Ize & Luda from when they were kids. For those that don’t know the two grew up with each other on the westside of Chicago, where they started a rap group called “Loudmouf Hooligans.”

It’s definitely great to see this song go from start to finish. Always great to hear 4 and Luda on the same track as well. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments.


Foot Fetish: 3lab5 Jordan 5 Releases This Saturday 9/21


September is here and things just got real! Fall is amongst us, and the sneaker gods at Nike & Brand Jordan have a lot of heat coming as temperatures in most places start to drop.

Since images of the 3lab5 Jordan V hit the net a few months back, sneakerheads have been either praised or dissed this release. Yep there’s a LOT of elephant print on here, and for some it’s too much, while for others it’s unique and since the iconic elephant print pattern has never been used on the Jordan 5, it becomes a must have.

The first thing I noticed when I first saw this shoe, is it reminded me a lot of the Atmos Air Max 1 for some years back.


The 3lab5 release is apart of the new Jordan “Elements” series. This series mixes the most iconic elements (such as elephant print) with the most classic Air Jordans, shining a new light on the already classic collection of legendary footwear. The Jordan V (5) originally released in 1993 is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year as well. In the past month 3 Jordan 5′s have been released: Fear Pack, Fire Red, and Doernbecher 5.

This shoe will be released this Saturday, September 21st. The price tag is $225 and if you plan on getting a pair, I suggest getting your game plan together ASAP!
If you don’t get your hands on these, the “Bel Air V” is coming next.
Happy Hunting.


Movies: Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp (Official Trailer)

A few months back I told you about the new Iceberg Slim doc in Movies To Check For. I got a chance to see this film earlier this year at the Atlanta Film Festival. It does a great job of giving your the foundation of Iceberg Slim. The conditions and situations which shaped his behavior. It also shows you the side many people probably have never seen… his wife and kids, as well as how his books became thing of legend.

It’s definitely a great piece of work and I can’t wait for the DVD to drop.

Until then… check out the official trailer, and remember, if you ain’t choosing, you losing. Make your next move your best move. Keep it pimping!

Keep an eye out for when this film hits your town. Check showtimes.


Television: Arsenio Is Back!

After a 20 year hiatus, comedian and actor Arsenio Hall is back on late night. When I was younger I remember BEGGING my mother to let me stay up late to see MC Hammer (Don’t front, like Hammer’s show wasn’t must see TV) perform on Arsenio. By the time Hammer got on I was KNOCKED out sleep on the couch. LOL.

In the early 90′s it seemed like Arsenio was everywhere. In addition to the TV show he had roles in Harlem Nights and Coming to America which were both huge movies at the time. It seemed like he was destined to take over the spotlight then one day in 94 it just seemed like he disappeared.

While recently traveling in Chicago, I saw a billboard announcing Arsenio was going to be back on the air. I was definitely interested to see if he still had it after all these years. I can’t front, I missed the first show yesterday. I did catch some of it online though.

I liked how he kept some of the old elements which made the show a success. The chant, the house band which was called “The Posse” is now “Posse 2.0.” In my opinion Arsenio is still the funniest guy on late night, I hope the shoe sticks around, but if it’s like any of my other favorite shows, it will last a season or two and then disappear due to politics.

Episode 1 featured a surprise appearance from Paula Abdul, interview with Chris Tucker and performance by Snoop Dogg Lion

Check out some clips from the first episode. If your like me, you’ve been wondering where Arsenio has been for the past 19 years. Take a look…


Don Cannon Named Def Jam VP of A&R


CONGRATS to the big homie Don Cannon who was recently named the VP for Def Jam’s A&R department. I’ve known Cannon for some years now, and he’s always worked super hard and kept himself humble. I couldn’t be more happier to share this news for someone who truly deserves it. I’m sure this is just the beginning, and great things will continue for Def Jam and the Cannon man. Salute my brother. Check the official statement below.

Def Jam Recordings has named Don Cannon VP, A&R, according to a statement by Karen Kwak, EVP, head of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group. Mr. Cannon will oversee current and new artist projects, and will actively seek out, discover and sign new talent to the label.

Cannon will be based in Atlanta, and will report directly to Ms. Kwak and will work closely with Steve Bartels, president & COO, IDJ Music Group.

“Don Cannon is exactly the kind of multi-faceted producer and modern-day A&R executive who understands the Def Jam mission and culture and where we are headed for the future,” said Ms. Kwak in a statement. “He has already worked with some of our most successful artists, and we look forward to the fresh talent he will bring to the label.”

As a Grammy-nominated DJ and producer “DJ Don” Cannon has worked alongside artists that includes Nas, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Ludacri, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, OutKast, T.I, the Game, 50 Cent and more.

“A music person can only dream about being at Def Jam, the most important hip-hop destination in the world,” Cannon said in a statement. “I’m already working 24/7 to drive the innovation of music forward and I’m confident we’ll land some big successes in the very near future.”

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Cannon arrived in Atlanta as a student at HBCU Clark Atlanta University. He co-hosted a show on Atlanta’s WHTA Hot 107.9, that helped to popularize the Gangsta Grillz mixtape series, and received Atlanta’s Best DJ award from FOX-TV’s Good Day Atlanta. He later founded Cannon Music, LLC, a full-service production and promotion company. In 2009, he produced the theme for Tyler Perry’s “Meet The Paynes” sitcom. Mr. Cannon also produced season theme songs for the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers, and placed Young Jeezy’s “Circulate” in the national Belvedere Vodka campaign. Mr. Cannon has also served as Music Director of Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Shade 45” channel.

Forgot about this joint from like 6 years ago. HA. “Philly In The Building!”


News: Coalition DJ’s Featured In Wall Street Journal

“The Rise Of Atlanta Strip Club DJ’s.” Who knew the Wall Street Journal was paying attention to Atlanta let alone the strip clubs. HA.


The WSJ talks about how DJ’s in ATL’s strip clubs break records, and become music moguls in the process. Click HERE to check out the article.

Shouts to Nick Love, DJ Funky, Nando, Big X, Dibiase, and all the Coalition DJ’s.


NEW MUSIC: 4-IZE & Señor Kaos as Ultra Beast – Underground Scene


Here’s some new music to jump start your weekend. 4-IZE & myself come together as Ultra Beast to let you what’s happening on the “Underground Scene.” Produced by Crazy DJ Bazzaro of the Beatminerz. Stream & download below.

4-IZE & Senor Kaos as ULTRA BEAST – “Underground Scene” Produced by Crazy DJ Bazarro by señorkaos


Sports: Road To The Jordan Brand Classic

The Jordan Brand Classic takes the top high school basketball players around North America and brings them together for an all star game of epic proportions. I actually missed the game this year when it came on TV back in April. I ended up catching it later. A few of the names that stood out; Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Tyler Ennis, and Julius Randle. Two of these guys Andrew & Tyler are actually from Canada and are making a LOT of noise in the states. Check out this piece from On Point Basketball documenting their road to the Jordan Brand Classic held in Brooklyn, NYC at the newly built Barclays Center.

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