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
It’s been over a week since the 8th annual A3C Hip Hop Festival took over ATL. It’s also taken the full week for me to recover.
The day before the festival kicked off, I caught RZA perform while touring the country to promote his new film “The man with the iron fist.”
After picking up my A3C badge for the weekend my first stop was WREK 91.1 (GA Tech Radio) for the weekly Wrekroom radio show. Special guests included Tona (Toronto), DJ Ko Flow (Singapore), Kevin Lester, Teff, Fiona Bloom, Greg Schick (World Hip-Hop), and Wrekroom fam.
After leaving the station I headed over to Terminal West to catch the Big Boi (Outkast) performance. The schedule says Big is supposed to be on stage at 10:30pm but my gut tells me that he’ll be on later. Sometimes it really pays to listen to your gut. I didn’t make it to Terminal West until around 11pm, but I was RIGHT on time as Big Boi was just hitting the stage. He started off by running through Outkast classics before getting into his solo material. Big had the crowd in the palm of his hand, he announces “I was only supposed to come out and do a few songs, but I want to keep rocking” to cheers from the whole room. Just when you think the energy can’t get any crazier, Killer Mike walks onto stage and the place erupts! Mike ran through the “Whole World,” “Akshun,” before leaving the stage. At the end of the show Big Boi was joined on stage by Dungeon Family crew; Backbone, Slimm Calhoun, C-Bone, Koncrete, and Killer Mike who came back out to perform the anthem “Kryptonite.” Overall the show was Awesome and set the bar for the weekend.
After the Big Boi show, I went straight to MJQ’s Druken Unicorn for the “Stay Productive” producers event. Being as late as I was, I was only able to catch some of Oh-No’s set, and missed the rest of the monsters who were scheduled to get down. At the end of the night I snapped a pic of Oh No, Khrysis, Yamin, Illastrate, and DT.
The highlight of my Friday was performing as well as hosting the Red Bull stage later that evening. I got the pleasure of hosting alongside Monie Love as well as introducing Slum Village, Beatnuts, and The Liks.
On Saturday I decided to check out the film screenings that were taking place during the festival. I made it out to catch Will Feagin’s “Change In The Game” documentary. We snapped this pic on the red carpet outside. After the film I jumped in the studio to work on a track with Sha Stimuli before returning to the festival to catch Twista, Diamond District, & Tech Nine.
Oh I also bumped into a few Native Tongues OG’s as well. Mike G (Jungle Brothers), Pos (De La Soul), Me & Monie Love.
After all the festivities were over, I must admit I was dumb tired! Somehow with help of some friends I managed to scrape enough energy to make it to East Atlanta to catch the 9th Wonder vs. Young Guru party. When I arrived Just Blaze was actually djing, warming up the tables before 9th’s arrival.
Overall the festival was cool this year, I think I had more fun last year, but it was still cool.
New HEAT from ATL’s own Jay Qwest with Boog Brown and Methuzulah on deck. Oh.. and can’t forget Illastrate on the beat. Check it out…
Atlanta emcee Jay Qwest proudly presents the the J. Barnard-directed music video for “Offiseer”, the lead single from his forthcoming album Whiskey & Gun Powder, dropping April 24 on Elevated Press Records. “Offiseer” features Detroit-bred emcee Boog Brown (who released Brown Study in 2010 on Mello Music Group) and Methuzulah (picked by 50 Cent and Common as one of Youtube’s Top 20 Indie Artists), all ATL residents. Also residing in Atlanta, Indiana-bred producer Illastrate produced “Offiseer”, adding to a list of credits that includes J-Live and Treach from Naughty By Nature. “The song ‘Offiseer’ was written from personal experience and frustration dealing with police in Atlanta” Explains Jay. “After writing it, I realized how the song became like my own version of ‘Sound of da Police’ by KRS-One. So with that in mind, I wanted to pay homage to that song too, mixing the words ‘officer’ with ‘overseer’ making the title ‘Offiseer’. It is an unfortunate coincidence how this song relates to the recent shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, as well as so many other circumstances in this country concerning people of color and law enforcement. I think it’s tragic that we can’t always trust the police to protect us.”
In honor of TheKaosEffect’s 5 year anniversary I’m re-releasing my “Swagger Is Nothing, Talent Is Everything” project that was originally released in 2008. The project comes on CD, with slim jewel case. The CD contains 26 tracks including songs produced Kanye West, Johnny Euphonic, Illastrate, Rob Wonder, DJ Unknown and SL One. Oringal artwork designed by Frolab. Order yours by March 29th, and I will even autograph it for you.
Restless Featuring J-Live and Flux (Binkis Recs) leaked to the net this past Friday 11.11.11 the same day my album dropped. It is featured on my “The Kaos Effect” LP and has been getting a great response since it hit this net this past weekend.
The song is about being an independent artist constantly proving yourself, paying dues. My dues have been paid, I’ve been blessed to work with some Hip Hop legends like Phife, DJ Spinna, Large Professor, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Punchline, etc. who all believe in what I have to say. I feel like it’s time for the Hip Hop world and gatekeepers to stop sleeping and WAKE UP! This song is also dedicated to all the people in the world who work super hard and lose sleep chasing your dreams. Check it out, I hope everybody enjoys it. If you like this joint, make sure you check out the whole album “The Kaos Effect.”
Stream/Purchase: Señor Kaos Feat. J-Live & Flux “Restless” below. The Kaos Effect LP In Stores Now!!!
This Friday I will having my official album release party in ATL for the new project “The Kaos Effect.” Shouts to the good people at Speakeasy Promo for putting this together.
I will performing the album in its entirety along with Illastrate who produced the album. This is the first time me and Illa will perform a full set, as well as the first (and maybe only) time I perform the whole album in its entirety.
Helping celebrate the occasion I got performances from some of ATL’s finest: Lyric Jones, Binkis Recs, and 4-Ize. Plus music by DJ Deliver and DJ Mafioso. Expect special guests and surprise appearances throughout the evening. It’s all going down at 529 over in the East Atlanta Village.
Doors open at 9pm. Show starts at 10:30. Don’t be late, it’s sure to get packed early. $8 gets you in all night, and it’s 21 to party. I will also be selling physical copies of the new album for the first time, so make sure you stop buy and grab one.
SENOR KAOS ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER 11th (11.11.11) RELEASE DATE FOR “THE KAOS EFFECT” LP, RELEASES ARTWORK, TRACK LISTING, PLUS NEW SINGLE.
The time has finally come for Atlanta emcee Señor Kaos to release his highly anticipated album via indy label High Water Music. The LP entitled The Kaos Effect shares the same name as Kaos’ website (thekaoseffect.com) which was created in 2007 as a way to connect with fans.
“The Kaos Effect album is a snap shot of my life from the years 2000 through 2010. Throughout the listeners journey you will hear stories about my trails and tribulations of becoming an artist, quitting my job to follow my passion, starting my own company, making money, losing money, traveling the world, getting evicted, and dealing with the death of a fellow solider and friend,” says Kaos.
“The title The Kaos Effect describes all the small pieces I’ve collected over a decade which now have been put together to create a great puzzle. A lot of people know me for different things. Some know me because of my website, or the Blogs, while others know me strictly through my marketing related work, and some only know me for my popular interviews with Hip Hop artists like (Ghostface, Pharoahe Monch, B.O.B., DJ Clark Kent, Little Brother, Wale, Game, etc.). So the overall goal of this record, is for me to share a piece of my story with the world so they can understand why people call Señor Kaos The Most Interesting MC In The World.”
The album is produced entirely by Atlanta mainstay Illastrate. The first song and video released from the project “Automatic Classic” is currently available for purchase on iTunes via High Water Music.
“Me and Illastrate started working on this project three years ago. At first the plan was to create an EP of 5 or 6 songs. Once we reached that goal, Illa came up with the idea to produce a full album for me. In a time where emcees look for several great producers to create a sound for their project, I chose to work with only one. When there’s one person who understands your artistry and sound, it makes the process of creating that much more easier. Illastrate is ATL’s best-kept secret when it comes to production, but hopefully he won’t be anymore once the world hears The Kaos Effect.”
In addition to Illastrate’s production the album also features guest artists: J-Live, Fresh Daily, Binkis Recs, Ekundayo, Ozy Reigns, Lyric Jones, Fort Knox and includes cuts by DJ Dainja. The album will be released in physical and digital formats on Friday November 11, 2011 (11.11.11) via New York based Indy label High Water Music. (highwaterISmusic.com).
“Its Like That” featuring ATL emcee Ekundayo is the first leak to be released fromThe Kaos Effect.
Words can’t explain how long I’ve been waiting to announce my album release party. I’ve been working on this project for 3 years and it’s FINALLY finished and I can’t wait to share it with you… The Fans. Check the flyers for the details. Leave a comment if you have any questions.
The Kaos Effect LP Physical and Digital distribution will be in FULL effect via High Water Music. Album release party presented by Speakeasy Promo.
The homie Ekundayo told me about this joint on the 16th and I JUST finally got a chance to sit down and check out this morning. I had NO idea the two of them were even working on this project until the heard the finished product. I’m digging it. Shouts to the homie Princeton Parks who ends up getting busy on two tracks. Beats from the likes of Illastrate and Amdex who also laces a CRAZY verse on the track he produced. Definitely some more flavor repping the ATL Indy Hip Hop scene.