A couple weeks ago Idle Warship (Res & Talib Kweli) made a stop in ATL to perform at the Loft. I ended up missing the show because it landed on the same night as the Kaws exhibit opening which I had already got tickets for. Luckily the homie Maurice Garland was there hosting and caught some footage of the show as well as interviewed the duo back stage. Check out the footage. Spotted at MG.com
MG talks to Idle Warship about Philly DJ’s Vs. New York DJ’s, Lin-sanity (which Kweli knows nothing about), and the last time he stole something. Check it out…
Thursday night I started my evening by stopping by the Creative Loafing Printhouse for the ATL Short Cuts Film Contest. The object of the film contest was to see who could capture the Atlanta music scene in 5 minutes or less. 10 films were selected (really I’ll say 8, because 2 were actual music videos), and this one won the “Critics Choice” award for the evening. Those in attendance had the opportunity to vote for their favorite film, and today at noon online voting began.
Anyone that knows me, know I always say the ATL indie Hip Hop scene is one the best in the world, and it’s definitely underexposed. The media, record labels, blogs, etc., tend to only show love to major label Hip Hop acts in the city, but there’s a WHOLE another crop of artist who call this city home who have a totally different sound.
Shouts to Will Feagins for putting this joint together. There’s a clip of me from my LP release party performing, but I wasn’t able to make it out to the shoot when it happened, that’s why the kid has no speaking role in here. All good though, the short film is still very FRESH, and I’m proud of it. After you check it out, stop by Creative Loafing to vote for it. If (when) it wins the short film contest, it will be shown at the Atlanta Film Festival later this month.
I must say I was blessed to be in the house on Friday Feb 24th for the Methuzulah “House Of Halogens” EP release party event. Poodie The Byz hit the stage that night at 529 and hit me with the straight unexpected freshness. She rocked a 10 minute tribute to several musical visionaries who have left us too soon. That’s my loud ass you hear yelling in the background “Ain’t no such thing as accidents!” HA. Check it out.
The performance pays tribute to, in order:
Don Cornelius, Heavy D, Notorious B.I.G., Big Pun,
2Pac, Nate Dogg, Guru, Big L, MC Breed, Christopher
“Jax” Thurston, Freaky Tah, Mac Dre, Ol’ Dirty Bastard,
Jam Master Jay, J Dilla, Eazy-E, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes,
Pimp C, with special shout outs to DJ OX, Proof,
Sylvia Robinson & The Human BeatBox Buff Love.
My big bro Cognito recently hosted Red Bull Music Academy lectures in Los Angeles where he interviewed Ali Shaheed Muhammad (ATCQ/Lucy Pearl) and Maseo (De La Soul) in a room full of music enthusiasts.
Check out the full video footage from both lectures below:
Ali Shaheed speaks on his origins of DJing and producing.
Now this right here is what the world needs to be hearing on the commercial radio dial coming out of ATL. F.U.P.M. aka Fuck You Pay Me aka Stat Quo and Bobby Creekwater have been in the lab working on a new project. In case you forgot, Both emcees were signed to Eminem’s Shady Records imprint but never released albums. I always supported Stat Quo and felt he had what it takes to be the next big voice to be heard coming out of ATL. The homie Bobby Creek I’ve known since high school, and always proud of his movements as well as his consistency. So I’ve really liked the few collab records I’ve heard from these guys. Can’t wait to hear as well as see how the world responds to F.U.P.M. In the meantime check out their latest video for the song “Alright, Alright.”
One of my favorite songs from Pharoahe’s last album “W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) finally gets a visual. Check out the new video for “Still Standing” featuring Mela Machinko & Jill Scott.
On “Still Standing” Pharoahe raps about his on going battle with chronic asthma since childhood. A few years ago I found out how serious Pharoahe’s condition was. I went to a show he was supposed to be performing at, but he never took the stage. The word spread around that he suffered a serious asthma attack and was going to be un-able to perform. It’s very amazing as well that Pharoahe who has incredible breath control on the mic suffers from asthma.
“Still Standing” is an inspiring message for anyone going through something tough. No matter how rough it gets, don’t ever let life knock you down, you gotta keep standing tall! Check out the new video for yourself.
TheKaosEffect.com turns 5 years old next month… We Still Standing!!!
Kenny Dope and Little Louie Vegas aka Masters At Work are like the Outkast of house music. Very different personalities, but the one thing they share in common is their love for making and playing music.
I got a chance to meet Masters At Work during the Red Bulll Music Academy activities in San Fran. I caught a picture with both Kenny Dope and Little Louie Vega but it near impossible to get a pic with both of them in it.
Their name says it all – Masters At Work. ‘Little’ Louie Vega and Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez celebrate 20 years together, channeling dance music down new paths with their inventive production style and imaginative feel for different musical forms. The two native New Yorkers have amassed an overwhelming body of work including hundreds of original productions and defiantly mix everything they can find – house, hip hop, funk, disco, Latin, African and jazz – into a universal groove. XLR8R’s Shawn Reynaldo sits down with them on the couch during Red Bull Music Academy’s ‘New York City to SF Bay’ lecture series in San Francisco to discuss the start of their careers and dissolving the barriers between genres.
Before he hits the stage with Madonna for the Super Bowl, watch Cee Lo Green’s full performance from the Allstate Fan Fest.
Grammy-winning singer Cee-Lo teams up with Allstate for their Fan Fest Concert in New Orleans as he takes fans behind the scenes in his preparation and rehearsals for his show. Aside from talking about his artistry and his anticipation for the show, he also talks about his fan base and how they are quite representative of his sound and style too. For 2012, he hopes to have a successful year and chase after something that’s unexpected, so keep a look out for him.
Until then, check out his 30-minute set as he performs a bunch of his old and new hits, from “Crazy” to “F— You”!
Back around Thanksgiving the homie Skyzoo was in ATL. He rocked a show at Club 529 but earlier that day I saw tweets about him being in the Stankonia Studios (Outkast/Atlanta) working with Young Lyxx on something… What is done in the studio dark… shall come to light (at least you hope it works out like that HA). Looks like the two teamed up on a track called “You Ain’t Heard.” Here’s some behind the footage of the two recording the track. Video work by Cam Kirk, although I’m not sure who produced this track.
It’s interesting to see both emcees type / spit rhymes off their mobile phones. I wonder how this has affected the sales of Mead Composition Notebooks as it seems the ways of the rhyme book are going extinct… Check it out.
I caught this video on Facebook a week or so ago. Footage of the homie Big Rec (The Five) repping on Wheel Of Fortune. Turns out the homie went on the game show, won the whole thing, then kicked some bars at the end. WOW.
Big Rec is the first emcee I know to kick it with Pat Sajack and Vanna White.