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A Happy 40th Birthday Celebration For Allen Iverson (Video)

A celebration in honor of the former 76’er who recently turned 40 – Allen Iverson. Great clip for one of pro b-ball’s greats. Check it out. Some tender moments in there, too. Nice.

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“Cooley High” Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary (Video)

And I’ll taaaaaake with me the memorieeeees…

Wow! Has it been 40 years already? Answer: Yes. The movie some of your peers didn’t even know about until Boyz II Men did the theme song remake (“It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” – see quote above)… “Cooley High” was released 40 years ago! Movie magic made with a cast of unknowns (at that point in time). Hard times, good times, sad times. A bittersweet classic that is REQUIRED watching; so watch above (again, if you like) and celebrate with us. Preach, Cochise… everybody is waiting for you to press play. Go!

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Ma Dukes Announces ‘ATL J Dilla Chapter’ + Planet Asia & Methuzulah Performance (Video)

The spirit of J Dilla lives on way past his death.  If you are not familiar J Dilla as a producer set the soundtrack for artists from Common to Erykah Badu to Talib Kweli to D’Angelo, A Tribe Called Quest and many more.  His mother Ma Dukes along with the Dilla Foundation have kept his mission and movement going to this day.  Recently Ma Dukes along with the Dilla Foundation were in Atlanta to announce the new ATL Dilla Chapter.  The night consisted of a great beat battle from producers all over the country.  It was capped off by great performances from Methuzulah and Planet Asia.  Check out more videos after the jump.

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Kanye West Receives Honorary Doctorate From The Art Institute Of Chicago And Gives Speech (Video)

Well, he did promise his mom he would go back to school. Sometimes Ye can go over the top and it be a good (even great) thing. “The College Dropout” recently received an honorary doctorate degree from The Art Institute Of Chicago. Congratulations, Dr. West. Watch his speech (above).

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Kanye West Addresses Graduates Of L.A. Trade Technical College (Video)

Just think… Whatever you think about the man, having Yeezus show up and give a real talk at your graduation would rate high among your college memories. Even cooler if a popular campus brag has been that Professor West was once part of the faculty there. Well, Guess Who’s Bizzack? Yep, took it there for a sec. Watch Kanye West address L.A. Trade Tech’s newest cap-n-gowners.

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Rap Quotes ATL : Dirty South Edition (Video)

So when it comes to classic rap lyrics many involve the artist shouting out their hometown or where they may reside at current time.  Not always content at just shouting out their city, but many rappers detail clothing stores, restaurants and of course the “Shoe Modeling Spots” (Strip Clubs).  Jay Shells (Artist/Designer) hailing from New York City has taken his love of rap quotes referencing cities to the next level.  He is behind the movement known as “Rap Quotes” where he actually creates signs with the lyrics of certain areas and places them exactly where the rapper mentioned.  He has done this in the cities of New York, LA, Philadelphia, and now he has come to the city I call home….Atlanta.  He was brought to the city by the founders of A3C festival and in the video shot by Animal New York you catch Jay placing the signs up all over town.  Jay Shells is coming back to Atlanta in October be and we will definitely talk with him for the site and Beatz & Lyrics Show!

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The 38th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival: Memorial Day Weekend

If you are in Atlanta or close to the city and want something to do this upcoming Memorial Day weekend the 38th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is a great choice.  The festival takes place May 22-24 at legendary Piedmont Park with an incredible roster of entertainers.  Just to name a few here goes Thundercat, Derrick Hodge, The Wolfpack ATL, Julie Dexter and many many more.  If you are not able to make the event don’t worry we will have a full report because JAYFORCE.COM will be onsite covering the event as official Festival media.  With that said if you are in Atlanta you really have no excuse because it’s one of the best Jazz Festivals in the nation and it is FREE!

Celebrating 38 years of musical mastery, the Atlant
a Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spend
Memorial Day Weekend (May 22-24). Set in the heart
of midtown Atlanta’s beautiful Piedmont
Park, visitors can stroll through booths of unique
art, clothing and jewelry and savor delicious
treats ranging from BBQ and soul food, to classic b
urgers. This year’s lineup includes Pharoah
Sanders, Diane Schuur, and The Rad Trads. Admission
to the festival is FREE.
The Atlanta Jazz
Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Mayor’
s Office of Cultural Affairs.
Check the web site
for details:
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A3C Festival Presents “De La Soul Day” Saturday October 10th (Event)

unnamedWell everything is coming up Daisies for De La Soul.  The Kickstarter they launched for their new album has been a success garnering over $600,000 in crowd funding and still growing.  Now the good folks over at A3C festival have now announced “De La Soul Day” October 10th 2015.  This will take place during the Hip Hop festival more details after the jump!  So let’s get ready and we might have to get a Beatz & Lyrics De La Soul Day mash up!

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The ‘F*@k It’ List: President Obama Roasts Himself, Hillary Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden (Video)

The highlight of this news snip clip: President Obama’s new policy list (not a bucket list; but it rhymes with ‘bucket’). But there’s other good stuff in the brief video compilation, too. It was like the end of a ‘Barack Obama Roast’ at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He got shots in on e’erybody. Haaaaa!

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President Obama Calls On ‘Luther’, The Anger Translator, During Speech at WHCA Dinner (Video)

“Hold on to your lily white butts!”‘Luther’ The Anger Translator

This is classic!! America’s media pretty much has carte blanche in matters of merrymaking at The President’s expense. But imagine a comedy schtick that the President is actually in on! President Obama makes humorous remarks at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) every year, sure. But this year, he “borrows” Keegan Michael Key (of Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele”) to do his ‘Luther’ thing for some over-the-top hilarity. Journalists, politicians and celebrities at the dinner seemed to cheer as Key steps to the podium about as loud as you’d expect they would for The President. The routine the duo does is subdued (sorta) but what Key and President Obama pull off here… Well, this ought to show up in somebody’s history book! Enjoy.


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DJ Kemit & DJ Maseo (De La Soul) Pop Up Party [ATL Event]

unnamedSo what happens when a world renown DJ happens to be passing through Atlanta for a day and reaches out to one of the top DJ’s in Atlanta?  Well what you get is DJ Maseo of De La Soul reaching out to DJ Kemit who organizes a pop up party going down at the Sound Table Wednesday night 10pm-2:30am at 483 Edgewood Ave.  So if you are in Atlanta and you want to see one of the top DJ’s in the game spin then you know where you need to be! Some pictures below of the last time Maseo & Kemit spinned together at Spread Love event.

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Hometown Heroes ATL Present Waldo (Soulection), DJ Gravez (HW&W), & Xavier BLK (WERC Crew) Saturday April 4th, 2015

HH-4-4-with-sponsorsIf you are in Atlanta and want to check out some great music, people dancing, and see an emcee who is making waves in the game right now then Hometown Heroes has you covered.  This Saturday April 4th at The Basement in East Atlanta they have Waldo (Soulection) performing along with producer/DJ Gravez (HW&W) and producer/DJ Xavier Blk (Werc) spinning.  The local Heroes brought us Dpat & Atu of Soulection for their last event a few months back I was in the house and it was a Party!  So listen to their latest volume of Hometown Heroes radio after the jump below in the meantime to get you ready for the show!

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Imagining New Worlds: New ‘Fahamu Pecou’ Exhibit at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art

unnamed-3Talented visual artist Fahamu Pecou will be unveiling a new exhibit about at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA. Fahamu Pecou along with Jose Parla will be showcasing in what is titled ‘Imagining New Worlds.’ The art will be on display to the public starting February 14th but you can view it early Friday February 13th at the opening reception. How does enjoying a nice drink in the Taylor lobby of the High while grooving to sounds provided by DJ Teknology sound? I already know the answer so if you are in ATL look after the jump for ticket information!


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J Dilla – ‘Bangin’ Like A Dilla Instrumental’ (Mixtape)

To celebrate Dilla Weekend Miami today, deejays Manuvers, DJ Sharpsound and LouiArson have concocted this hour long mix of J Dilla instrumentals. Niiiiiiice! Big shout of to everyone in Miami today for the huge Dilla Weekend going down from February 5-8th. For the rest of us who are out of town we’ll just ride out to his mix all day as we’ll all be there in spirit. Check out the full lineup for Dilla Day Miami after the jump below….

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The 15 Project By ‘Fahamu Pecou’ at the ‘High Museum Of Art’ (Video)

Fahamu Pecou is an Artist, Scholar, Father, oh and he is also known as THE SHIT!  He recently had another edition of his Artist Live Talk Show The 15Project (Andy Warhol was famously quoted as saying “…in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”) The 15 Project facilitates that claim as an irreverent fusion of pop culture, fine art, sketch comedy, musical entertainment and much more.  The show was co hosted by Fabian Williams with DJ Kemit on the 1’s & 2’s and this went down at the renown High Museum. Read the rest of this entry »

KONNICHIWA: Japanese Urban Night @ Studio No.7 ATL [1.17.15]



Tweet @ScreamTour With Hashtag #HEAVEEHEAVEEHEAVEE To Help @FortKnoxLive Get On With #ScreamNation Tour 2015

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Very few have a demonstrated capacity to make you wanna “be there” like the homie Fort Knox. Not only does he promote events; he IS an event unto himself. Once he tags an event with that “Heavee! Heavee! Heavee!” it becomes a must-not-miss.

His excitement about an event he is down with is unparalleled… and infectious. We get amped feeding off his energy. He hasn’t steered us wrong about a happening yet. It follows, that when he reached out asking supporters to vote for him to get on board with and host the #SCREAMNATION Tour 2015, we leaped at the opportunity to spread the word. Good brother. Great promoter! We know he will be an incredible host for yet another monstrous event. He deserves this. Read and hit up Twitter “HEAVEE” for the homie, please.

Massive shout out to #THEPEOPLE because yall BEEN supporting me! I appreciate AND reciprocate it to the fullest! A new campaign has begun! Please repost/retweet/share if your vibing!

Hit @screamtour (twitter/ig) with the hashtag #HEAVEEHEAVEEHEAVEE to vote me the official host for #SCREAMNATION Tour 2015!

Fort Knox (@FortKnoxLive)

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DJ Dug Boogie + Children Benefit

dj dug boogie + fam - jayforce.comAs you may have heard, Atlanta based DJ Dug Boogie’s wife, Linett Wilder lost her battle with Lupus on Tuesday. The hip hop community is coming together to raise some funds to help Dug & his children through this difficult time.

On Tuesday December 23rd, there will be a benefit concert at the Apache Cafe in Atlanta

Performances by
Clan Destined
Boog Brown
DJ Nervex
DJ Gee Supreme
Hosted by Fort Knox

We are suggesting a minimum of $10 donation at the door, but any support at all is greatly appreciated.

“This fundraiser is on behalf of my friend and DJ comrade Dug Boogie. Dug Boogie has been a prominent figure amongst the hip hop DJs in Atlanta and needs our help. His beloved wife Linett passed away from complications of Lupus on the morning of 12/16/14. Now what you may not know is Linett and Dug adopted Linette’s niece and nephew a few years after their mother passed away.

Now that Linett is gone, our homie Dug Boogie needs assistance for the two children that he’s become a dad to. Fortunately, he has the burial costs covered but I figured we in the hip hop community can offer some extra help to relieve some financial stress while he segways into being a single parent.”

Thanks in advance,
Rashuri Rasyrious

There is also a Go Fund Me page set up here:

Beat Royale On December 11th (Event)


In Hip Hop you have the emcee and the DJ that get most of the recognition.  The producer is someone who can’t be ignored in this conversation though.  What has you nodding your head or moving your feet?  It’s the beat, and on December 11th Beat Royale goes down in Atlanta GA at the Basement in East Atlanta.  What is Beat Royale you ask?  Well it is the premier Beat Battle competition a sonic experience of Beats and Beyond brought to you by Dynamic Producer & Savage Fam Pro entertainment.

This will be a 16 producer Beat Battle showcase with live performances, celebrity appearances, major label execs & industry managers in the house.  If that is not enough to entice you well how about super Grammy award winning producer Needlz whose credits range from 50 Cent, Drake, Busta Rhymes, Young Jeezy and many many more. If that is not enough how about Big Rec on the rise emcee who has been wrecking stages left and right with his new album Doomsday which is entirely produced by the legend Diamond D! Still not enough you say?  Okay well Diamond D himself will be in the place legendary producer/emcee DITC crew need I say more?

So be in the place on December 11th at the Basement 1245 Glenwood Ave SE Atlanta GA 30316 show starts at 8pm!


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J. Keys Recap: Performance at the 2014 A3C Festival (Video)

That’s alright right there, J. Keys! Perspectives from the A3C we just put in the books… and from our Beatz & Lyrics Show 15th Anniversary Concert (featuring J. Keys, Elzhi, Skyzoo, J-Live and more) during the Festival.

The 10th annual A3C took place over 5 days, between Wednesday, Oct 8th and Sunday, Oct 12th. A3C venues were centrally located throughout four closely connected, high traffic, cultural hubs in metro Atlanta: Downtown, Old 4th Ward, Little 5 Points and East Atlanta Village.

J. Keys took the stage for an impromptu performance on the A3C Main Stage during the Beatz & Lyrics Show 15th Anniversary show hosted by JayForce Friday, October 10, 2014.

Nice. Very nice. Salute! Y’all click and enjoy.

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