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DJ Rasta Root – “One Music Fest 2014 Artist Mix” (Mixtape)


DJ Rasta Root with another HOT mix! This one in anticipation of One Music Fest 2014; slated for Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Aaron’s Amphitheater – Lakewood (Atlanta, GA, USA). Get a taste of the performing artists in the lineup for the festival. Check out for more info on the festival.


A3C Presents The Periodic Table of Hip-Hop


Very nice! Deluxe graphic work now available from A3C. You can pick up a copy of this instant classic print… and get a discount on event passes in the process.

In preparation for the 10th Anniversary A3C Festival (Oct 8-12th) we took some time off from producing the world’s largest hip-hop festival and went into the lab to create the “The Periodic Table of Hip-Hop.” This unique piece of art is NOW available at Pop Chart Lab.

… and as a bonus, each print comes with a discount code for 2014 A3C Festival passes!

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Event: Invest In Gold (Art Show)


Goldi Gold hit us with the news of his upcoming art show, and we had to share. “Invest In Gold” looks set up to be more like an art experience than just a show. Goldi with details…

[M]y first solo art show. Featuring 22 all new unseen pieces (All art work for Sale) Limited edition prints, buttons, mix cd & wine.

Prints and limited edition swag and music. DJ Jamad on music duty. Admission: FREE. Get down to City of Ink (323 Walker Street, Castleberry Hill District, Atlanta)

DJ Blakmagic Helps ‘Usher’ In the 15-Year Celebration of the R&B King’s New Look Foundation

Good work by the homie DJ Blak Magic. A video recap of the celebration for the good work Usher’s New Look Foundation has been doing over the past 15 years. Scholarships for the youth; this year raising over a million dollars’ worth. Check out the celebs in the house, including but not limited to, hosting duties held down by fellow ATL-ien Ludacris.

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AEBL Hoops ‘Final Four’ Playoffs, ‘3-Point’ & ‘Slam Dunk’ Contests Taking Place This Weekend

AEBL 3-pt dunkConsidered to be Atlanta’s answer to NY’s Rucker Park, the AEBL (Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League) continues to grow quickly in popularity in only what I believe to be it’s second full season of existence. NBA stars such as Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard & many other entertainers have come out in support & to take in the games. This weekend proves to be no different & only better.  It’s playoff time with the ‘final four’ of the tournament games taking place tonight at 6pm & the final championship game on Sunday in addition to a 3-point & Slam Dunk contest. If you happen to be in Atlanta, this is something you may definitely want to come out at Central Park 400 Merrits Ave in Atlanta. Shouts out to @AEBLHoops!



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Event: Sango at The Graveyard Tavern Tonight in Atlanta!

Sango2Yet another thing that’s cool about the A-T-L (and…eh hem… about checking this site often), is the hip happenings that hop into to view to do. Like, you could stream the music below and say to yourself, “Sango really puts some chill vibes into the atmosphere.”

And you’d be right.

And right when you were about to say, “I bet experiencing Sango live would be next level,” you notice the flyers on this post and go, “Oh sh!t…I can catch Sango live TONIGHT!”

And you’d be right. See you there!

Shout out to the good folks at WERC, AB+L Radio and So High On Life for putting this on and putting us down.


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All Vinyl Everything: DJ Jaycee’s Birthday Edition (July 2014) by @KoolKila

DSC09515They rock your radios, festivals, weddings, and parties in the park and all types of venues after dark… and do we recognize them; esp. those at the heart of our life and art. We hope y’all do; because we do! Respect, Happy Birthday, and many happy returns to the homie DJ Jaycee. All Vinyl Everything (AVE) definitely recognized. Put the brother’s b-day in the event byline and made an event of it.

Traditionally, All Vinyl Everything is monthly event that has been showcasing DJs playing vinyl records in Atlanta, GA. Creators (and hosts) DJ Dibiase and Sean Falyon have presented the event for the past two years, FREE of charge to the public (that’s love). DJs each do a 30-minute set, playing whatever genre of music they desire (let ‘em work). This one went down at Noni’s Bar & Deli, downtown.

The July party was a celebration for DJ Jaycee’s birthday, one of the very first DJs to help jump start AVE (that’s love shown). DJ Jaycee selected some of his veteran DJ friends to play, including DJ Applejac, DJ Big X, Supa Funkregulata Celo, DJ Babey Drew, DJ Wally Sparks, DJ Kerosene, DJ Ghost, and more. See the birthday boy focused above? He’s happy though, trust. A real DJ in his element at a worthwhile event. We have more spinners’ pics after the jump.

Hate you missed the festivities? Jaycee has another b-day coming. But no need to wait for that occasion to get down at an AVE. For upcoming events, follow All Vinyl Everything on the twitter account, @AllVinylATL. Be in the know and ready to go when you get info. Come out, support good music (Hip-Hop, R&B, and much more). Doing it for you.

(And this time, for DJ Jaycee!)

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ESPN Highlights: Drake Hosts The 2014 ESPYs (Video)

Hey, Stuart Scott’s award acceptance was definitely the most beautiful moment of the night of the ESPYs. But like it or love it, Drake, as host, hit all the marks (and “Side Pieces” … hilarious) and kept the show lively and moving.

That ‘Lance blow’ though… (a W-T-F moment to be certain)! Enjoy the clip above, with lots after the jump. If you have half as much fun as Drake seemed to be having, you’ll be doing good.

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ESPYs Special Moment: Sports Anchor Stuart Scott Accepts The 2014 Jimmy V Award And A Hug From His Baby Girl (Video)

I’m not special. I just listened to what the man said.
Stuart Scott

The man, to whom ESPN anchor Stuart Scott refers in his statement above, was the late coach and ESPN commentator Jimmy Valvano. But if you witnessed Stuart’s acceptance of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs… through your tears… you witnessed what the man stood for – a demonstration of character, strength in the face of adversity, humility, honesty, and love. What you witnessed was heart; and it was beautiful.

Stuart is also battling cancer. And in his acceptance speech, he revealed how hard he is fighting – having undergone four surgeries in the days before due to complications with the disease. Such courage, wisdom and grace. Worthy of praise and so hard to put into words; but more than worthy of our attempt here.

Stuart is living V’s words: He will not give up…ever! Neither will his extended family (ESPN coworkers and execs, mom and dad siblings, girlfriend, daughters, other loved ones and friends); because, as he said, he cannot fight alone.

Watch the ultimate ESPN highlight; capped by the most beautiful moment of the night – when his youngest daughter, Sydni, walked on stage and gave Daddy the hug he needed.

(Crying again…dammit.)

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Kanye West – Live At The Wireless Festival 2014 (Video)

Turns out they did celebrate on the 4th of July in the UK this year… likely due to Kanye West being over there to rock at Finsbury Park, London. Some older and current jawns brought to the mass of worshippers gathered to watch Yeezus deliver his litany of hits at this year’s Wireless Festival. Nowadays, with all the mobile and camera tech folks bring, isn’t every festival ‘wireless’ (just saying)?

Bigger question: What was going on with the girl in the red dress near the beginning (above)? Did she pass out or something? Incredible show, and that was just the beginning. More crowd’s eye view footage after the jump.

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Snoop Dogg x Doug E. Fresh – “Lodi Dodi” (Live at The Roots Picnic) [Video]

At the 7th Annual Roots Picnic, Snoop and Doug E. Fresh do the damn thing on their rendition of Doug E. and Slick Rick’s “Lodi Dodi” live. Now, Snoop Dogg had a slow-flow styled version on his debut LP “Doggystyle.” But with Fresh dropping beat box heat live… you KNOW Snoop had to hold down his end with more of an homage to Rick The Ruler. Respect! Great performance.

(Catch a recap of the 2014 Roots Picnic after the jump.)

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Education: Jim Carrey Delivers an Enlightening Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation (Video)

“Fear is going to be a player in life, but you get to decide how much. So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it.”
Jim Carrey

Hilarious… easily slipping into profound… in his Maharishi University of Management ( graduation speech to 285 students representing 54 countries. Initially found a writeup and clip on it at Jim Carrey gave his commencement address to Maharishi University of Management’s class of 2014. The University Board of Trustees also presented Carrey with the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa, in recognition of his significant lifetime achievements as a world-renowned comedian and actor, artist, author and philanthropist.

Watch the full video (the above quote comes in at the 10-minute mark). I’m betting you will be impressed and entertained by Carrey’s talk. I was. LOTS of gems of wisdom dropped in this!


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2014 Red Bull Music Academy Guest Lecturer: D’Angelo (Video)

Author/filmmaker Nelson George welcomes the R&B legend D’Angelo for a rare extended sit-down. Giving insights on the people and trends that influence his music, past work and work in progress, his ‘process’ and more. Nearly 90 minutes of real talk from a really talented artist. We don’t hear from him like this often. So, take it in. Really.

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KRS-ONE And SiriusXM Celebrate Hip-Hop Appreciation Week 2014 (May 19th – 25th) [Video]

It’s so uh uh ON… ALL WEEK!

In the above clip, KRS-ONE stopped by SiriusXM’s Backspin to discuss the full-time, lifetime importance of Hip-Hop to humanity (yours, ours). This interview is part of the set off of Hip Hop Appreciation Week 2014 (May 19th – 25th) being celebrated on SiriusXM’s Backspin channel. For more information, check out More after the jump… and on the HHAW Facebook page.

Catch ‘All The Way Live’ with KRS-ONE on SiriusXM rebroadcasts this week. Hear the legendary KRS-ONE rock his catalog of classics (with Boogie Down Productions and his solo material). Recorded LIVE at the historic Howard Theatre in D.C.
Rebroadcasts: 5/22 8pm, 5/24 9pm, 5/25 8pm ET

Just doing my job. Just loving my Hip-Hop. No thanks necessary. But always appreciated. Please share.


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RADIO: AB+L Welcomes DJ Jo Def To Atlanta (Audio)

ArtbyOdell. Radio Host (shout to Beatz & Lyrics). Music Journalist. ATL insider. When you got ‘juice’ you leverage that. Case in point: The homie O-Diesel sat down and got dialed in with Producer/DJ Jo Def of the Soulection crew for an exclusive interview on behalf of the great folks over at The interview covers the Vibes 2 event where Jo Def will be making his Atlanta debut! Will Edmond of the WERC Crew (promoters of the event) sits in on the ArtbyOdell/AB+L interview, too.

The Vibes 2 event goes down May 29, 2014, at the Sound Table on Edgewood (Atlanta). Stay tuned for a live mix by Jo Def on the day of the show (all this brought to you by New Rules New Radio)! But for now, check out the interview audio…including some VERY dope mixing and blending!


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Monks Breakdance Honoring The Memory Of Beastie Boys’ MCA (Video)

In advance of the 3rd annual MCA Day (May 3, 2014), four men dressed in Tibetan garb pay physical tribute to the late, great emcee Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys (while “Ch-Check It Out” plays in the background). MCA was a devout Tibetan Buddhist, and creator of the Free Tibet concert series. So, this feels more than right.


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An Evening With Giancarlo Esposito (Video)

Sure, you know Giancarlo ‘Gus Fring’ Esposito from ‘Breaking Bad’… but can we go back to Dean Big Brother AlmightyBuggin’ Out… huh? For the film buff and casual fan who can appreciate real talk from an actor whose career spans over three decades, we got you! Watch 90+ minutes of insight on Esposito.

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Nas Speaks With Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University (Video)

Hanging out here with us all this time (thank you, thank you) you do realize by now that the terms Hip-Hop and scholar are not mutually exclusive, right? That realization is what will really let you sink your teeth into this incredible happening: Renowned author, sociology scholar, and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson sat down with Harvard University honoree and god emcee Nas for an 80-minute talk on the current state of Hip-Hop and the culture, on the upcoming 20th anniversary of the classic “Illmatic” LP and much more. The event was moderated by another scholar – James Peterson, Director of Africana studies and associate professor of English at Lehigh University. Music director for the evening… another scholar – DJ, producer, professor and Harvard University Fellow 9th Wonder y’all. C’mon maaannn! Up above. Click play. Go!

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The ‘Scratch DJ Academy’ Opens up a New School Chapter In Atlanta (The @KoolKila Report)

DSC09288After three years of consideration and strategic planning, the world-renown Scratch DJ Academy has now opened a new school chapter in Atlanta, GA. Saturday, February 15th, Scratch DJ Academy held an open house for it’s new facility located within the SAE Institute. The event was packed with aspiring students, industry professionals and music enthusiasts of all kinds. Founded in 2002 in New York City, NY, by Jam Master Jay (hip hop pioneer and DJ for Run DMC), Scratch DJ Academy continues to attract individuals interested in learning the fundamentals of DJing. Several chapters have already been established in the United States, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and now Atlanta. After students successfully complete courses, they can receive certification for their education. Professionals already established in the business can also take courses to update themselves about the latest technologies for DJs. Hosted by instructor DJ Hapa and other academy employees, visitors were able to see the musical gear used in classes, meet new employees, and witness live DJ performances. DJ Hapa also hosted a panel discussion to introduce a few of the instructors for the school, including Atlanta veterans DJ Jaycee, DJ Jelly, and DJ Sky. Another contemporary favorite in Atlanta, DJ Sofa King Evil, was on hand to introduce himself as well. Classes are slated to begin in March. For more information, visit: Also email at



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Events: The #DearDilla Private Video Screening In Atlanta with Phife Dawg (The @KoolKila Report)

dear dilla screenThursday night, February 6, 2014, the Atlanta music community came together for a special video premier party, celebrating the new solo release from Phife (A Tribe Called Quest). “Dear Dilla” pays tribute to the legendary hip hop producer James Yancey, aka J Dilla. The single drops in time for the yearly “Dilla Day” celebration of the famed producer’s birthday in February. J Dilla produced classic songs for A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, Common, The Roots, and is very notably admired for his solo albums and work with Slum Village. He died from a rare blood disease in 2006.

The new single, “Dear Dilla,” produced by DJ Rasta Root (longtime friend and DJ of Phife and A Tribe Called Quest), is Phife’s first new music in over 13 years. He participated in a Q&A with DJ Rasta Root, video director Konee Rok and independent Atlanta artist 4-Ize (co-star in the video). Also on hand for special performances was rap artist and MC Boog Brown (who performed J Dilla’s material), and DJ Fudge of 5 Star Generals.

Held at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema theatre, the video release party played host to many of Atlanta’s music trendsetters, DJs, journalists, music connoisseurs and fans. The video premier was hosted by Jayforce of the Beatz & Lyrics show (WRFG FM). Sponsors of the event included Whole Foods,,, Mono, and Zico Coconut Water . Event production by Riddim Kidz, Smokin Needles, SOciaLight and The Agency.

The single “Dear Dilla” is now available to purchase on iTunes.



(additional photos below courtesy of JAYFORCE.COM, @KoolKila, &  ATLHipHop)


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