The Hip Hop world is still mourning the passing of Sean Price. His music will live on forever and the lives of the people he touched as well. With that said he still leaves behind a wife and children and if you reside in Atlanta you have the chance to attend a cool event and help his family out as well. DJ Kerosene of The Coalition DJ’s has teamed up with Louisville Sluggah of OGC/Boot Camp Click to organize this tribute going down Wednesday August 19th at the Sound Table (485 Edgewood Ave SE Atlanta, GA). It will be hosted by Fort Knox & Louisville Sluggah $5 entry from 9pm-2am with proceeds going directly to Sean Price family. There will be original art of Sean Price on display along with Jeremy Avalon, DJ Dug Boogie, & Jaycee on the tables so this is official. Not to mention Kerosene will do a special Sean P tribute mix as well.
DJ Jazzy Jeff had Dayne Jordan, DJ Ferno, a few other noteworthies and a gang of up-and-comers link up at a collaborative music creation and appreciation get together. Now this looks like a great idea; and a great time!
The Playlist Retreat is an intimate gathering of progressive artists for the purpose of inspiration, motivation and collaboration. It is an organic exchange between people who believe in the greater purpose of expression through music.
– DJ Jazzy Jeff
Summer is upon us which brings BBQ’s, pool parties, vacations and just enjoying nice weather. The other great part of Summer is Music Festivals! No shortage of great festivals across the nation of course we highlight local ones here in Atlanta. Plenty of festivals in NY and along the East Coast are always highlighted but we want to show some love and invite you to check out a pearl of a festival up in the Pacific North West (Seattle to be exact) called Bumbershoot! This year’s festival taking place September 5,6, & 7th (Labor Day Weekend) celebrates the 45th yr of Bumbershoot quite an accomplishment. When you look at the many people who have played here it’s an amazing list ranging from Isaac Hayes to Beck from T.I. to The Black Keys from Public Enemy to George Clinton & Bootsy Collins. That’s just a sample but it shows how diverse the lineups can be. Last year we covered the festival providing exclusive content on the site. Bringing you interviews with SZA, audio of J.Cole & Schoolboy Q performing and Wu Tang Clan who headlined the opening night of the festival! We will be heading back again this year to see great acts like Flying Lotus, Jhene Aiko, Chance The Rapper, The Weeknd and many more. Not just music there are seminars and a comedy & film branch of the festival. CLICK HERE to see our posting from last year. click after the jump to see full lineup and think about making the trip to the great city of Seattle and enjoy great music!
National bestselling author and producer of critically acclaimed documentary series “Hidden Colors”, Tariq Nasheed spoke in Atlanta recently at the Alliance Theater. Tariq is currently on his “Code of Conduct Tour” where he started off in Philadelphia making a stop in Atlanta and finishing in Detroit July 18th. I was in attendance for the lecture and it was information filled as Tariq gave the packed theater a set of codes that the African American community can put to use to empower the community. This clip is from the Q&A he had after his speech and be on the lookout the full lecture that will be available for purchase soon Click Here to follow Tariq Nasheed for updates.
Well AfroPunk is coming to the ATL. The festival that has created a great following and buzz starting out in NYC jus a decade ago is now coming to the dirty south. October 3rd & 4th 2015 they will take over Central Park Atlanta, GA with an incredible lineup. Just to name a few D’Angelo, Flying Lotus, Kaytranada, Public Enemy, and Lion Babe just to name a few. I know there is no need for me to even continue with the rest of the list you are already making plans now and Click Here for full list and more details!
“Putting together this concert was important to me because I wanted to provide the Haitian people a platform of hope and unity through music.”
– Olivier Martelly, Big O Productions CEO
A little footage (above) and a few pictures (after the jump) to show Hip-Hop having big heart! Shout to the people of Haiti. Earthquakes & the thievery related to relief efforts, ethnic cleansing & racism in the Dominican Republic, persistent poverty and despair… and still the people of Haiti push through. That’s real.
That said, it’s only right to shine a light on artists who try to bring a little light into dark times for a people. Haiti’s Big O Productions brought multi-platinum artists Swizz Beatz (who partnered with Martelly to make this happen), Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne to join Haitian Artists T-Micky and Barikad Crew in Port-au-Prince to present a FREE six-hour concert event for the over 100,000 people that attended. Actress/Model Kate Upton, Haitian-American boxer Andre Berto and Def Jam records exec Bu Thiam were also in attendance.
“This was a very humbling experience,” said Swizz Beatz following the concert. “To see the number of Haitians come out during a time like this was amazing…. The energy was perfect.”
– Swizz Beatz
Right now in America a lot of turmoil is going on. We just experienced the murder of 9 people by the terrorist Dylan Roof in Charleston SC. We still have the scars from Baltimore and Ferguson that went down this year. Not to mention black children being attacked in Texas at pool parties. Tariq Nasheed, NY Times best selling author & critically acclaimed film producer of Hidden Colors Movie Series, has talked about black people in America getting a “Code of Conduct”. This Code of Conduct he speaks of does not deal with Religion or joining an organization it deals with us collectively having a similar mindset on issues that affect our community. Well he has decided to come to the people to talk about this and he is going to Philadelphia, Detroit, and the city we are based out of Atlanta. The lecture in Atlanta takes place July 11th at the Alliance Theater located in the Woodruff Arts Center. This is a great venue and it is sure to be a fun filled night. Click the link after the jump to see a recent interview he did on international TV Network Press TV.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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!
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 Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spendMemorial Day Weekend (May 22-24). Set in the heartof midtown Atlanta’s beautiful PiedmontPark, visitors can stroll through booths of uniqueart, clothing and jewelry and savor delicioustreats ranging from BBQ and soul food, to classic burgers. This year’s lineup includes PharoahSanders, Diane Schuur, and The Rad Trads. Admissionto the festival is FREE.The Atlanta JazzFestival is presented by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.Check the web sitefor details:
Well 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!
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!
“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.
So 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.
Hometown Heroes ATL Present Waldo (Soulection), DJ Gravez (HW&W), & Xavier BLK (WERC Crew) Saturday April 4th, 2015
If 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!
Talented 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!