I would say, if you you were not at Atlanta’s Coalition DJs Anniversary Celebration and Longevity Panel event, you missed something special.
I would say that.
I might even go so far as to say that you took a major L this past Monday if you missed it. However, lucky for you, you know me. Even luckier for me, I am truly blessed to know, and be able to call in a favor from, Gerald Olivari of Black Vibes! Yep, G.O. went to the event and grabbed a lot of crucial footage: wisdom from the hearts and mouths of music industry insiders and grinders who have been at it for decades (some over 30 years). So, give thanks, because you are lucky not to have missed out out dopeness like this!
Start with Part 1 above, and absorb the knowledge that flowed with real (and raw, uncensored) conversation from the panelists assembled. On hand was DJ Toomp, KP, and more who have made hits (and money) with the likes of Dallas Austin, TI, Yelawolf, OutKast, Diddy… whew! And the gems they dropped, like:
Understand business… not just ‘the business’… first. This lesson even applies when you are cutting grass for a living: If you want to get paid, for real, DO THE WORK, for real!
If you want to excel as those you admire do, get around them and work like they do.
If you find yourself blessed with the opportunity to be around greatness, shut up and listen!
INFORMATION… that is a key to LONGEVITY.
Relationships go a LONG way!
Wise words well spoken…. applicable to music making AND to life in general! And that was just in the first half of the first part (above). You can keep going and growing with Part 2 after the jump. Got some Red Carpet pics for y’all, too. Shout out to Iman Lexington and public relations guru Amy Hanks (follow @AmyHanksPR) for putting us on to this opportunity as well. Just as you will learn from watching, real DJs and folks like Gerald (with his Black Vibes platform), I.Lex (with her connections and @ILexProject music & media consultancy), and my bro JayForce here just REALLY want artists they encounter to be good – for the culture and for themselves. So, watch this FREEbie intently; especially you artists and managers out there. Keep perfecting your craft and bettering your businesses.
This should help. Good luck!
– @ojones1 aka The Mascot
If you have been tuned into the Beatz & Lyrics Show on a weekly basis then you have heard the track Ski Mask Way by Rah Digga & Lyric Jones. The Beatz & Lyrics show that airs every Monday night 8pm Est 5pm PST on the Native Ryhmes Channel on Dash Radio. Okay shameless plug out of the way now lets get to this exclusive interview we had with these two Titans on the microphone. ArtbyOdell was at 529 in East Atlanta for the kickoff date of the Ski Mask Way tour. Lyric Jones & Rah Digga discuss how their collaboration came about and what new music they have in store. There is even a brief discussion on 2nd amendment gun rights as well. Let me apologize in advance for the abrupt end to the video, some technical difficulties but plenty of gems in this video, enjoy!
(Photo Credit: PictureMane )
YES and hell yes! So happy not to have to keep this under wraps anymore. WHEW! The visual for “Say What You Gotta Say” is out, debuting EXCLUSIVELY on JayForce.com (the first blog to spotlight it). This checks EVERY box on the wishlist. You heard the song already (hopefully, since it was posted earlier here). Dope BEATS & LYRICS and tight visual production a la the incomparable videographer, director and documentarian Will Feagins, Jr (of High Impact Multimedia). Check it out above, and check out the audio (and entire “Revenge Of The Nerds” project) link below!
Here at JAYFORCE.COM we have no problem telling you about other great sites to check out. One of my favorites is IdontDoClubs.com or IDDC for short. A friend of mine sent me a link to one of their stories about black owned Restaurants here in Atlanta, GA. I was impressed with the list and took the time to surf the site. Great events and alternatives to the nightclub life. So I reached out to the editor in chief and founder of the site Genese Jamilah. She took some time from her day to speak with me about why she does not do clubs. She also shares details about an upcoming event she has planned here in Atlanta. So enjoy this interview and stay tuned because we will be doing an upcoming post dedicated entirely to her Must Love Beards event happening here in Atlanta. We will also be giving away two free tickets for one of our lady readers of the site!
The A3C 2015 festival has kicked off and Wednesday night it was all about the showcases. I hosted the Tune Core Live stage (Shout out to Tune Core & Swisher Sweets) lot of great acts on the bill. One of the acts is an artist who we post up on Jayforce.com on the regular that is Chris Rivers. He rocked the crowd last night with great energy lyrics and some dope freestyles. Check out video above and click after the jump for more footage! The festival continues on from October 7-11 so be on the lookout because you know Jayforce.com & Beatz & Lyrics will be all over it.
Here at Jayforce.com we love putting people on to dope artists that you might not be familiar with. We are happy to say that we have a direct connection with the Seattle Hip Hop scene thanks to good folks like DJ DV One, DJ Hyphen, and J Moore. One artist out of the Pacific Northwest that we have posted about quite regularly is Dave B. On my recent trip to Seattle for Bumbershoot 2015 I finally got the chance to meet Dave B in person and hear more about his upcoming album Punch Drunk that will feature production from well known Seattle producer Jake One. Check out some exclusive content I captured while Dave B was being interviewed on Sunday Night Sound Session with J Moore & also concert footage of his Bumbershoot performance.
Before he was selling out The Tabernacle (historic concert venue in ATL) or playing Music Midtown, one of the largest festivals in Atlanta, a young Kendrick Lamar rocked the stage at the Masquerade back on April 2, 2011. Well before his albums “GKMC” and “To Pimp A Butterfly“, young “KDot” made noise & grew his fanbase off of his mixtapes. I was in attendance for this show along with my radio co-host Jayforce to see him perform. We were guests for Kendrick’s show in part because our program The Beatz & Lyrics Show was the first show playing Kendrick’s music in Atlanta on a regular basis & we also conducted his first Atlanta radio interview. So naturally we looked forward to finally seeing him in person. He did not disappoint it’s crazy to look back now because Ali, his famed engineer, was his DJ that night and his hype man was Schoolboy Q who at the time was only known by a few die hard TDE fans. This particular show was Kendrick’s official breakout show in Atlanta when you knew he was going to be a star on a larger level. Kendrick made a lot of fans that night and it doesn’t surprise me at all the success he has gained. So check out this vintage footage I shot of him rocking the crowd before the albums, before the baby twist dreads, & before the worldwide acclaim.
Right now quality programming is not exhibited much on Network TV. Most great shows are on cable with what HBO & Showtime have done and now with channels like Starz & others being the go to place for great content. With that said there is another place where people are finding the best content right at their fingertips. Yup U Guessed it (OG Maco voice) the Internet, Web Series & Netflix are where I spend a lot of my time. I don’t know what abc or nbc is playing but ask me about “Smoke & Mirrors” and I can tell you all about it. If you are not familiar Smoke & Mirrors is a web series shot here in Atlanta, GA by Christmas in July productions. Artemus Jenkins & KarynRose Bruyning are the creative forces behind it as Filmmaker & Director. After a successful first season they are back with Season 2 full of great stories and scenarios to keep you tuned in. I decided to speak with Artemus Jenkins about Season 2, creating web content, and dating life in Atlanta which relationships are highlighted in the series. So episode 1 of season 2 is posted here for your viewing pleasure be sure to go back and watch Season 1 and enjoy my interview with Artemus.
- ArtByOdell – Share with people what the aim is behind the web series Smoke & Mirrors?
- Artemus Jenkins – The aim behind Smoke and Mirrors is to express an image of love that relates more to what a lot of us actually know about lov. It is based more off experience than an idealistic portrait of love. The fact is, many of us have had a hard way to go when engaging in matters of love and romance so my partner KarynRose and I wanted to connect with everyone in a very organic way thru the stories we tell in Smoke and Mirrors
So ArtByOdell of the Beatz & Lyrics Show and our number one camera man James Lewis hit the town for another Night out with Beatz & Lyrics. This time it is an early morning adventure with Beatz & Lyrics visiting The Swag Shop Barber Shop owned by rapper Killer Mike and his wife. The Swag Shop is located in Atlanta, GA & recently Big Tigger of v103 did a live broadcast from the shop proviing kids with free haircuts for a couple of hours also promoting the new Furious 7 movie dropping April 3rd. A cold Saturday morning didn’t stop people from showing up, even entertainers DC Young Fly & Eman Hudson stopped by to take photos and crack jokes. So be sure to be on the lookout never know where you might see Beatz & Lyrics hosts Jayforce, ArtByOdell, TwiceBorn, & James Lewis with the camera out and about.
Channel Dynamic a site based here in Atlanta, GA sat down with Jayforce & ArtByOdell of the Beatz & Lyrics Show during A3C 2014. FBI & Jeff Blactracks of Channel Dynamic asked the two a myriad of questions about the music industry, how they got started in radio, and what advice to give artists. ArtByOdell & Jayforce gave their opinions on modern day reality TV, propaganda & reminding artists they have to get out here and work to make it.
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!
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.
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 AB+Lradio.com. 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 ArtbyOdell& AB+Lradio.com New Rules New Radio)! But for now, check out the interview audio…including some VERY dope mixing and blending!
STREAM/DOWNLOAD: AB+L WELCOMES DJ JO DEF TO ATLANTA (AUDIO)
Anderson Cooper interviews [embattled exposed racist ranter and former L.A. Clippers owner] Donald Sterling for AC360 on CNN. This is the full interview (commercials included), with Sterling pretty much given free reign for a full hour. That is to say, in this no-subject-off-limits talk, Sterling has every opportunity to exonerate himself in the court of public opinion. Do you think he cleared himself or dug a deeper grave? Watch and decide for yourself.
(Stick around for the whole segment. Real reality TV with some unthinkable twists!)
Shouts to @Jose3030
Skyzoo stops by Atlanta’s premier hip hop radio show, Beatz & Lyrics Show with Jayforce, & chops it up about his early career, being influenced by Biggie who lived on his block growing up, the new album “A Dream Deferred” due in September, & not over compromising his style, sound, or image just to further his career. As always the TheNewContent was there to document what went down in the studio…..
I am going to go out on a limb and say Planet Asia’s upcoming album Black Belt Theatre is going to be the album of the year(remember I said it). He has been consistently dropping quality songs with creative concepts and images for the past few years now without much recognition. However, I think the stars are aligned for P. A Medallions to start getting his due as a top notch artist that he deserves.The first single “Golden State” has that “Black Dynamite”, “The Mack”, right on soul brother #1 feel to it with some throwback style visuals. If the Fresno, Cali emcee ain’t on your radar you need to put him there……
Jayforce links up with D.C. hip hop artist Tabi Bonney for the latest interview on “TheNewContent.” Tabi Bonney speaks on latest album “The Summer Years” that’s out now, Partnering with Dame Dash, his alternate career as a video director & the importance of great visuals in today’s rap climate, & donating a kidney to his legendary father.
The soulful voice behind classic albums Brown Sugar and Voodoo seems to be finally back after an 11 year hiatus. Even though D’Angelo’s absence had much more to do with personal troubles than lack of musical inspiration,it looks like the good brother is back on the right track. He was spotted at Filadelfiakyrkan in Stockholm, Sweden performing new joints along with classic joints like “Chicken Grease” and “Shit, Damn, Motherfucker” to a lively crowd, with the energy and passion that we grown accustomed to from D’Angelo. I also see the homie Kendra Foster doing her thing signing background!! No word on an album just yet, but things are looking up. We need you D!!!