Content, Delivery, and Showmanship are the three core values for Atlanta emcee Senor Kaos, an emerging lyricist whose unique approach to hip hop has sent him around the Globe. As an Emcee, Marketer, a... Read More
Spree Wilson and The Flush? I know what you're thinking, sounds like a band right? Wrong. Spree Wilson is actually a emcee/singer/songwritter - let's just say artist for all intents and purposes, and The Flush is a team of producers, both representing ATL. Well I just got my hands on this 6 track EP, released for free download, and it's definitely worth checking out.
Reminds me of what they were playing in ATL when I moved here in the 90′s.
I've known Spree for some years now. I honestly can't even remember how or where we originally met, we both were just always in the same places at the same time. Well, maybe not exactly. Spree definitely spent a lot more time in the studio than me, Working with the likes of Esthero, Dallas Austin, Novel and a host of others over the years.
Make sure you check out Spree's new project "Life In Technicolor Vol. 1" And shouts to the homie Miya Bailey for hooking up the fresh visuals for the project.
Adam Yauch better known around the world as MCA from the Beastie Boys passed away one year ago (tomorrow) after fighting a battle with cancer for 3 years.
Today in Brooklyn Heights (Brooklyn, NY) Palmetto Playground was renamed to Adam Yauch Park after MCA. As Hip Hop started out in the parks of New York City it's pretty amazing to have a park named a rapper, especially in a fancy place like Brooklyn Heights. Would be great to see this open the door to other dedications, maybe we'll see a Scott La Rock park in the Bronx? Who knows.
The Legendary Roots Crew have been in the game for 20 years now. Before appearing on television nightly with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots toured endlessly around the world doing something close to 200 shows a year. In between hitting the road hard, the crew always found time to hit the studio to work on 10 albums.
14 years after releasing "Things Fall Apart" in 1999 The Roots Crew finally have a platinum album after their belt. Pretty amazing considering in 20 years, I can only remember one song "You Got Me" feat. Badu receiving any airplay on commercial radio.
I still have my copy of "Things Fall Apart" with the same cover art pictured above. Here's some more info about the project.
The February, 1999 MCA Records release boasted two singles, including the Grammy Award-winning "You Got Me" featuring Erykah Badu and Eve, along with "The Next Movement," which featured DJ Jazzy Jeff, along with The Jazzyfatnastees. The mainstream breakthrough LP from The Roots included extensive production from then-member Scott Storch and contributions from J Dilla (as Jay Dee). Guest emcees included Common, Mos Def, Beanie Sigel and Roots Crew mainstay affiliate Dice Raw.
Upon release, Things Fall Apart, which had five different album covers, debuted at #4. The other Roots album plaque belongs to 2002′s Phrenology, which is certified gold.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ROOTS... Proof that if you keep building things don't always fall apart.
Got a chance to check the Jay Z "Open Letter" joint about a week ago along with everyone else. I don't keep up with the news much, so I didn't even know Jay or the President were in Cuba, I mean it's not like they brought a brotha no cigars back or nothing. HA.
I heard a lot of different feedback about it. I personally liked it. I didn't dig too deep into it, hearing Jay talk his ish (which is what he does best) is alright with me.
I must say though I was SUPER surprised when I saw Common jumped on this track for a lil remix action. Shouts to J. Period for coming through on this one. From the man who truthfully wants to rhyme like Common Sense, you'd think we would of heard something with these two in the past 10 years. I guess this is a good start though. Hopefully it leads to an official collaboration. Until then... Y'all gone learn today!
Salute to Chuck D, Professor Griff, Flavor Flav, Terminator X and the big homie DJ Lord. Tonight Hip Hop legends Public Enemy were inducted into the 28th Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Salute to Public Enemy for always making music true to their hearts. PE has never compromised their thoughts, ideas, and sound and it's great to see them still able to tour the world to packed shows bringing the noise.
And to think back in the day, record labels, media, and many more said that Hip Hop would not last and it just a passing fad. Now it's in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame with Beastie Boys, Run Dmc, Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five and now Public Enemy.
Listen to Chuck drop some jewels last year, after inducting Beastie Boys into the HOF.
I'll be performing live on Tuesday April 30th at the Beat Society ATL edition. It's going down at Xcess Ultra Lounge on Spring & 3rd. Also featuring performances by Torae, Rock Most, and a special guest.
Beat Society is the original showcase dedicated to the fine art of beat making. Producers on hand for the evening will be Kuddie Fresh, Ill Gainez, Brain Storm and Philly's Own Hezekiah. DJ Sonny James on the wheels and Dres The Beatnik on the hosting duties. It's also an 18 and up event for all my young heads. See you there. Check the flyer below for more info, and OH you might want to get your tickets early.
Tickets $10 now. $15 at the door. Purchase tickets HERE.
DOUG ANDERSON IS A BEAST!!! Nuff Said. He beasted the dunk contest so bad this year, they don't even show the other dunks in the highlights. "Don't believe me just watch!"
Thursday night at GA Tech's newly opened Basketball stadium, Detroit's Doug Anderson astounded the crowd with an amazing mix of dunks. Add on too that, HE DID NOT MISS ONE DUNK!! Truly, this was better than the NBA Slam Dunk contest. Can't wait for D.A. to get drafted so we can see him light it up for All Star Weekend. Also check the footwork, Anderson rocks Jordan Cement 3 Retro's for the occasion. The same kicks MJ won his 2nd slam dunk title in Chicago wearing over "The Human Highlight Film" Dominique.
This kicks off NCAA Final Four Weekend in ATL. Tons of concerts, games, and festivities. What you planning on getting into?
Two Queens legends who have never worked together. Well... I guess it's better late than never. New joint from N.O.R.E. who is officially calling himself Papi... I think I'll stick to calling him NORE for a while. Lol. Large Pro on the track and it's called "Built Pyramids." If I was from Queens, this would be my anthem right now.
Well it's almost April and it's freezing cold in most of the U.S. No worries, here's some new heat just in time to kick off your weekend.
I recently teamed up with long-time friend and fellow ATL Emcee/DJ/Producer Yamin Semali (Clan Destined) for a special remix. The track "Never Leave" along with it's amazing video have been taking the internet and streets by storm. Infectious melodies, hard hitting drums, and clever lyrics are hard to deny.
I've known Yamin since we were both teenagers making a name for ourselves in the ATL underground Hip Hop scene. He's an amazing artist, and it's always a honor and a pleasure to work on music with someone who truly care's about their craft.
Don't believe me, check it out for yourself...
Make sure you check you Yamin's latest LP entitled "Yamin" today. Also if you're in the ATL area, make sure you check out Yamin Semali performing tomorrow night along with Killer Mike at Terminal West.