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
I must admit I've been so busy I slept on this one. Crazy I got a chance to kick it with Nito earlier this month and he didn't even mention this. Lol. Classic Nito though, he doesn't say much, just let the work and the accolades speak volumes.
Cognito goes by many names, as a result of his many artistic lanes, all of which are under the FROLAB umbrella. As Cognito, he's Mos Def's official concert photographer, but has also photographed artists like The Roots, Erykah Badu, and Talib Kweli. In 2010, Cognito had a groundbreaking show at HVW8 gallery in LA, showing the incredible moments he captured of Mos Def on and offstage during his Ecstatic tour. He's a true hip-hop documentarian and continues to amaze us with his breadth of work.
SALUTE TO COGNITO...WISH THE BIG HOMIE NOTHING BUT MORE EXPOSURE, MORE SUCCESS, AND MORE FROTOS.
Who caught the first game tonight between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets??? This was a not to be missed game for basketball fans and especially for New Yorkers.
The talk of NYC for the past year has been "are you with the Knicks or the Nets?" Since what seems like forever the Knicks have been the only team to root for in the city. Ever since the New York Nets became the New Jersey Nets back in the day. Well not only are they back... but this time their in the borough that forgot about professional sports, Brooklyn. Queens has the Mets, Bronx has the Yankees, Manhattan has the Knicks/Rangers, even Long Island has the Islanders. But despite being the most populated borough in New York City, Brooklyn hasn't had a professional sports team since the Dodgers packed up and moved to LA.
Well it's a new day sports fans. The Barclays Center is officially open for business, and Jay Z is doing a hell of a job repping for the new team he helped bring to his home borough.
If you caught the game tonight you may have saw the commercial with Spike Lee dressed in orange & blue (Knicks Spike) talking to (Brooklyn Spike) dressed in black & white. The ad spot was about love and loyalty. Being loyal to New York versus having love for Brooklyn.
During the summer I actually shot a tweet to Spike. I said Yo Spike you rocking with the Knicks or the Nets? To my surprise Spike actually responded rather quickly to let me know he was a Knicks fan forever! Not that I was surprised, but definitely found it interesting that the man who reps Brooklyn to the fullest, wouldn't want to get down with a team he can walk two blocks from his HQ to watch play.
Dallas Penn even catchs up with Spike in Bklyn where he speaks on his loyalty as a Knicks fan.
Seems as a lot of people in NYC are doing the same. Which is all good, the Knicks still need fans right? It was great to see the Knicks vs. Nets game this evening which was supposed to be the season opener at Barclays but got pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy. Both teams represented to the fullest, but it was the Bklyn Nets who walked off the court with the win.
Giving new flavor to the phrase "Brooklyn Wins Again!" I'm not gonna sit up here and say I expect to see the Nets win a ring (not with Joe Johnson bum ass) but it is good to see them do their thing.
NBA basketball just got that much more interesting.
If you live in Atlanta, then you should already know one of the most popular events in the city is "Face Off Fridays" at MJQ Concourse every 2nd Friday of the month. DJ Rasta Root & Jah Prince's monthly event is heavy on great music & almost always features a surprise guest. This month Talib Kweli dropped in for a surprise set while he was in Atlanta & previewed his new single "Outstanding" featuring Ryan Leslie before hitting the fans with the classics in his catalog.
"DJ Rasta Root and DJ Jah Prince welcome Talib Kweli on his promotional tour for his new album and single 'Outstanding' featuring Ryan Leslie. Every 2nd Friday at MJQ Concourse is a best monthly party in the city with MC Ras Goldie and coordinated by Asha from SOciaLight The Agency." - @FaceOffFridays
Filmed by TheNewContent. Additional footage by Jah Prince. Audio by AJ for Salem Psalms Library
Save the date, mark your calendar, do whatever you need to do to remember that my Birthday party is going down on Friday November 23rd, 2012 aka Black Friday.
For the past 3 years me and (Bugz In The Attic DJ/Producer) Daz-I-Kue have been celebrating our Birthday (which we share on 11.22) with a party with some of our favorite DJ's. The rules are simple. You must dance, meet somebody new, and have fun. The past two years we've treated the ATL with Waajeed & Rich Medina. This year we're keeping it ATL with DJ's Kemit & Rasta Root.
In the spirit of Black Friday, we're doing a 2 for 1 special like never before. Admission into the Birthday Jumpoff will also get you into the "Hot Vs. Dope" event next door at Space 2 with DJ's J-Live & Applejac will be holding down the sounds at. Check the flyer below for the info and spread the word.
"What you want me to do, I'm sorry... I'm back!" Classic line spoken by Jay-Z in 2006 after coming out of his brief retirement (more like a hiatus) between the Black Album and Kingdome Come LP's.
Also hailing from Brooklyn, songstress Mela Machinko is here to prove she can sing her ass off without a reasonable doubt. Check out this video from her soon to be released project, and read more about it below.
Mela Machinko releases "What You Want Me To Do (I'm Sorry)" in anticipation of her upcoming project "Hov Said It Best".
Mela Machinko has released her anticipated track "What You Want Me To Do (I'm Sorry)". Machinko provides audiences with a fun and quirky dedication to Jay-Z's feature on Mya's "Best of Me" using Jay-Z lyrics as the inspiration to tell her own story with her unforgettable and distinct voice. In this clever and innovative way, Mela allows listeners to be involved in the song in an unprecedented style.
"What You Want Me To Do", produced by Eric G. of 9th Wonder's Soul Council, is the first song from the soon to be released "Hov Said It Best". With successful features on Pharoahe Monch's "Push" and 'Shine", Joe Budden's "Inseparable", Talib Kweli's "Hostile Gospel", numerous features with Jean Grae, as well as the classic summer anthem "Now I'm Being Cool" on the 9th Wonder album "The Wonder Years", Mela Machinko has consistent presence and sound on the Hip Hop & Urban scene. Using Jay-Z references and interpreting his lyrics while molding them into her own original songs, Ms. Machinko's first offering reminds us how infused our everyday speech is with hip hop culture, and specifically her own, with Jay-Z lines.
"Hov Said It Best" is being released soon via W.A.R Media/SoulSpazm.
Romney out here acting up... But I ain't letting him. You see the shoe, you know what time it is. Get out today and vote. And if you don't believe in voting, you better create the change that you want to see.
Today Nike releases two new colors of the Nike+ Fuelband. In addition to the Black/Steel color that launched early this year, now there's two new colors known as black ice & white ice. The ice Fuelbands are transparent so you can see the microchips inside. In addition to these new bands being available at Nike stores, Apple retailers are also now selling the Fuelband.
If you remember earlier this year the Nike+ Fuelband was thee hot item to have. It was only sold in two Nike stores in NYC and anybody else that wanted it had to be lucky enough to catch it when the online replenishment came through on Mondays. Now with the widened distribution consumers around the country have more access to the Fuelband. That's pretty HUGE.
I've had mine since about April and I love it. If I forget to wear it, or leave it at home, I'm upset at the fuel points I could be gaining. It's also cool to compete with friends who have one as well. The Nike+ Fuelband measures your activity during a days time. It turns your movement into "Fuel" and also tracks steps, and calories. Once you know how active you are, you'll want to be more active and that's the inspiration behind the Fuelband.
Now that Apple stores are carrying the Fuelband and it may be easier to get ahold of one, will you be copping?
Nike+ FuelBand and Path: A Day with Ndamukong Suh
Suh shows you how to get 6,000 Fuel points. Life is a sport... Make It Count!
Hurricane Sandy blazed it's way through NYC on Monday, leaving a lot of water, fires, down trees, and many without electricity. Regardless of all that though, Sean Price wants you to know his long awaited new album "Mic Tyson" was still released yesterday 10.30 and no matter what, he wants you to go out and by the album. HA.
Check out this footage...
McDonald's is closed, Starbucks is closed, Kennedy Fried is still open! Lol.
AND... If that wasn't funny enough, check this out. Sean Price as "Seanwuar" interviewing Pharoahe Monch.
Last Monday night I was hanging out with my OG Chicago homies Will Wes and Chicagorilla. We linked up to catch the Lions/Bears game, which the Bears made the Lions look like cubs. During one of the commercial breaks there was an advertisement for the newest 30 for 30 special entitled "Benji." I thought it looked okay off first impression, I was happy to see directors Coodie & Chike working on something Chicago based for ESPN. But my friends, who were familiar with the story of Benji, were pretty excited about this documentary. I knew then it was something I would have to check out.
So I have to admit, before this documentary I had never heard of Ben "Benji" Wilson. I was just a toddler when he around. After watching this piece though I felt like he was of the homies who'd I played ball with at the YMCA, or walked to the store with to buy a quarter-water or a soda growing up. His story unfortunately is like that of so many in places like Chicago and New York, a dream deferred.
I must say I really commend ESPN or whomever came up with the concept of 30 for 30 programming and pitched it to them. It's the best sports based documentaries I've ever seen. All of them are great, but some are better than others, and I think this is definitely one that stands out as one of the best.
I learned a lot from watching this piece. Not just about who Benji is and how he played, but also how he inspired a future generation of ball players like D. Rose and Juwan Howard. How basketball kept him and teammate R. Kelly off the streets of the Chi.
When the commercial first aired advertising the Benji special, Chicagorilla said "Man, I remember when that happened it shook the whole city." After watching it for myself, I can definitely say he wasn't lying.
Definitely check out this program when you get a chance. At a hour and 20 minutes long with no commercials, it's a true movie and every piece is great. Salute to Coodie & Chike for representing the Chi to the fullest and telling this story as well as ESPN and Benji's fam and friends