Friday, July 31, 2009
Everyone is going ape over this reunion-- as well they should. I promise Still Standing is the definitive album of my Atlanta experience.
I started a debate on Twitter the other week, when I said that Still Standing is a better album that Soul Food. Some folk called me crazy, others called me "genius" (Killer Mike, whose co-sign trumps everyone else's.) Still Standing, is the album where all four members evolved. It's more complete. The album is consistent and flows along perfectly. It embraces the happenings of life, and explains the realities of why things are the way they are.
Anyhoo. Excited about this show.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
This video came out a while ago (around Jan.), but I just saw it the other day, so I posted it. I also posted it because it's pretty jamming. Oh, yeah, and Cory Mo says that because of the great response they've gotten to "Let the Pimpin Commence," he, Mistah Fab and GLC are going to be dropping a mixtape really, really soon. In fact, it's damn near finished already. Let be the first (or fourth) to tell ya'll, Cory has some heat, so it's pretty much guaranteed to jam.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
So, I went to check out the Leaders of the New Cool show at Lenny's last night. I was actually excited to get a chance to check out some people that I haven't had a chance to see yet, namely the Justice League's new artist, Laws and of course, Bobby Creekwater, who is arguably the most underrated emcee this side of the Mason Dixon. I also wanted to see how some groups had grown since I hadn't seen them in a while-- namely Hollyweerd. In my mind, this show was going to be somewhat similar to the This is the A show that went down a couple of years ago. Actually, in retrospect, that show was pretty terrible too... Yelawolf and Sean Falyon saved the day. Anywhoo...
Dude, this was seriously the worst show I've been to in a minute. It seemed like the DJ couldn't get handle on the crowd (really, neither could I) and ended being kind of all over the place. The show started super hella late for some unfathomable reason, and the opening acts--who were all pretty terrible had like 5-6 song sets, while the supposed "headliner"--Bobby Creekwater-- performed only a handful of songs.
Needless to say, I drove home (around 3 a.m.) mad, got up mad and am still a little mad about it. Really, I guess I shouldn't just blast this show. Really, the things that made this event unenjoyable are reoccuring in a lot of events I go to. Here are a few tips for the future.
1. Start the how before 12 a.m. No one wants to be standing around in a club waiting for acts to go on well into the middle of the night. A 8 or 9 p.m. start time would be ideal, people. The sad thing is, there were a few A&Rs and the like at the show. Warner and Jive were both represented and even Yung Joc fell through for a second. (If the unsigned acts were even interested in being signed- but that's another story for another day). Anyways, they ended up leaving before the good people even went on because it was so damn late. Now granted, most of the industry folk that were there really wanted to check out the dude Laws, (who can rap but needs to improve his stage show). But they would've stayed for the others too had it not been retardedly late.
2. Stop putting so many acts on the bill. I don't need to see 15 artists perform before the "headliner." That shit starts sounding the same around act #3 anyway. Also, the opening acts (I can't put any of them people on blast because I don't even remember who the hell they were) should at least be relatively entertaining and should not be doing 7-song sets.
3. Put good acts on the bill. If I didn't live here, and didn't know what was going on, and had just came to this show to see what was what in Atlanta, I would've left thinking it sucked. Sad, because there's actually some talent here (Fiona Simone, Boog Brown, Nesby Phipps, Small Eyez...).
I don't know. I may not be going to any more outings like this for a while.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
This is from Nicolay's upcoming project, City Lights Vol. 2: Sibuya. It's a warm, airy jam. Nic and Phonte have taken their musical collaborations as the Foreign Exchange to the next level, and formed a "label." Both of them are pretty anti-industry from what I've gathered (hence the use of quotations) so this label endeavor should be interesting, and really, a breath of fresh air. I'm excited to see what their going to do. So far, Carlitta and Zo! are both signed, and I'm especially anxious to hear what Carlitta does. I really dig her mixtape, Carlitta's Way, and I think with more focused production, she could really be a force.
Only one request for FE-- please don't sign any rappers.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Ok, so this my lil homie, Spree Wilson's new video, "Word." Oh yeah, No ID on the track. Kinda weird, because like I said, Spree really is the homie, and this guy is soooo outta here. Give him a year, tops. Seriously.
Actually, Spree gave me a copy of his "demo" almost 2 months ago. Because we're cool beyond music, it honestly took me about 2 weeks to listen to it thoroughly. I was driving to Destin, FL from Atlanta with my mom, two year old neice and reltaively musically un-hip sister in law in tow. After about an hour of listening to XM radio, which seriously SUCKS, I remembered I had Spree's "demo." I popped it in...
Everyone loved it.
And trust me, I'm not just saying that because we're cool. He produced most of it and the production is big and wide open. He's rapping, but he's also singing, on some alternative sounding vibe that doesn't sound forced. Think Bobby Ray if he were more developed. (Spree also plays guitar). Anyways, his work really is pretty damn incredible. I'm just glad other folk are starting to get hip.
Go to http://www.mtvu.com/music/the-
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Been a fan of TechN9ne for ages--he too hails from KS (the birthplace of yours truly). Something "strange" in the water there apparently-- Janelle Monae is from there as well. I have to say, though, I've been a generic fan. You know, the fan that KNOWS a rapper can really rhyme, but doesn't like actually like, regularly bump any said rapper's music?
But yeah, Krizz Kaliko is Tech's rhyming partner a la Red & Meth or David Banner and Kamikaze (back when David Banner was actually good.) He's a very strange looking character. But, damn if this song, "Misunderstood" ain't jelly jamming. Feel like I'm about to purchase his Genius album and give it a whirl.
Anyhoo, spotted this video over at MauriceGarland.com and suffice to say, this hits way too close to home. Let me stop before I get to baring my soul and whatnot.
At any rate, go 'head and marinate on this for a minute.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I first saw this video maybe a month ago over at Hannibal Matthew's studio. The guy featured, Matthew Johnson, was practicing the song to sing it in a wedding. They did a couple takes of him rehearsing (I actually dug the other version where he semi-sings to his girl and she's totally not paying attention) better. But this dude is incredible. Be on the look out.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Had a chance to check Bobby Ray doing this live at South Dekalb Mall's Footlocker in conjunction w/ his new advertising campaign for Reebok classics. Reeboks are honestly pretty ugly, although I did get a pretty dope pair in the mail the other day-- some hightops that are pretty hip and fresh. Perhaps I will take a picture?
Anywhoo, I thought this was super-hella dope then (my new word) and still do. I dig the whole Raphael Saadiq-inspired boombox for a head thing too...The story is that Reebok gave the artists involved w/ the campaign an old-school rap song to remix. Bob's was obviously Tribe's "Bonita Applebum." Bobby told me they were so impressed w/ the way the song came out that they were going to do a real push behind it. So I guess this is the start of it?
We all know this kid is so outta here. I just hope he's able to maintain his sanity in the midst of what is surely about to be a media storm in the next year or so. He already seems almost too self-aware and perceptive (dunno if you can be too much of those things, but hopefully you get what I'm trying to say).
Anyways, Bobby Ray is jelly jammin.