This week we have Glasses Malone in the studio with us to talk about some social and political idealogy. You guys already know what we’re on. Glasses goes deeper than you’d probably expect and this is arguably one of our most riveting conversations we’ve had with any guest. If you’ve been wondering about what the rapper has been doing since leaving Cash Money take a listen. Also, we talk about our own top 5 black movies in honor of Chris Rock’s Top Five release and we discuss all the good new hip hop music that dropped in the 4th quarter. Listen, Download and Share!
Big Gipp droppped his first ever (and what he promises will be his last) mixtape on Thanksgiving. I hosted the listening party for it this past Monday at the #PLAYLISTPARTY and it’s jamming. Only song I can probably absolutely do with it out is “Damn That Booty Big.” But other than that, Gipp really did his thing on this one going everywhere he could go possible. With a tracklisting that features cameos from everyone from 2 Chainz to Bruno Mars, Gipp really showed his versatility. Check it out and enjoy.
Fate would have it that Run The Jewels had a show in St. Louis the same night that the non-indictment of Murderer Darren Wilson went down in neighboring Ferguson, Missouri. Run The Jewels usually open the show by jumping right into their blood-curdling theme song. But on this night Mike took an opportunity to address the crowd first.
I got a chance to sit down and chop it up with Killer Mike about Atlanta mixtape history for The Art Behind the Tape.
Just in case you don’t know or haven’t picked it up, The Art Behind the Tape is available online RIGHT NOW. Pick up your piece of history ASAP.
This week pop rap superstar and Decatur’s own B.o.B is on the cover of Creative Loafing. Yeah, I wrote the story.
I’ve been following B.o.B’s career damn near since the day it started. When I was an editor at Ozone Magazine (what’s up Julia) I wrote his first story, ever. We did the interview while he was in New York, in a car, on his way to the Atlantic Records office to sign his recording contract back in 2006 (what’s up TJ).
Since then it’s been an up and down (mostly up) ride for B.o.B. Granted it took four years for him to release his debut album and he’s gone on to achieve international success since then, but it always kind of felt like people didn’t know him or anything about him. People just knew him as the guy who sings “that song” and usually people wouldn’t realize that until B.o.B introduced himself to them directly. I wouldn’t go as far to say that he was a faceless superstar like say, FloRida. But he is definitely in the same lane as another Atlanta star who gets money but not always props: Ludacris.
Outside of Outkast, Luda is probably the most successful rap artist to ever come from Atlanta. Hell, beyond that, Luda is probably the most successful Southern Hip Hop artist ever. But, outside of his (millions of) fans, it’s rare that his name pops up in anyone’s “Top 5″ in the media or on the block.
The same can be said for B.o.B, as I noted in the story, since he came out, it’s hard to find any rappers in Atlanta that have done better than him commercially or tour wise. He’s never really seemed to get his props. One part could be because people aren’t able to label him easily. One part could be because he’s kind of introverted and doesn’t talk himself up much.
I wanted to use this story to not only introduce readers to the person behind those hit songs, but to also show that dude has been doing his thing for a while now and deserves to be recognized a little more than he has. Especially at home.
Last night I CTE/Def Jam recording artist YG came to Atlanta’s Midtown Art Cinema to share his new short film “Blame It On the Streets.” People in attendance were treated to free popcorn, a pair of YG socks by Odd Sox and a special appearance from Young Jeezy.
After the 30-minute movie, I sat down to talk about him making his directorial debut. We talked about everything from how many times they dropped “nigga” in it to the songs he chose to use for it. It put me in the mind of Snoop Dogg’s “Murder Was the Case” and YG said that was one of his main inspirations for it.
Shoutout to Dennis Byron and Hip Hop Enquirer for catching this and shooting it over.
Day 1 Radio has an epic episode with THREE special guests this week. 1st up we invited our guy Senor Kaos in to discuss the one year anniversary of Atlanta-based running club Movers & Pacers. Next up we have #grammy award winning producer Zaytoven, talking about his storied career from Gucci to Migos and his latest film endeavor. To close the episode out we ran through a few songs off of Bobby Creekwater’s new project I Am From A Place with the artist himself. As always DJ Wally Sparks came through with the killer mixes. Listen, download and share with your friends.
Big Sean drops the most appropriate video possible for where he is at right now. After the disappointing coming and going of his much-hyped Hall of Fame album and his very public break up with his ex-girlfriend, this video captures what it means to bounce back and make a comeback. Not sure if it was him or the director Lawrence Lamont who came up with the idea, but Sean gets props for being a good sport and pulling it off. Of course Uncle Earl comes through and snaps on the anchor verse.