Ice-T and his business partner Jorge Hinojosa teamed up to producer and direct a documentary about the life of pimp turned author Iceberg Slim.
I got a chance to see this film in its entirety at the Atlanta Film Festival a couple of months ago. I can tell you that that trailer for the film does it’s job by making the movie look enthralling and entertaining, but it is a tab bit misleading. The film doesn’t glorify pimping at all. In fact it takes you to a darker place than any of Slim’s books. It shows the impact the game had on his mind and family. I don’t want to spoil any of it for you, but know that it is worth checking out if you want an honest account of what “the game” is really like after the furs and rings are gone.
But yeah, sounds like the verdict is still out on Travi$ Scott. Industry types have already crowned him “next.” Shied, if I have T.I. and Kanye backing, I better be next.
Most critics are saying that it’s all hype and that he’s not really that good of a rapper. I can see where they are coming from on that. Because say if I was a person who only heard of him through his appearances on that Grand Hustle Gang tape…I wouldn’t be interested in hearing anything else from him. His Owl Pharaoh project has moments on there, but yeah he can improve as a rapper. As far as his ability to manipulate sounds? He’s already got that in the bag. Sonically, you can draw direct comparisons to Yeezus and Derek Schklar’s “The Devil” project as far as darkness and tone. Hopefully we won’t get burnt out of seeing dude before we even get to know him.
The Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League is prepared to make an impact on one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods — Old Fourth Ward. On June 15, the AEBL will kick off the first inaugural season lasting from June through July. The league games will be played at Central Park (400 Merritts Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308) and some of the participants will include NBA and streetball players, music artists and entertainment celebrities.
AEBL will represent the first basketball league here in Atlanta that will partner with the worldwide-renowned EBC / Rucker Basketball League based out of New York City. The league will also sponsor activities for families that attend the games, particularly those that live in the area.
Fusing the best parts of basketball and entertainment, AEBL will start a tradition of summer streetball for native Atlantans every weekend — Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 pm to 9 pm. There will be live music via celebrity performances and sets from some of hip-hop’s best DJs.
This summer, AEBL plans on bringing even more heat to Atlanta summers, while giving the Old Fourth Ward community something to look forward to every weekend with friends and family.
Rodney Charmichael penned a pretty dope story on Goodie Mob for this weeks Creative Loafing cover. He pretty much takes a fly on the wall approach from the listening session they had for their Age Against the Machine album a couple of weeks ago.
I was there too and my thoughts on the album are pretty much are the same as Rodney’s. The first half, cool. The second half, aye.
Just in case you missed the memo, Chicago-based artist Hebru Brantley is probably the “hottest” name in the art world right now having been commissioned by the likes of Jay-Z, Lebron James, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne. Swizz Beatz, Russell Simmons and Tyra Banks.
Courtesy of AllWays Open Creative and Skyy Vodka, he will be displaying some of his work this Friday, June 7th in Atlanta at the Lowes Hotel. For you drinkers out there, there will be free Skyy Vodka being poured all night long. If this sounds up your alley, RSVP right now at http://pennycandy.eventbrite.com/
Right now Chicago is being called a land ripe for talent since record labels and media types are scouring the city for the next young voice to come from it’s bristling, and tragic, rap scene. I use both of those words because it is obvious that rappers like Chief Keef, Lil Mouse, Lil Reese, Lil Durk are being rewarded for rapping about their tragedies. Some will say they are getting paid to spread poison, violence, degradation, etc. Yes, all of those things too. But at the end of the day, whether you want to place square blame on them for spreading it, they are nothing more than “bombs” being thrown into the Black community to ravage and destroy, like Rhymefest once said. Bombs in the sense that they are simply picked up and thrown by whoever has them in their hands…in their case that would be the record labels and media types praising them for being the “voice of the streets,” “voice of the youth,” or whatever kind of tired ass phrase people come up with.
One thing I’ve always hated about that phrase and ones like it is that cats act like the streets only consist of niggas with guns, gangs, hoes, drugs or whatever else falls in line with them. I could’ve swore the “streets” also have old ladies on the porch, dudes who work at UPS, women who are cashiers and do hair on the side, kids who play street football, etc. Can they not be a “voice of the streets” too?
Well, I’m glad to say that not all “lil” kids in Chicago are out preaching street gospel, some of them are actually speaking up for another struggle. One is named Asean Johnson.
I recently came across this video of him giving a speech voicing his displeasure with the closing of 54 Chicago city schools…by a board of people that weren’t even elected by the community. If you haven’t been keeping up, Chicago’s crime problem has been compounded by a deteriorating school system where the kids feel unsafe and teachers don’t even want to go.
Asean, who is nine years old, wrote the speech himself and the only assistance he got was from his mom and teachers for grammar. I am hoping that we don’t end up hearing that he was fed the words by the teachers union. But hell, that would be no different from this “lil” rappers being told what songs to make for the “streets.”
I’ve been covering what’s been happening in Chicago off and on for the last couple of years. I’m not going to proclaim to be an expert or have all or any answers, but, I know what’s going on and have been sharing it with whoever reads while most of my peers who claim to have their ear to the “streets” have opted to cover Chief Keef and his shenanigans or whatever mindless song or mixtape one of these “lil” rappers drops on the internet.
So, I just wanted to do my part and expose ya’ll to a another young voice out of Chicago, a necessary one at that. Asean Johnson isn’t dropping a mixtape tomorrow. I doubt Rick Ross will find him to sign him to MMG. And I don’t expect Kanye to take his speech, remix it and throw Pusha T and Big Sean on it either.
ForteBowie digs deep into the vocabulary for the title of his lastest song. “Atychiphobia” is defined as an extreme fear of failure, so extreme to the point of shutting down and not even trying a new task if you not sure you will be 100% successful at it. I’ve had this before, glad to know there is a name for it now.