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.
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.
K.R.I.T. goes into outer space on this one. Cadillactica album in stores 11.11.14. You can listen to it HERE before you buy it.
And if you missed it, check out the Day 1 Radio interview with K.R.I.T. below.
Kendrick Lamar puts out a cinematic visual for his single “i.”
In case you missed it. Day 1 Radio interviewed Master P and it’s probably going to be the best hour you spend on the internet today. He talked about everything from turning down Jimmy Iovine and Interscope Records early on in his career, his current relationship with C-Murder and why artists shouldn’t expect to make any money selling records anymore.
Please share, plenty of game and jewels in this one.