Janelle Monae’s New Artist Jidenna Attempts New Hip Hop Genre With “Classic Man” Video

This looked fun.

I just got introduced to Brooklyn-based artist Jidenna’s music last month sometime when I heard “Classic Man” for the first time. Continue reading

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On Raury’s “PSA” Video and My Current Addiction To The “Black Mirror”

I really have a love/hate relationship with social media, mostly hate.

I love that I am able to “follow” smart informative people and stumble upon great reads and leads. But…that’s about it. Continue reading

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New Kendrick Lamar Song – “The Blacker The Berry” (video)

…the biggest hypocrite of 2015.

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Day 1 Radio Interviews Glasses Malone

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!

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Big Gipp – “Mr. Get Down” (mixtape)

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.


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Killer Mike’s Pre-Show Speech In St. Louis Last Night

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.

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Killer Mike Talks Atlanta Mixtape History With The Art Behind the Tape

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.

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B.o.B Covers Creative Loafing

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.

READ: The World Loves B.o.B, Why Doesn’t Atlanta?

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Maurice Garland Interviews YG At “Blame It On the Streets” Movie Premier

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.

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Flying Lotus feat. Krayzie Bone – “Medication Meditation”

Not sure why people still get surprised when FlyLo works with certain rappers. This is dope though.

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