I first heard of Kap G about a year and some change ago. I stumbled across the “Tatted Like Some Migos” video online, then a little while later I found out he was working with the homies Bear and KP (Kawan Prather). I started telling folks there was about to be a Mexican rapper from College Park coming out and folks kinda started laughing. I got a chance to hear all of the music last summer. Can’t lie, some of the titles kind of caught me off guard. Not so much because I was bothered, but moreso because I was curious to know if this was “real” or not. Like, they are really going to ride on this whole Mexican “stereotype” thing, literally. One of the songs was really about cutting grass all day. But after listening to the music some more, it is. I mean, what else was he supposed to do?
Granted, Kap sounds more Atlantan than he does Mexican. Dude just turned 19 I believe and he’s been in College Park his whole life. So you can’t expect the album to sound like Kid Frost or Chingo Bling (who is featured on the album) or anything like that. So much of the production here lends itself to what you’re hearing in the streets right now. The mixtape is called “Like A Mexican” but outside of the language used some of the song titles he’s not rapping in Spanish every other song. There isn’t a overwhelming “Mexican perspective” present although some songs you do get a real window into his world. Especially on the song “Fuck La Policia.” Obviously borrowing from NWA, Kap does get the point across that the Brown go through the same thing that Black does when dealing with police. Probably worse. We get sent to jail, they get sent out of the country.
When I first met Kap and heard his music he was still very raw and you could tell he was still trying to get comfortable in the booth. Same could be said about his stage performances. But, he has gotten better since I last heard him. Crazy thing, you can almost hear the improvement as the mixtape plays song after song.
Of course its up to you if you like it. My personal favorites are “Fuck La Policia” and “Now You See Me Now You Don’t.” What do you think?
Jamie and Mike drop off yet another visual from the album.
Wit the 40 on I’ll go Gayle Sayers on these nay Sayers
That 3/5 shit let me know they was fake us on them acres
We was forced to be movers and shakers
So how you gon judge for what I would and wouldn’t do for this paper
In the land that was built by but wasn’t built for the black man
For me to have then I gotta steal for
white lady clutched the purse, my maw maw clutch the pearls
I get my bread and clutch my nuts screamin fuck the world
The fellas from 0017th clique up and drop off a video for the last day of what’s been a pretty rough Black History Month 2014. The homie Nesby Phips snapped on this one, 3rd verse.
If you haven’t peeped Hollygrove Ain’t Enough, do so here.
This. shit. jammin.
From off Snoop and DJ Drama’s latest Gangsta Grillz collab That’s My Work 3.
G-Mo-B teamed up with “Funny Or Die” to put out a video for perhaps the most attention-grabbing song from the Age Against the Machine album…the one about white girls. You can look at it number of ways I suppose.
1.) You have the way they have explained it in interviews, that love has no color and that they are grown men who have kids who don’t see race the same way that we do.
2.) Shooting a finger at or scaring White Amerikkka by having four Black dudes from the south clamoring over or objectifying a white woman a rap video.
3.) With a side eye.
It’s ironic that they premiered this through Funny Or Die, because something did indeed die in this video. Not quite sure what yet though. What do you think?
A few ticks late on this, but it wound up in my email today. New cat out of Birmingham. Sounds straight. What do you think?
New heat from the New Orleans homie Nesby Phips. Late on posting it, but been heard it though. If you like, BUY it.
About to go listen to this OXYMoron album in a minute…
OG Pretty Ken is finally unleashing the music I’ve been waiting to share with ya’ll. This is the first video from his upcoming album Behind the Music. The quality of Atlanta rap is in a state of emergency right now…which is why I barely even blog about it anymore. But stuff like this gets me out of the cave…here is some more real ish for you.
Last month I hosted an emerging networking event in Atlanta called Dinner With Friends. DWF is designed to be a gathering of Atlanta’s most influential creatives and business people where they fellowship and enjoy food and cocktails. For the most recent one we decided to do something different and have a featured guest speaker that I would interview during the dinner.
This person was Terence Lester, founder of LoveBeyondWalls.org. Love Beyond Walls is a community organization that specializes in using social media and story telling to draw attention to societal ills.
Their current focus is homelessness in the city of Atlanta. So far this year Love Beyond Walls has tried some pretty innovative ways to draw attention to this problem. In January Terence spent three days out on the street to show what it was like to be homeless. In addition to going out and serving every other Saturday, for the entire month of February LBW is collecting “Love Kits” at various Atlanta business (including the Legoland at Phipps Plaza) to give out to the homeless.
Terence’s next act is sure to draw some attention as well. Inspired by the lives he touched during his three days of homelessness, he is going to walk 30 miles across Atlanta in a one man marathon. Why 30 miles? Because on average, that’s how many miles a homeless person walks a day going to and from, here and there.
This is very cool organization…and best of all, they are pretty effective. Instead of chastising “twitter activists” they encourage them to spread the word about their work and the problems they are trying to help fix. The beautiful thing about that is that eventually those same people actually go out into the streets with LBW and volunteer. In addition to tackling homelessness, they are also helping Atlanta school children who can’t afford school uniforms.
When you get a minute check out their site LoveBeyondWalls.org and learn more about the organization and their initiatives.
Also be sure to follow them on social media: