Day 1 Radio: The Chaka Zulu (Disturbing Tha Peace) Episode

On the latest episode of Day 1 Radio, me and BP held it down and chopped it up with Disturbing Tha Peace co-founder Chaka Zulu. We got a chance to talk to him about everything from his days running Hot 97.5 (now Hot 107.9) to working at Def Jam during their late-90s take over and what he is up to managing Ludacris and Big KRIT. A lot of history in this talk, you want to listen.

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Raury – Indigo Child (Album)

After months and months of “where is the rest of the music at” questions, Raury dropped his much-anticipated, but even more necessary, debut Indigo Child earlier this week. I’m no longer in the business of writing instant reviews on albums the day they come out to beat the rest of the internet, hence, the delayed (a WHOLE three days) posting of the project here.

If you had a chance to attend Raurfest a couple of months ago, you were probably one of the many who walked a more confused than intrigued because he basically did covers of artists he felt inspired by. Indigo Child is a continuation of that, but not in such a blatant way.

On moments throughout, you can hear that he’s obviously influenced by the same gang of people who have been co-signing him (Coldplay, Andre 3000, Kid Cudi). But where those artist use their songs to ask questions like “why did this happen to me/us?” Raury comes with “is this about to happen to me?” because shit…he’s 18. The best example of this is on “Woodcrest Manor,” a song about how things and feelings eventually fade away.

Which is ironic, because it seems like before most people are even giving themselves a chance to enjoy the music…they’re already debating on how long Raury will be around and if he will live up to the “hype” or if they will even like him by this time next year. Judging from how this album sounds, Raury should be able to top this with whatever he chooses to follow up with, easily.

That’s not to say that Indigo Child isn’t good, because it is. But you can tell that he’s made an album that is the soundtrack to his life up to this point, with vocal and production skills that probably haven’t even reached their full potential yet. What’s even more encouraging is that Raury was able to make an album about himself without always talking about “himself.” You know…like how new artists assume the world want to hear about their problems as…a new artist. Here, Raury kept it simple and wrote songs about freedom, love and the very real world around them, which is something that just about everybody can relate to.

Sonically, it reminds me heavily of Cody ChesnuTT’s The Headphone Masterpiece. But where Cody opted to give you two albums worth of material that you either cherished or forgot about soon after, Raury gives us 13-tracks in just over 40 minutes, making you want to go back and listen to see if you missed anything without it feeling like a chore.

But yeah, that’s about it though. My favorite song on here is probably “Woodcrest Manor.”

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TICKET GIVEAWAY 3: Vh1′s ATL Documentary Screening

Vh1, Corner of the Cave and Ebony Son Management have teamed up to put together a DAMN GOOD documentary on the rise of the Atlanta music scene. And I’m not just saying that because I’m in too (*wink*).

The documentary is called ATL: The Untold Story Of Atlanta’s Rise In The Rap Game and it airs on Tuesday, September 2nd. It starts as far back as the Atlanta Child Murders and goes all the way up to Migos. So yes, that means everyone from Edward J to Jermaine Dupri is in there. I really think that Atlanta is going to be proud of this documentary. Of course it’s difficult to fit 34 years of history into a 90-minute film, but they did their thing.

That said, there is a screening this Sunday at the Rialto in downtown Atlanta and I have some free tickets to give away.

Of course, I don’t just be giving away anything easy. You’re going to have to do something for them. And you’re going to have to prove just how much you know about this great city of Atlanta and the music it has put out.

The first two pairs went fast! Here is the third trivia question.

What DJ did Shy D steal from Raheem the Dream?

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TICKET GIVEAWAY 2: VH1′s ATL Documentary Screening

Vh1, Corner of the Cave and Ebony Son Management have teamed up to put together a DAMN GOOD documentary on the rise of the Atlanta music scene. And I’m not just saying that because I’m in too (*wink*).

The documentary is called ATL: The Untold Story Of Atlanta’s Rise In The Rap Game and it airs on Tuesday, September 2nd. It starts as far back as the Atlanta Child Murders and goes all the way up to Migos. So yes, that means everyone from Edward J to Jermaine Dupri is in there. I really think that Atlanta is going to be proud of this documentary. Of course it’s difficult to fit 34 years of history into a 90-minute film, but they did their thing.

That said, there is a screening this Sunday at the Rialto in downtown Atlanta and I have some free tickets to give away.

Of course, I don’t just be giving away anything easy. You’re going to have to do something for them. And you’re going to have to prove just how much you know about this great city of Atlanta and the music it has put out.

The first pair went fast! Here is the second trivia question.

Name the record label that Jermaine Durpi and Kris Kross signed to and released their debut album Totally Krossed Out on.

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Ticket Giveaway: Vh1′s ATL Documentary Screening

Vh1, Corner of the Cave, Ebony Son Management and For Georgia have teamed up to put together a DAMN GOOD documentary on the rise of the Atlanta music scene. And I’m not just saying that because I’m in too (*wink*).

The documentary is called ATL: The Untold Story Of Atlanta’s Rise In The Rap Game and it airs on Tuesday, September 2nd. It starts as far back as the Atlanta Child Murders and goes all the way up to Migos. So yes, that means everyone from Edward J to Jermaine Dupri is in there. I really think that Atlanta is going to be proud of this documentary. Of course it’s difficult to fit 34 years of history into a 90-minute film, but they did their thing.

That said, there is a screening this Sunday at the Rialto in downtown Atlanta and I have some free tickets to give away.

Of course, I don’t just be giving away anything easy. You’re going to have to do something for them. And you’re going to have to prove just how much you know about this great city of Atlanta and the music it has put out.

Question: Kilo had two highly-publicized beefs with two other equally popular Atlanta rappers. First person to name both of them get a pair of tickets.

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The Game feat. Every Rapper Out Right Now – “Don’t Shoot” (Tribute to Mike Brown)

This should settle the “rappers never speak out” stuff for at least a little while. The Game called up just about every rapper out right now and got them to contribute to “Don’t Shoot” in wake of the Mike Brown murder in Ferguson, MO. Is it jammin’ like “Self-Destruction” or “We All In the Same Gang?” That’s up to you to determine, but, all profits from this song will be donated to the Justice For Mike Brown charity. So if you’re down with that, buy the song on iTunes.

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Rae Sremmurd – “No Type”

No…the song doesn’t go exactly like “No Flex Zone.”

Song actually kinda riding though. Interesting artwork. Hodgepodge of different “bad chicks” put together, trying to say they see past color, I’m assuming.

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One Music Fest: The Time Erykah Badu Had To Replace Amel Larrieux

One Music Fest founder J Carter shares the story about how last year’s Amel Larrieux performance hit a snag and Erykah Badu came to the rescue.

If you haven’t bought tickets yet, you’re tripping.

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Yelawolf – “Primus” (freestyle)

Yelawolf goes all the way in over that old Primus “My Name Is Mud.” Vintage ‘Wolf.

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KICKSTARTER: Help Fund The Dungeon Family Pyramids

The homie Fabian Williams aka The Occasional Superstar has always been one Atlanta’s most innovative artists and now he’s looking to pull off something that will only add to his legacy…and t the legacy of one of the greatest Hip Hop collectives in history, The Dungeon Family.

He’s looking to build a 8-foot tall pyramid paying homage to the crew, that he will also be painting himself. Here’s how he’s explaining his endeavor on his Kickstarter page.

I’m building an 8ft by 12 ft Dungeon Family Pyramid on the Atlanta’s beltline. Why? Well I want to create a semi permanent monument that pays homage to the creative achievement of the Dungeon Family. To me, pyramids are a symbol to the viewer that something significant has occurred here. It’s a reference to mastery of one’s self. In this the capstone is not the all seeing eye but the soul. It will be illuminated by solar powered LED lights but at night, we would like those lights to be lasers. Lasers that will light up as a symbol of the DF creative endeavors and investment in funk.

The pyramid structures that have been left behind from ancient civilizations rival or even surpass modern construction in just about every continent. The Pyramid is a remnant of a society that celebrates the mastery of its architecture, culture and wisdom. The concept of this design was crafted from inspiration of these processes and honestly, Ancient Aliens, a show I watch religiously on H2. Although the original, functional, purpose of this type of structure is unknown, the visceral effect of the architectural mastery is not lost on the viewer. Similar to seeing a sculpture by Michelangelo or the colossal heads on Easter Island, not having access to the back story on the creation of the piece does not take away from the feeling that what you are seeing is indeed lasting.

The Dungeon Family Pyramid will be an artistic homage to their iconic achievements. As nomadic travelers view it, even if they are unaware of the cultural influence of the artists who will be depicted on the structure, it will be evident by the style and representation of the figures that they hold great significance.

In the future, I would like to create monuments like these combining ancient ruins with prominent hip hop artists. I want these structures to be made of materials that would last thousands of years. So when archaeologist find these installations they will know of the hip hop culture that preceded them and it was a mighty thing.

Sound cool, sounds legit, sounds necessary. If you want to support Fabian, CLICK HERE and donate to the campaign, or at the very least, spread the word.

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