Posted: October 27, 2014 in ATL Love, Hip Hop, Music Event, Review, Underground
Tags: Abyss, Arablak, Damaja D, Divided Time, Ekundayo, Jawz of Life, mikeflo, Plaza Theatre, Snub Zero, Stanza, Supastition, Will Feagins Jr
Images of Black single mothers and daddyless Black children are constantly saturating our media outlets. We’ve heard the narrative for so long that we begin to perpetuate this thought and go along with the misrepresentation. Hip hop is very much a deep thread in the Black community, woven in many facets of our daily lives. As a male-dominated industry, we rarely hear the stories of these men being fathers, along with rappers, producers and students of the hip hop game. Will Feagins Jr. means to steer the conversation and the narrative to a topic that is seldom discussed in a mainstream platform. Divided Time highlights the fatherhoods of independent artists Abyss, Arablak, Damaja D, Ekundayo, Jawz of Life, mikeflo, Snub Zero, Stanza, and Supastition. The men discuss their relationships with their children, the hard choices they’ve made balancing their music dreams and building their families, the examples of fatherhood they witnessed growing up, and what hip hop means to them as parents.
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I won’t lie: I melt over a good hip hop love song. A smooth beat, intimate lyrics and slick wordplay are the best ways to romance my heart. “Land of Passion,” produced by Dublohskytzo, from Yamin Semali’s latest project Senior Dues, speaks to all these facets of soul connectedness. Produced by B.K. Jackson and Mike Robertson, the visuals are warm and inviting, showing Yamin chillin’ with his lady, sharing in her space, vibing to her vinyl collection. Get into it below and pick up that Senior Dues here!
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Posted: October 14, 2014 in Alternative, ATL Love, Hip Hop, New Video
Tags: Atlanta, BK Jackson, Dublohskytzo, Land of Passion, Mike Robertson, Senior Dues, Yamin Semali, Yen Dollar Music
Posted: October 8, 2014 in Alternative, ATL Love, Hip Hop, Music Event, R&B, Soul, Underground, What's Happ'nin'
Tags: A3C, Atlanta, Backbone, Black Thought, blctxt contxt, Civil Writes, Cool Breeze, Cormega, DJ Jamad, DJ Jaycee, Dungeon Family, East Atlanta, Edgewood, Elzhi, Gods'Illa, Illastrate, J Live, Jean Grae, Joe Kay, Killer Mike, King I Divine, Lil Will, Masta Ace, Old Fourth Ward, Pretty Ken, Pretty Sweet, Ra Ra, Rasta Root, Renegade, Scotty ATL, Sean Falyon, Sidestreet Ked, Six Rings, Skyzoo, Slimm Calhoun, Soulection, Sound Table, Talib Kweli, The Beatz and Lyrics Show, The Loft, Vinyl, Wally Sparks, WERC, Werdlife, WitchDoctor, Xavier BLK, Yamin Semali
Every Friday someone asks me, “what’s happ’nin’ this weekend??” This will be the place for you to find out. If you have an event you’d like to submit to be featured, email me with the subject “Event Submission.” I’ll feature it, along with other events happening within the same time frame. If it’s particularly dope, I’ll feature a more detailed write-up of your event.
(Right now, most events featured will be in Atlanta, since that’s my base. I’m open to events country and world-wide though!)
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What better time to emerge from my hiatus than with this new joint from blctxt and producer King I Divine? In the midst of a turbulent sociopolitical time, “The Roots” is a thoughtful narrative reflecting this nation’s unjust timeline. “I’m a mortal man that wishes he had answers/I’ma have some kids I hope that they stand up/to the man with the gun in his hands/whose agenda is to wipe them off earth cuz he can.” Over King I Divine’s hypnotic sounds, blctxt’s insightful lyrics can’t help but resonate with folks that understand this struggle.
This song is from the A3C Vol. 4 compilation mix, which dropped today. The mix is full of dope artists: new ones you need to know and familiar ones you’ve been diggin’ for a minute. You can stream it here and cop it here.