Last week, I had the privilege of attending one of the dopest hip hop shows my body has rocked to. The Do For Self Initiative hosted its first show of its 2012 concert series. According to the website:
“Do For Self is a community initiative aimed at promoting all humans to be self sufficient. Free from brain wash, and tyranny of the mind, and body. Applying the philosophy of “Every Option Every Variable” to every decision… I present direction – organized from each according to ability, to each according to need.” -GBK
Hosted by Methuzulah with special guest DJ Trackstar, with performances from the rhythmic collective Capacity Demo (DJs Illastrate, AmDex and DT, and flutist Rasheeda Ali), Tef Poe, Ekundayo, Gotta Be Karim, Clan Destined, Sha Stimuli, and Boog Brown, every act that hit the stage brought fire.
This showcase was what the culture of hip hop is all about: connectedness, vivid storytelling, self-sufficiency, and rhymes that move the crowd. If what went down at 529 is any indication of what Do For Self has in store, I would definitely recommend anyone in ATL to check out the next show. Check the website for any upcoming events.