Big K.R.I.T. just dropped one of the most anticipated mixtapes of 2012. Hell, probably one of the most anticipated albums, period. Since his last release, Return of 4Eva, the southern producer and rapper has kept his name in many mouths. He’s been producing gems for artists such as Smoke Dza, Freddie Gibbs, Ludacris, T.I. and 8Ball & MJG. His official debut album, Live From the Underground is set to be released some time this year (come on now, Def Jam). The man has been busy. Through that extensively busy schedule, K.R.I.T. managed to produce, mix and arrange his own equally substantial mixtape, 4Eva N A Day. I have to say, quite frankly, it is the shit.
Archive for March, 2012
Tags: 4Eva N A Day, Big K.R.I.T., Mixtape, Review
Tags: Atlanta, Creative Loafing, High Impact Multimedia Designs, Underground hip hop, Will Feagins Jr
There is most certainly a movement happening here in Atlanta: the continuous rise of indie hip hop. Unfortunately, it’s rarely captured by the radio or the television. But fear not. Photographer/film maker/web designer W. Feagins, Jr. of High Impact Multimedia Designs shot an intimate look of Atlanta’s musical culture that many times goes unseen by mainstream eyes. UNDEREXPOSED: Indie Hip Hop in Atlanta highlights the incredibly lively spirit of the underground hip hop movement. With interviews featuring more than 40 people with ties to the indie community, Feagins shines a light of awareness and relevancy to what’s been going down in the cut for quite some time. If you’re in Atlanta, this film should encourage you to spend time in venues such as 529, Apache Cafe, the Sound Table and other dope spots that showcase the undeniable talent tearing through ATL’s hip hop scene.
Visit UNDEREXPOSED on the web for more info.
The film is nominated for Creative Loafing’s 2012 ATL Short Cuts Viewer’s Choice. Vote for the short here. Voting ends on March 16th, so get on it!
Tags: B4 The Night Is Thru, Jesse Boykins III, Love Apparatus
This joint right here?? The shit that visual romance is made of. Jesse Boykins III released the video to “B4 The Night Is Thru” from the highly anticipated album Love Apparatus (where’s it at, JB3??). The setting: a trendy, exclusive low-key spot, brimming with eclecticism and individuality. The people: Jesse and his coolly dressed boys and Trae with her fabulously accessorized ladies. The situation: While the ladies are just trying to get their sweat on via good tunes and beats, JB nervously works up the courage to holla at the entrancing Trae. However, his efforts are thwarted by cockblocking bouncers and mocking homegirls. We’ve all been there. Get into it!
Tags: Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, Dr. John, Locked Down, New Orleans, Revolution
New Orleans jazz great Dr. John returns with a hard-hitting bluesy, social commentary in the form of “Revolution.” He’s paired with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach to create what will surely be a nicely crafted album, Locked Down. Dr. John has long been a staple on the blues and jazz scene so I’m interested in what else Auerbach will be able to bring out of this collaboration. Auerbach did tell Rolling Stone, “Like that Farfisa solo on ‘Revolution’ – that’s a first-take solo. He just goes for it, man. He told me he hadn’t played a Farfisa organ since 1969 when he was with Doug Sahm, and he killed it.” Yeah, that organ is just sick as hell, man.
You can stream “Revolution” here. You won’t regret it. Album drops April 3rd.
Tags: Funk It Out Friday, Ohio Players, Sweet Sticky Thing
Some slow funk for y’all on this Friday afternoon. This 1975 hit from the ever dynamic Ohio Players is such a smooth, sexy track. The saxophone solo throughout stands out as one of the highlights of the song. Not to mention the cover art. Have mercy. The Ohio Players sure knew how to elicit sex appeal with those sweet voices and talented fingers (ha!).
Tags: Afrobeat, Damon Albarn, Erykah Badu, Fela Kuti, Flea, Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rocket Juice and the Moon, Tony Allen
Who doesn’t love a dope supergroup?? Especially when that supergroup consists of folks that have such a prominent presence in music in their own right. Damon Albarn (lead vocalist for Gorillaz), Flea (bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Tony Allen (drummer and musical director for Fela Kuti) have combined their melodic awesomeness to create funk band Rocket Juice and The Moon. Blending funk, Afrobeat and jazz, “Hey Shooter” results in a fast-moving, psychedelic journey. And of course, Badu’s laidback soulfulness just adds light to the trippy tune.
Rocket Juice and The Moon are set to release their self-titled album Rocket Juice & Moon on March 27.