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Photo Credit: Eli Joshua

Photo Credit: Eli Joshua

One MusicFest 2013 is to music lovers what New York Fashion Week is to fashionistas and label whores: indelible bliss. Residents of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood reaped the benefits of their cool, downtown space being invaded by thousands upon thousands of folks feenin’ for some good ol’ fashioned soul food.

In its fourth year, One MusicFest is proving to be the music festival to attend. Since its inception, it has seen artists such as Common, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh, The Foreign Exchange, Anthony David, Tortured Soul, Santigold, Chrisette Michele, Big K.R.I.T. and a host more kill the stages. In 2013, the lineup and the venue changed but the rules remained the same: come prepared to have a good ass time.

From noon to 11pm, the Historic Fourth Ward Park provided refuge to those seeking solace in the midst of uncertainty. OMF allowed its patrons to let go, let loose and vibe to dope sounds in the company of other like-minded musicheads. Hosted by my personal favorite sanger Joi Gilliam and Atlanta’s slickest, sickest host D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik, the event was transformed from a music festival to a huge block party. Blanketed by camaraderie and enveloped in a commonality of music appreciation, everyone gathered with the intent to enjoy themselves thoroughly.


Hip hop is a funny thang.  We’ve got rappers that spit bars about money, cars, clothes and hoes, as if these acquisitions are the fulfillment of all their desires.  Rappers that strive to cop a label deal in hopes that all of those aforementioned things will be bestowed upon them with the simple mention of their names.  Thankfully, somebody has come along to talk some sense into these lost souls.  Visual artist and hip hop head Fahamu Pecou  has released an EP to complement his All Dat Glitters Ain’t Goals exhibition, which is currently on display at Lyons Wier Gallery in New York City.  One part case study, one part satire, all around poignant, All Dat Glitters is the impetus for a much needed discussion about hip hop’s role in pop culture and its massive influence through media depictions.

Hence, Fahamu Pecou is The Shit! The Shit is Pecou’s alter ego who exploits hip-hop vernacular to address the oversaturation of false images and mislead ideals of wealth and success. Appearing as a blinged-out, tatted-up rapper gracing the covers of art and pop culture publications. Fahamu Pecou is The Shit’s over exaggerated persona and swagger of is heightened by the use of subversive commentary, wordplay and colloquialisms scrawled atop these large-scale works. These quips directly engage the erroneous posturing proclaimed by today’s black pop culture icons and role models.

The EP provides the soundtrack to Pecou’s hard hitting displays of hip hop grandeur and extravagance.  Pecou recruits some of Atlanta’s most enterprising MCs to assist in ushering in some dialogue about what’s happening in hip hop culture.  Produced by Illastrate, the All Dat Glitters EP has been blessed by the likes of Stic.Man of Dead PrezClan Destined, L.I.U.N.S. Den, StarChile, Boog Brown, Great S.C.O.T.T., Methuzalah, Mike Flo and more.

Not only do you receive an awesome EP (for free!), Pecou has added a digi-book which includes art from his exhibit and lyrics from each dope track.  That’s the shit, right?