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Crew Love

Posted in Crew Love Atlanta by Dom Brady on July 17, 2007

Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t Crew love is a concept that really is in many ways overdue. I belive it’s the brainchild ofTaj Anwar (I could be very wrong on this, however). In my honest opinon, we don’t need one GIGANTIC, cohesive movement in ATL Hip Hop. It’s just impossible to have a scene and community of artists as large as ours to be effective or to serve each entity’s interests sufficiently that way. This is especially true when considering the different branches/offshoots of Hip Hop represented here in the city. What we DO need badly in ATL is for the beef to stop and for us to begin to respect each other irregardless of our differences. Crew love is all about bridging those gaps.

While it’s still limited in scope in terms of all the ATL crews, the concept is timely and it’s growing. Eventually we can hope to see full representation of Underground ATL hip hop. It would, however, be nice to see a love more inclusive of divergent sounds. For more pics please visit Automatic Classic’s Blog.

My take on this? I would love to support what they are doing more, but I work late on Thursdays so there is no way for me to attend.
I think that ATL is choc full of talent, obviously. ATL’s slept on scene is why I started this blog. I feel that certain groups and crews have always had the spotlight- and that’s fine. I also feel that in order for there to be growth a greater celebration of musical diversity coupled with a sense of quality control will need to be realized. There is room for SEVERAL true school promoters, crews, labels, movements. There is more than enough room for SEVERAL fusion,street, crunk, snap, and avante garde acts, promoters & movements as well. Let’s be honest. Most of Atlanta is clueless about the talent here. They just don’t know, but if they did they’d celebrate it like the rest of us.

Don’t get it twisted. In other cities, it’s not all sweet. Jay-Z wasn’t always chilling with Talib Kweli. Don’t think the “City too busy to hate” is the only area dealing with infighting. Just look at Slum Village’s song “Players” that was directed at D-12 back in the day. We’ll get where we need to be one day. It’s a work in progress.

Folk outside of The A like to forget that we’ve been making Hip Hop in Atlanta for just over 20 years. When you talk about the HISTORY of ATL’s Hip Hop scene with the likes of Mc Shy D, Y’all So Stupid, Another Bad Creation, Parental Advisory, Mass Influence, OutKast, Kriss Kross, Mad Drama, GooDie MoB, Lyrical Giants, King Edward J, Hemisphere, DJ Jelly, The Micranauts, Kilo, El Pus, Binkis Recs, etc…you’re talkin about ATL Hip Hop dating back to the Mid 80’s. There are movements, crews, alliances, sub-genres and history that all need to be respected. ALL of it-irregardless if it’s your “thing” or not.

Young cats on the street don’t need to think that Jeezy and T.I. created the Hip Hop scene in Atlanta. That’s an afront to everyone that came before them. It hurts the ATL scene, the ATL sound. Backpackers don’t need to think that Outkast was the first group with skills to garner National Acclaim- that would ACTUALLY be Lyrical Giants(An unsigned Hype with The Source back when the Source was reputable in the early to mid ’90’s)who was fronted by a hungry Bonecrusher before he went the “crunk” route. Purists don’t need to believe that The Micranauts and Mass Influence were the only cats SPITTING in the early ’90s. Parental Advisory was without a DOUBT on their game . We can’t forget the legacy of female pioneers such as Mad Drama either.

Crew Love is a step in the right direction of getting this rectified. What I would love to see is a scene like Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance where different movements pushed each other, congratulated each other, cosigned each other, and collabed with one another. Wouldn’t that be beautiful ? For more on Crew Love, and it’s movement check this video:


Friday’s = No Doze/New Music

Posted in B.O.B Haterz, E*rock, Free Mp3, Gourds, No Doze, Notch, Obeah, Psyche Origami, video by Dom Brady on July 13, 2007

Notch isn’t really new. Remember Born Jamericans? I’d post an mp3 but all my Born Jamericans music is on Tape. Lol. Man I used to love that group. Well, the lil lightskinned dude? That’s Notch. He’s from a mixed heritage background with fam from Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Portugal, and African Americans as well. Ain’t that a mixed bag? Well, he’s taken that cultural gumbo and applied it to his music. And it’s working. He’s had hits for the past few years with Reggaton releases. What’s funny is I rediscovered this artist driving down the street to work a few days ago. I turned on the radio and heard a dope dancehall riddim. I kept it on that station,and bam here comes some reggaeton on top of it. It was Notch. Never heard that sort of thing before, and that’s why he is starting off this No Doze for this week. Check it for yourself and see what you think. New Album is in stores NOW.

Notch- Ay Que Bueno

Based out of Austin, Gourds is a really intersting sound. I like Jimmy Buffett. Didn’t figure me for a parrot head? Well, I did matriculate at Georgia Southern University during the late ’90’s, people. You were’nt going to party and not eventually hear some Jimmy Buffett. This is just feel good stuff, man. When I put this on I feel like I should be either dancing on a dusty dance floor with a cold one in one hand and the waist of my lady in the other or dangerously keg standing on someone’s deck out back behind their 2nd floor apartment. WHY did we do shit like that, honestly? Because it was fun. Fun is what you’ll get with Gourds. If you turn your nose up to folky/rootsy damn near country inflected music this MIGHT not be for you. As for me and mine? We’ll be dancing in your stead. If you like what you hear they’ll be playing at Smith’s Old Bar in Atlanta tonight.

Gourds- How Will You Shine

Never heard of the label Audio Dregs? Neither did I until I stumbled upon this video on Cool Hunting. Cool Hunting has been a favorite site of mine for some time now (they are linked up in the blog roll). Always good for some new material, and E*rock is no exception. Enjoy.

You MIGHT have heard this cat on a few of my mixes. Obeah has been working with the likes of Social Espionage alot lately. This MC/DJ/musician has been on the scene here in ATLanta via Columbus, Georgia for a few years now, and he’s talented as you’ll see from the MP3 I’ll provide you. The Substance Theory Project he’s got going with Social Espionage shows some promise, and if you like raw hip hop you’ll probrably love this.

Obeah-Raw life (rework)

We’ve talked about B.O.B before, but never mentioned him in a No Doze segment. The man is Dope. He’s doing what shoulda been done along time ago. He’s spitting true over classic Southern Bass Beats. His style is accessible for party goers, and southern rap connoisseurs but without comprimising his flow. If you haven’t seen him mentioned in XXL, if you haven’t heard him on mixtapes such as his CLOUD 9 mix on DJ Smallz Southern Smoke series I seriously have to ask you where you’ve been. The song I’m going to share is getting some play here in Atlanta on mainstream radio. Please support artists like this that bring skill and artistry to the table. Call your local station and request “Haterz”! Remember. LISTEN to what he’s saying. Wes Fif isn’t the lyricist B.O.B is on this track, but he holds his own.

B.O.B- Haterz (feat.Wes Fif)

Lastly, we’ll close this with ATL’s Psyche Origami. Everyone in ATL has heard of this hip hop group. We know what they bring. They bring a GREAT live show, they bring two djs and one dope emcee. What trips me out is that with the critical success of Collective Efforts, IDD, and other Arc the Finger label mates how noone outside has never heard of Psyche Oragami. Let’s remedy that…


Posted in Corndogorama by Dom Brady on July 12, 2007

It’s finally here. Corndogorama should be great fun this weekend. For a list of bands, etc check out the festival’s website corndogorama.com. It’s being held at Lenny’s this year which for some has become news. I guess it was nice at the Earl, but shit happens.

Lots of bands will be playing, as usual. Mastodon is headlining (hence the youtubery).

Hope to see y’all out there. I’ll be partying like a rock star on Saturday for sure- might not be able to make it out every day of the festival.

Really it’s a big weekend if you’re planning to be out and about in Atlanta, and we’ll talk about that a little more in detail later today.

Friday’s = No Doze/ New Music

Posted in Atlanta, Black Bird, Blame Game, Computer Jay, Mackintosh Braun, Mp3s, New Music by Dom Brady on July 6, 2007

Okay…we’re going to kick this off with Computer Jay this cat lays his head in L.A. and isn’t brand new per se. Wait. Did I just rhyme that? Anyway…he’s been around the block as a keyboardist for the Pharcyde. Y’all have heard of the Pharcyde, right? Well, this aint no Pharcyde sounding shit. It’s…computerish. Is that a word? Electronically based music that sounds damn near ambient. I’ll let y’all decide on what you think of it.

Computer Jay – “Maintainn
Mackintosh Braun. Interesting name. Interesting music. Hailing out of Portland, Oregon they remind me alot of The Postal Service. In fact (as indicated by my last.fm page) after giving their tracks a few more listens I was drawn to give The Postal Service a few more spins for a on the fly comparison. The heavier vocal presence distinguishes them, but the feel of the music is somewhat similar. In either case, I love it.

Mackintosh Braun- “The Sound

How I came about this last non-local artist is weird. I was going to talk about Animal Collective, but then I remembered I talked about them last month and it also occured to me that they aren’t that new at all. So here we have Blackbird. I actually ran across his page on myspace totally by chance. It was the 3 degrees of myspace separation thing. Weird. Then I played the music on his player. Weird. You’ll just have to make your own mind up about Blackbird because I still haven’t. This beat is banging, tho.

Blackbird- “Coke and Alcohol
It’s alot of interesting music going on in Atlanta right now. Blame Game is part of that. They’ve been doing their thing for a minute , but I imagine for alot of y’all who aren’t from Atlanta that you’ve never heard of them- unless you live in Brooklyn, NYC where the group has relocated to for recording. They do an intersting fusion of Rock. It’s hard to explain, so I won’t try.

Blame Game – “Slidin Highway

It’s sumin about Gorilla Zoe. It’s certainly not the lyrics. Must be the beats then, right? Well it’s PARTLY about the beats. When you talk about party music, you talk about a feel. I’m not going to pretend like Gorilla Zoe is a world beater lyrically. He certainly doesn’t come across as one on the tracks I’ve heard him on. Does he have his moments? Yes, but they are few and far between. What I DO like about this brother is his voice, style, and mic presence. That’s something you can’t teach. There are some lyrical MC’s out there that are boring. You won’t find that with Zoe. This is quality party music. Party music. You won’t find backpackers bumping this in their headphones. But I promise you that hood clubs and hipsters alike will be/are dropping it like it’s hot to his first single. Tell me I’m lying…

Gorilla Zoe- “Hood Niggaz
I know, I know. Isn’t this neo soul thing dead? Well, thankfully it isn’t, yet. Rising out of a tradition of India.Arie, Donnie, Alegebra, and many others Rahbi is here to stay. And it’s a good thing because I love some soul. Rahbi is a cat that I noticed last year. Couldn’t help it, really. For some reason fliers announcing his EP were all over the Mass Media Arts building and Library at Clark Atlanta University. Everywhere I went I ran into one. At that time I was up to my ears in soul and didn’t really pay him any mind. The man has some good music, family. Vocally he reminds me of Rashaan Patterson except he doesn’t go big like Rashaan Does. He’s making moves, tho. Pay attention to this brother. ATL’s soul scene never has been a joke. But don’t let me convince you. Judge for yourself…

Rahbi- ““Sistas and Brothers


That’s what went down on the eve of July 4th @ MJQ thanks to the Sloppy Seconds Anniversary jumpoff. It was crazy. Venue was packed out, DJ was on point. Drinks and flesh were strewn about the place. It was easy to catch Vertigo. Impossile to know which way was up or down. Thank God for The Midnight Socialite who happily documented the event with the ill photog. It was a party for the ages
Speaking of Debauchery you can expect more of it at the Jumpoff this Friday.
FUXKD is the Brainchild of Former F’in Socialite Ian Ford. On first Fridays FUKXD features none other than The Audubon Society.
The Audubon Society might be the most versatile DJ’s in Atlanta. Highly slept on, but not for much longer. Dj Variable and Mr. Mind will have y’all dropping it like it’s hot on the Dancefloor. Did I mention they have a special guest this Friday? None other than the Black Bill Gates. He might be the illest street DJ in Atlanta. I know y’all have seen BG on Rap City.
He’s got quite an extensive musical vocabulary. You might see him play just about anything, but I think you can bet on some of this:

More to come about this weekend tomorrow…

It’s Wednesday! Time for a free mix.

Posted in Grits 'n Gravy mix, MP3 download by Dom Brady on July 4, 2007

Y’all know the deal. Every Wednesday I post a mix I like to call “Grits ‘N Gravy”. It’s just bascially music I’ve been listening to over the weekend. It’s called Grits ‘N Gravy because I like to feature Atlanta or Southern Artists as much as possible. I do have eclectic tastes, but with this mix I try to keep these mixes “Urban”. This is because these mixes began as a primer for many of my friends, and they like urban music. I AM NOT A DJ. *shrugs* Anyway, here it is:

Grits ‘N Gravy Vol 8 Tracklisting.

Medeski Martin & Wood– Take me Nowhere
B.O.B ft Wes Fif- Haterz (ATL)
Kilo Ali– Baby, Baby (ATL)
Andre 3000– Luna Love (ATL)
The Knife– Heartbeats
Esthero ft Andre 3000- Junglebook
T-pain ft Kardinal Offishall– Buy You a Drank (remix)
Buff1– Get To It
Blu & Exile ft Ta’Raach– Juice ‘N Dranks
Cee-Lo – Awful Thing (ATL)
N*E*R*D– Breakout
Dj Jazzy Jeff ft Eshon Burgun- Run That Back
Obeah – Raw Life (ATL)
Mass Influence– Rhyme Placement (ATL)
Owusu & Hannibal – What It’s About

In advance of his new album, Ricky Raw …

Posted in Atlanta mixtapes, Free Mixtape, mp3, Ricky Raw, White and nerdy by Dom Brady on July 2, 2007

ATL Rapper, Drum & Bass afficionado, and overall nice guy Ricky Raw has a new album coming out. Not to be left out in the mixtape craze, he’s decided to bless us with another mixtape. The man understands that most of us suffer from ADD and we simply can’t wait until the new album drops to hear some music from Mr. Raw. Aint that thoughtful of him?

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01. It’s On You (f. J-Qwest, Kel, Cypher Linguistics)
02. Just Like (f. A-Bomb, Sighphur 1)
03. Three Amigos (f. Sighphur 1, Cypher Linguistics)
04. All Over (f. Cypher Linguistics)
05. Sweetest Songs (f. Sighphur 1, Dj ScizzaHandz)
06. Keep Breathin (f. Kris Kringle, Marxman 45)
07. Some Way
08. Ohh Girl
09. Keep It Movin
10. It’s True