Van Hunt doesn't sound like himself.
Last year, he admits, he was devastated after Blue Note/EMI decided against releasing his untamed third album, Popular. In hindsight, however, Hunt suggests that given the opportunity to do it over, he would've tempered the characteristic defiance that's come to define his bitches brew.
"I think I would have made a different record," he says. "I don't think I understood that they wanted a particular sound. It wasn't like it was a foreign sound to my artistry. It was just one part of what I do. I think I could have made a record that would have made them more comfortable doing what they do which is sell records."
(Photo by Big Hassle)
Spotted at Lavish Life Social Club.
Looks like the rapper formerly known as B.o.B. is serious about taking his music to the next level.
Last Wednesday, Bobby Ray performed an acoustic set in celebration of his newly released mixtape B.o.B. vs. Bobby Ray. Zach Wolfe shot footage at Striver's Row, the new men's fashion boutique co-owned by Jason Geter of Grand Hustle (T.I.'s record label).
Whether you dig where Bobby Ray's headed or not, it's cool to see an MC signed to a major label (Rebel Rock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic) put his artistic evolution out on front street for all to critique. If anything, it proves the state of the industry is in total flux right now. Usually this is the kind of experimentation that goes on behind closed doors, and the end result is either shipped (yay) or shelved (nay) by the record label. Guess they're taking a wait-and-see approach, too.
Either that, or they're already sold on the end result and want to make sure the public is, so they're spoon-feeding us. Experiment away I say, as long as there are no instructional dance songs in the works.
BET premiered the Anthony Mandler-directed video for Jay-Z's new song "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" after the airing of the BET Awards last night (where he also performed it live). That's Warner Music Group CEO Lyor Cohen chauffeuring Hov in the beginning of the video. The two were long time business associates during the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam days. Now that Jay-Z's upcoming album Blueprint 3 will be released by WMG subsidiary Atlantic, the cameo is fitting.
Harvey Keitel and Lebron James are also featured.
The highlight comes four and a half minutes in when Jay finally gets his overgrown sheepskin fro shorn in the barber's chair. He's been catching hell about that unkempt do for months. Some things, not even multi-millions can excuse.
Athens band Modern Skirts headlined day 1 of the Corndogorama on Saturday night. The heat was brutal during the day and didn't let off much after the sun went down, and a brief spell of rain made everything soggy, then humid. Still, the vibe was mellow, and the chunk of real estate upon which this year's Cornodog landed is spacious. Although it never felt crowded, it wasn't empty by any means, at least by the end of the night.
The new location feels right, but needs more places to hide from the heat. It is June in Georgia after all. Sitting in the summer heat and sweating for the sake of a good time and good music is one thing, but when you add the grease and girth of a steady intake of corndogs staggered throughout the day, washed down by however many hot PBRs it takes to get the job done, the body moves in slow motion. Such was the case for many who were willing to suffer for their music at Corndogorama XII.
At the end of the night, best estimates put it at somewhere just over 1,000 people had attended from beginning to end. When asked if it was success? David Railey laughed, "I think so, but I don't know. Ask me tomorrow."
We know you've been thinking to yourself, "CL should create a space for all the awesome photos they shoot." And if you weren't thinking that, then all the visual desires you never even knew you had have just been fulfilled.
We now have a spot where you can access all the latest galleries shot each week, a new Photo of the Day posted (you guessed it!) every day, and new videos going up every week. You can also check out the thousands of images uploaded by your fellow Atlantans to the CL Flickr feed or read up on what the deal was with each week's Time and Place photo.
There's international photo and video news, tidbits and gear updates, along with info on upcoming Atlanta photo community meet-ups and shoot-outs.
Missed the TV On the Radio concert? We've got the photos to make you feel just a little better about it.
Wondering how the hell they get all that sand out of the Decatur Square after the Decatur Beach Party? We've got the lowdown on that through video interviews.
Of course, we want to hear your feedback. So give us your joys, your grievances, your Atlanta photo knowledge! Send it all our way to email@example.com.
(Photo by Perry Julien)
When T.I.'s long-time friend and personal assistant Philant Johnson was killed in 2006, the Atlanta rapper was distraught to say the least.
T.I. now serving a 366 day sentence in Arkansas and his entourage, including Johnson, were involved in a shooting after leaving a nightclub in Cincinnati in early May 2006.
Padron Thomas, the man who drove the vehicle from which the deadly shots were fired, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.
From the Associated Press:
Forty-one-year-old Padron Thomas told a judge he's a "knucklehead" and wishes he could take back what he did. He was sentenced Wednesday on gun charges and unrelated federal drug charges.
He testified in December against his younger brother, who was sentenced to 66 years in prison for shooting Philant Johnson in May 2006 after a T.I. concert in Cincinnati.
Three others were injured in the shooting. The Grammy-winning Atlanta rapper wasn't hurt.
In exchange for his testimony, Thomas received a reduced sentence for his involvement in a drug ring that shipped marijuana from California to Cincinnati.
(Photo by Crickontour/Flickr)
Rank of CNN: 1
Total number of Twitterers following Soulja Boy: 892,491
Total number of tweets the rapper or his handlers have posted on his Twitter site: 4,412
Estimated number of tweets worldwide that were related to the Iran protests, following the countrys June 12 election: 79,000
Estimated percentage of tweets that referenced Michael Jackson in the two hours following the king of pops death: 30
Total number of Twitter members worldwide: 37 million
Number of other major social-networking sites that have grown faster than Twitter over the past year: 0
Number of jobs that MySpace was forced to cut following stiff competition from Twitter and Facebook: 300
Read more from CL's Fresh Loaf blog.
Upon checking out Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones from the library three weeks ago, the first page I flipped to was chapter 28: "Thriller."
Maybe it was Michael Jackson's recent announcement that he planned to perform 50 concerts at the O2 arena in London, but for some reason his collaborations with Quincy Jones [Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987)] had been heavy on my mind. If ever he was desperate to make a comeback as critics were suggesting the scheduled string of concerts proved all MJ really needed to do was head back to the studio with Q one last time and do it again.
Not to take anything from the other producers he worked with post-Thriller such as Teddy Riley who oversaw production on Dangerous (1991), or Rodney Jerkins who contributed significant production to Invincible (2001) but when you look at MJ's solo discography nothing stacks up to the Quincy Jones years. They made magic together.
In the following excerpt from his 2001 autobiography published by Doubleday, Jones talks about some of the collaborators who made Thriller the greatest selling album of all-time and reveals how he came to call Michael Jackson "Smelly."
The making of Thriller in a little more than two months was like riding a rocket. Everything about it was done at hyperspeed. Rod Temperton, who also co-wrote several of the album's songs, and I listened to nearly 600 songs before picking out a dozen we liked. Rod would then submit to me about thirty-three of his own songs on totally complete demos with bass lines, counter lines, and all, recorded on the Temperton high-tech system of bouncing the sound of two cassette recordings between ghetto blasters, and ten to twenty-five alternate titles for each song, with the beginnings of lyric schemes. He was absolutely the best to work withalways totally prepared, not one drop of b.s. We have always kept it very real with each other, exchanging strong opinions and comments without ever "throwing a wobbly"British slang for "losing it." He's the kind of warrior you want at your side on the battlefield.
Michael was also writing music like a machine. He could really crank it up. In the time I worked with him he wrote three of the songs on Off the Wall, four on Thriller, and six on Bad. At this point on Thriller I'd been bugging him for months to write a Michael Jackson version of "My Sharona." One day I went to his house and said, "Smelly, give it up. The train is leaving the station." He said, "Quincy, I got this thing I want you to hear, but it's not finished yet. I don't have any vocals on it."
I called Michael "Smelly" because when he liked a piece of music or a certain beat, instead of calling it funky, he'd call it "smelly jelly." When it was really good, he'd say, "That's some smelly jelly." I said, "Smelly, it's getting late. Let's do it."
I took him to the studio inside his house. He called his engineer and we stacked the vocals on then and there. Michael sang his heart out. The song was "Beat It."
On a sad day, this vintage video of ATL television personality Too Clean talking to the Hot Boys should cheer everyone up. I recently saw the DVD from which it's taken, Clean's Down South Exclusive, Vol 1, and it is amazing.
Filmed in various Atlanta clubs and released in 2002, it features interviews culled from the late '90s with people like Ludacris, Pastor Troy, YoungBloodZ, Nelly, Big Boi, Trina, 8Ball & MJG and many more. Highlights include a wild, rambunctious Mystikal, a delightful and relaxed Jermaine Dupri, and, of course, the above interview with a very young Wayne and a rather fey-looking Juvenile. (The concert footage is blurry, but does a good job capturing the energy of crunk shows.)
Through it all Too Clean himself emerges as the most charismatic of the bunch. He lobs nothing but softballs, but in the process gets nearly all of his subjects to reveal something interesting about themselves. (With the exception of C-Murder, who looks nervous and paranoid.) It mostly helps that everyone looks to be about five or six drinks in.
It's available for purchase or on Netflix. Well worth it.
What's Clean up to nowadays? Was there ever a Down South Exclusive, Vol 2? I'd love to know.
that place was rad. sluts everywhere and awesome pours on the drinks. killer shows. so…
Trashed Dance Rock Party
I first saw Sleater-Kinney at Dottie's, after the show was relocated from Savage Pizza. True…
did gucci mane ever get to release those 10 albums?
if the old dottie's/lenny's building lasted longer than the building that housed the new lenny's,…