Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tracklist: Miley goes undercover

Posted by on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Are those fingers loaded, Mzwetwo?
  • Are those fingers loaded, Mzwetwo?
>> Watch the hardest twerking woman in show business, Miley Cyrus, dutch oven herself for a few minutes and then take a milk bath in a macrame dress in the life-changing new video for Bangerz ballad "Adore You."

>> Visual album genius, Queen Beyonce made one fan's dream come true at a recent concert. (Because that is what Beyonce does. Duh. She makes dreams come true and is a board-certified licensed dream creator/manufacturer/provider . That is in addition to her being a living, breathing, flawless, immortal goddess creature, and you are lucky to share the same blip in time.) You may want to have a tissue handy because you are going to cry. Sorry, it's going to happen.

>> Fluxblog's always amazing year-end survey mix is here for your downloading pleasures.

>> Wham!? You're all going on Santa's naughty list for next year.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A3C 2013: Looking back on a week of hip-hop legends and newcomers

Posted by on Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Dres tha Beatnik rockin at the block party.
The whirlwind of A3C 2013 has come and gone. Nearly 500 rappers and DJs, and tens of thousands of festivalgoers, flocked to the East Atlanta Village, Little Five Points, Old 4th Ward, Midtown, and Downtown Atlanta for a citywide musical odyssey. A spate of hip-hop luminaries both legendary and up-and-coming, ranging from 17 year-old upstate New Yorker Bishop Nehru to Scotty ATL to the Difference Machine, Ghostface Killah, Aesop Rock, Madlib, Questlove, and too many others to name occupied the city. Chad Radford and Brandon English spent five days in the thick of what has surely become the country, if not the world's largest hip-hop festival.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Questlove stops by Criminal Records today

Posted by on Sun, Oct 6, 2013 at 12:27 PM

In case y'all don't know, Ahmir Thompson, aka Questlove is making an appearance at Criminal Records today (Sun., Oct. 6) from 4:45-5:15 p.m. to sign copies of his memoir, Mo' Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove.

Time is short though, as this is just a 30-minute drive-by before Questlove heads over to the Best Block Party Ever to spin records alongside DJ Premier, Young Guru, DJ Maseo, DJ Scratch and Diamond D.

Free. 4:45-5:15 p.m. Criminal Records, 1154 Euclid Ave. 404-215-9511.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Paten Locke and Edan brought style and chemistry to A3C Thursday night

Posted by on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Paten Locke (from left) and Edan at 529 for A3C.
  • Chad Radford
  • Paten Locke (from left) and Edan at 529 for A3C on Thurs., Oct. 3.
With a stylishly abstract take on the A3C experience, Jacksonville, Fla rapper Paten Locke and New Yorker Edan closed out the Left Field Experiment at 529 on Thursday night, with a dose of classic hip-hop chemistry.

Together, Locke and Edan tore through a set of stage routines and knob twisting noise, along with several songs from each other's respective catalogues: The Edan songs included "Mic manipulator," "Syllable Practice," "Emcees Smoke Crack," "Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme," and more, while Locke's songs included "Ventilation," "Dumbtron," and a few more.

If you missed it, you missed out, but Dumbtron is playing the Star Bar tonight (Fri., Oct. 4). Tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 5), Locke, Willie Evans Jr., and Dillon perform as Full Plate Fam at the Earl. Methuzulah, Bishop Nehru, the Difference Machine, Madlib, and Aesop Rock are also on the bill.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Clear Soul Forces bring Detroit legacy at A3C

Posted by on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 6:14 PM

From a hip-hop perspective, when the city of Detroit comes up in conversation, artist like J Dilla, Slum Village, Eminem, Elzhi, D12, and Big Sean come to mind. Next in line is Clear Soul Forces, the Motor City’s latest rap group to make waves in an already overcrowded pool of artist. Noveliss (formerly J-Roc), L.A.Z, Ilajide, and E-Fave decided to combine their individual lyrical efforts to form the group one night in the studio after it was suggested by Royce Da 5'9." Since then the group has been touring across the country regularly, in support of their album titled Detroit Revolution(s), and when they aren’t performing they're locked in their home studio, dubbed "the Complex," perfecting their craft. With smooth flowing lyrics and seamless transitions between each others verses, creating a vibe that draws from the New York street poets of the ’70s, providing inspiration by expressing their feelings about the realities of their surroundings and everyday life.

Catch them at A3C on Saturday, October 13 on the Jakprints Stage at the Masquerade. 6:45 p.m.

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A3C offers shuttle and on-demand driver services between venues

Posted by on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Let's face it, the volume of traffic in this town can be a sincere pain, pretty much every night of the week. And then there’s Park Atlanta, lurking in the shadows, waiting to strike like a thief in the night once you’ve found a decent place to stow your ride. Out-of-town visitiors beware.

If you’re trying to make your way from venue to venue for this year’s A3C Hip-Hop Fest, there are a couple of options available that don’t involve getting behind the wheel. First and foremost, A3C is running a free shuttle service (see the schedule above).

Secondly, as a service to this year’s A3C Hip-Hop Fest pass holders, Uber, an on-demand driver service, is offering four free rides from the Masquerade to the various venues throughout the city where A3C shows are being held, from Terminal West to the Star Bar and all points in between. All you have to do is download the Uber app from the App Store or Google Play, set up an account, and enter the promo code UberA3C to request a ride. Why drive in Atlanta when you don't have to?

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Big Boi to play A3C

Posted by on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Big Boi plays Thurs., Oct. 11 at Terminal West
Earlier today, Big Boi was quietly added to the "Artists" section of A3C's website, and according to the flier he's playing at Terminal West on Thursday, October 11 with Kid Daytona, Skyzoo, Kris Kasanova, and Phil Ade. Awesome.

Entry's permitted only with an A3C pass, though, so you'd better get on it.

In the meantime, check out this awesome Big Boi mixtape.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

2010 A3C Hip Hop Fest: Nesby Phips

Posted by on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 8:07 PM


The originator of Phipstapes, an alternative to the common mixtape, Nesby Phips has produced hits for several upcoming artists, including hometown partner Curren$y. His most recent Phipstape B-Side, with productions from himself, Pete Rock and Ski Beatz, gives further insight into his gulf coast flow and J.E.T.S.(Just Enjoy This Shit) movement. Born and raised in a city so rich in culture and history, we tapped Phips to list the five things that New Orleans brings to the game, some of which you'll certainly see during his performance at A3C this weekend.

Top 5 things N'awlins brought to hip-hop

5) Jazz: Jazz is an improvisational genre if you will and hip hop is nothing but that. That’s how it was created it and [the genre] birthed so many things, even reggae. This was told to me by my elders. Everyone used to get music imports from New Orleans.

4) Emcees: Jay Electronica is the most phenomenal thing that has happened to hip hop. He kinda did what Drake did but on his own hand. He’s not on some one hit wonder shit, he got some shit finna pop off in the next week. He doesn’t have an album but he got five top singles. Look at his execution method and process. He ain’t just an emcee he’s a whole another entity. Look at Lil’ Wayne. He can do a song with Taylor Swift if he want to. He’s just from a few blocks over and it’s like he came out my house. I enjoy his success just as much. From No Limit to Cash Money look at everything we’ve done and produced.

3) Bounce Music: Swizz Beatz better come say something to New Orleans about giving him his style. He ain’t nothing but a bounce producer. I know damn well he better be happy for New Orleans bringing that.

2) Producers: Mannie Fresh is a big part of that southern sound that had a lot of the drum rolls. It kept that whole hip hop shit alive. It was like a new wave of hip hop when he dropped something. N.O. Joe has done a lot of shit with Rap A Lot. Our beats have another sound.

1) Musicians: We have a certain way we lay our music down and our timing. We all got that flavor to us because of our heritage and roots. Just like Curren$y, he doesn’t carry an accent like most of us, but he’s off that [New Orleans family] tree. It’s in the water. You gotta come here to see what I’m talking about.

$20 per day. 7 p.m. Sat., Oct 9. Perfect Attendance Showcase. Masquerade (Perfect Attendance Stage), 695 North Avenue NE., 404-577-8178. www.a3chiphop.com.

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2010 A3C Hip Hop Fest: Camp Lo

Posted by on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 11:32 AM

(left to right) Geechi and Cheeba
  • (left to right) Geechi and Cheeba

New York duo Camp Lo made Saturday nights with their 1997 hit "Luchini (This Is It)." After more than a decade in the industry, collaborating with everyone from De La Soul to Will Smith, Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede's flow has moved overseas onto several music charts. Their new album 80 Blocks to Tiffanys is ready for release, and with production from Pete Rock the group is sure to make more Saturday nights. Cheeba lists the top covers of their first hit single in anticipation of their live performance of the song at A3C.

Top 5 "Luchini (This Is It)" covers

5) Rashad feat. Jadakiss and Sheek Louch, "Sweet Misery": The texture over it. I was surprised they even did it. The flow they came with was hot.

4) Red Café feat. Fabolous, “This Is It (Luchini 2010)": He came original. He stuck to the formula of the song and everything that it was about.

3) Wiz Khalifa, “Air Born”: The way he came across, he stuck to the energy of it.

2) Precise, “Summer With NYC”(cue 2:54 for freestyle): He just caught me off guard with it. He got a song called “Barbershop Talk” and he’s not coming with the usual, he’s coming with his own walk. The young cats will dig it and older cats who rock with hip-hop can dig it.

1) Camp Lo "Luchini": Well I don't wanna sound like I'm inhaling myself but we vibed over "Luchini" with the thought of doing something new and fly. Displaying our Bronx, New York as never done before. True to the art!

$33 3-day passes. $15 per day. 9:30 p.m. Sat., Oct 9. A3C Presents Showcase. Masquerade (Red Bull Music Academy Stage), 695 North Avenue NE., 404-577-8178. www.a3chiphop.com.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

2010 A3C Hip Hop Fest: Laws

Posted by on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 12:38 PM


Christening himself as "your future favorite rapper," the Brazilian born and Tampa, Fla. raised Laws wrapped up a tour with Talib Kweli earlier this year. Now the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League representative is busy creating a collection of music to pay tribute to the Beatles due next year. Since A3C is all about celebrating hip-hop's past, present and future, Laws gives us some of his "future favorites" in the game.

Top 5 future favorite MCs

5) Jay Electronica: He’s like the perfect blend from the mid ’90s to 2011. He raps about some left field shit. It’s hard to do what he does as a rapper, taking what an underground artist is saying and making it commercial.

4) Drake: He’s pound-for-pound, bar-for-bar — that’s not even dick-riding — his whole style is different. Every line he says means something, not to mention the chorus he’ll have on top of all that shit.

3) Cyhi da Prynce: He’s gonna be one of the great rappers in the next 5 years. It’s pretty evident when Kanye co-signs. I mean a co-sign don’t mean shit, but Cyhi is really dope. He really puts a lot of thought into what he says.

2) Mason Caine: He’s the rapper I work closest with and he’s my favorite rapper next to myself. No one can touch him. All this year I’m gonna be pushing him along with myself. Mason Caine for president 2012.

1) Laws: I may not be as talented as the other guys I listed, but I have a pretty good foresight. I can see that I’ll be unstoppable in the next five years.

Honorable Mention: J Cole — He’s important for the game. Anyone who is on the radio and is a true lyricist is cool.

$33 3-day passes. $15 per day. 3 p.m. Fri., Oct 8. DJBooth.net showcase. Masquerade (Jagermiester Stage), 695 North Ave., 404-577-8178. www.a3chiphop.com

8 p.m. Fri., Oct 8. iStandard Producer Showcase presented by Native Instruments. Masquerade (Unique Squared Pro Audio Stage).

6:30 p.m. Sat., Oct 9. Panel: What is a Mixtape...Really?. Masquerade (Unique Squared Pro Audio Stage).

7 p.m. Sat., Oct 9. Perfect Attendance showcase. Masquerade (Perfect Attendance Stage).

Related: A3C Hip Hop Festival gives Atlanta a good rap

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