Pitchfork is a fool for this one. About a week ago, the site continued its animated Frames series with another episode featuring an Atlanta artist. This time, Waka Flocka Flame tells a childhood story about the time his grandmother put him on punishment for overindulging in the doggystyle. Snoopy makes a guest appearance.
Surely, Charles Schulz is rolling over in his grave.
Apparently Diddy's Bad Boy signee, rapper Machine Gun Kelly, wanted to leave his stamp on the city when he came to Atlanta for the BET Hip-Hop Awards last weekend. Instead, he got kicked out of the Microsoft store.
In the latest edition of When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong, the Cleveland-based rapper turned out Lenox Mall's Microsoft store during an in-store performance last Friday. After jumping up on the display table to spit his rhymes, he began kicking over computers, according to AllHipHop.com.
When store employees asked him to get down, he threw them the finger, talking ’bout:
"Suck my d*ck, I'm up in this motherf*cker. MGK in this b*tch. F*ck these computers."
You can't really see him doing damage in the video, but the laughter coming from the videographer is the cue. Police officers and Microsoft store employees eventually calmed MGK down. But what could've been going through that young man's head? Does he really think that's hip-hop?
That kind of "Wild Boy" behavior might score major points in the punk world, but in hip-hop you gets zero street cred for that, MGK. Real rappers tear the club up; they don't f*ck up a corporate relationship with a behemoth like Microsoft. Rappers idolize Bill Gates' legacy — they're trying to make Bill Gates' type money. On a scale of gangsta, Billionaire Gates is right up there with George W. Bush and Scarface. You don't trash the Microsoft store, son. You get that paper and keep it moving. Take that aggression out on your hip-hop peers next time — or an R&B singer — like real rappers do.
But alas, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. One of the event's organizers tells us that Devo won't appear at the church. However, Devon Hines is. We're assuming someone made an error while entering details into the website's database.
Sort of double-dipping here because Spencer linked it in Tracklist earlier today, but this kind of rare genius is deserving of its own post, no?
In case you haven't heard the New York Post may or may not have tracked down the little weasel who broke Adele's heart and gave more than 6 million Americans something to cry about. His name is Slinky. Of course.
The dude with the dreads and the crazy facial expressions is Emmanuel Hudson, an Atlanta-based rapper who goes by the name Kosher. But it's his viral novelty-song videos that have been blowing up. Together, he and his brother Phillip Hudson are like a hood-version of the Lonely Island, with homemade YouTube videos dating back to 2009 that ponder such perpetually puzzling topics as fine girls with doo-doo-stained draws, chronic broke daters, and ratchet girls who have the nerve to think they're fly. Besides racking up millions of views via YouTube and WorldStarHipHop, they've also put together an "Asking All Them Questions" ringtone. Emmanuel was scheduled to appear on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show (Hot 107.9) this morning, and there's some unconfirmed rumor spreading via Facebook about him doing something associated with the Grammy Awards this weekend. Don't laugh, at last count the king of novelty Weird Al Yankovic's raked in a total of three Grammys and nine noms.
But the Grammy-associated buzz may pale in comparison to the homages the Hudsons have already received from all the copycat covers and parodies posted in recent months — most of them more goofy, ratchet, shameless, weird, cute, bootleg, and endearing than the original.
What an inspired collabo.
Atlanta trap star Gucci Mane and Bay Area it-girl Kreayshawn's sidekick V-Nasty are set to ride the tandem bike on forthcoming album BAYTL. (That's BAY + ATL, for the slow folk.)
The project's official first single, "Fuck You," debuted today on VICE Music, making it the first release of a new three-year partnership between VICE Music and Warner Bros. This project is interesting on so many levels, but first a lil backstory: V-Nasty is part of the White Girl Mob, a Bay Area tag-along crew of white female rappers whose figurehead, Kreayshawn, blew up this year, landing a purported million dollar deal with Columbia Records on the strength of her song and viral video — which has garnered 26 million YouTube views since May — "Gucci Gucci" (no relation).
As quick as she became an overnight blog sensation (much like another Bay Area cohort and sometimes-collaborator Lil B the Based God), Kreayshawn found herself in the middle of some heated racial crossfire. People were pissed because she was using the word "nigga" in her rhymes (and how could she not; "nigga" rhymes with so much stuff essential to the hip-hop lexicon: trigga, figga, bigga, liquor). Trouble is, it WASN'T Kreayshawn who was spewing forth n-words like nobody's bidness, it was her homie V-Nasty, as Kreayshawn repeatedly said in interviews. (People were mixing up their white girl rappers. The irony!) And being that V-Nasty is, well, so damn nasty, what was Kreayshawn to do? Tell her best friend — who grew up in the ghetto (around black people), and has been locked up on multiple occasions (with black people), and has always been comfortable using the n-word in mixed company — to stop? COLD TURKEY?
Yeah right. Nothing doing.
Thankfully, after two decades of rap's mainstream crossover, a major market has been cultivated for white girl MCs who can spit n-word-laced rhymes with a semblance of cultural authenticity. All V-Nasty needs is a co-signer, a benefactor, a worldwide hood ambassador of sorts; someone who can legitimize her in the eyes of real n-words everywhere.
ENTER Gucci Mane.
All too familiar himself with being a polarizing figure in rap, Gucci is demonized (often by blacks) as an idiotic rapper who personifies reprehensible racial stereotypes, i.e. niggas, and alternately regaled (often by whites) as a lyrical savant whose appeal can only be appreciated and adequately critiqued by those with the proper cultural insight; i.e. niggas.
"Dr. Conrad Murray/Bitch I'm known to kill mics" — Jarren Benton, "Skitzo"
Mama always told me not to call anyone a fool. But I think even she'd make an exception for Jarren Benton. The Decatur-based MC's video for "Skitzo" is the first visual from A3C Vol. 1, the first A3C Hip Hop Festival compilation album, which dropped today.
The three-day festival kicks off this Thurs., Oct. 6. Stay tuned for more A3C previews, and check their site for the official schedule.
Atlanta metal giants Mastodon have been hard at work on their new album The Hunter, but details have been fairly scarce so far. Now, the band has chosen to grace us mere mortals with a glimpse at The Hunter's cover, and it is the greatest possible thing. After seeing this album cover and learning that the new record contains a song titled "Stargasm," it's clear that these men are operating on some completely different plane of existence, and I want so badly to join them.
If you're in the mood for some more balls-to-the-wall Mastodon madness, check out the band's new, completely insane video for "Deathbound" via the Adult Swim Singles Program.
Last month, Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds teamed up with Newmerica to create this amazing commercial for Little Five Points restaurant Elmyr. Parodying cliche pharmaceutical ads, Hinds is diagnosed with "overwhelming hunger pangs," for which the only cure is an Elmyr burrito. It's an amazing video that quickly went viral, leaving everyone wanting more. Now Newmerica has done the whole world a favor and released the outtakes, and honestly, they're as funny as the original video. Check it out now and watch the guitar god get repeatedly abused by a small child.
Brent Hinds, guitarist and singer for Mastodon, has teamed up with Newmerica to produce this truly beautiful parody ad for Little Five restaurant and bar Elmyr. Poking fun at pharmaceutical commercials, the TV spot features Hinds as a victim of hunger, and only Elmyr's burritos can get his life back on track. And of course, the ad includes Hinds partaking in a variety of "life-affirming" activities, showing the guitarist chilling at a little league game, golfing, and even doing yoga. Really, I don't know why you're still reading this instead of watching it for yourself.
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