If you've ever doubted Hova's lofty claims that he never pulls out a notepad in the booth, Young Guru would be the one to ask. Throughout most of Jay-Z's recording career, Guru has been his go-to sound engineer. In the process, he's helped Jay achieve what no other solo artist in history has: a record-setting 12 No. 1 albums.
Needless to say, Guru has some stories to tell. Which is why Atlanta-based music journalist/all-around cool dude Maurice Garland will be sitting down with him to chop it up for two hours Friday night at the Sound Table's Space 2 before Guru shows off his DJ skills for a spell.
For a chance to win free tix, check out MauriceGarland.com. Otherwise, you can purchase tix at YoungGuruAtlanta.eventbrite.com. $25 for Q&A from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. $15 for DJ set starting at 11 p.m. Fri., April 27. Space 2, 486 Edgewood Blvd. (next door to Sound Table).
If Mama Shakur liked Tupac’s hologram, who am I to judge. But the recent performance at Coachella did prove that even a 3D image is pretty one dimensional when it comes to representing the most polarizing rapper of all time.
But a more complete picture is in the works. Scheduled for September 28-29 of this year at Atlanta’s AU Center, the first Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection Conference — themed Hip Hop, Education and the Archival Imagination — will give scholars and students the chance to philosophize on the life and works of the Thug Immortal, education, and hip hop culture overall. The Robert W. Woodruff Library on the campus of Clark Atlanta University permanently houses the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection, which opened to the public last year on the 15th anniversary of his death. The collection comprises 30 boxes of material, including song lyrics, poems, memorabilia, fan mail, manuscripts, personal letters written and received by Tupac, press clippings, even a handwritten video treatment for “Dear Mama,” his hit dedication to Afeni Shakur, inducted into the Library of Congress since his death.
If you’re interested in submitting a paper for the upcoming conference, abstracts are being accepted until April 23. For more info, check out the conference’s Facebook page or website, or email the organizers at ShakurConference@auctr.edu.
We’ve got you covered, at least for Raekwon's show at Masquerade this Wed., April 4.
Head over to Loaf Deals where we’ve got tickets bumped down to $10 apiece, and they’ll be available ‘til noon on Tuesday.
No doubt Raekwon “the Chef” is one of the acclaimed voices of the Wu-Tang Clan to carry on with a solo career, but he’s never quite attained the post-ghetto celebrity shine of RZA, GZA, Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, or Ghostface Killah. But while his cohorts have settled into mediocrity (or the grave), Rae’s beats, rhymes, and dedication to indie grit have only improved with age. His latest release, the Unexpected Victory mixtape, wields street-hardened and ice-cold mafioso hood rap that swings like a punch in the gut. The Chef is still at the top of his game, and for this show Freddie Gibbs, JD Era, Kofi Black, Marq Spekt, and Ante Meridian (feat. Rozewood and Mr. Enok) open. Fort Knox and DJ Dug Boogie host.
Culture Shock Presents: 13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests. $15. 8 p.m. Sat., March 31. Atlanta Symphony Hall at Woodruff Art Center, 1280 Peachtree Street. 404-733-4900. www.high.org. Save stubs after the show to view the museum's "Picasso to Warhol" exhibit; Kai Alce spins.
A Sole4Souls drop box will be on hand and accepting donations of old shoes.
If you want to get down and party like you mean it, this is where you want to be. Here's a video of Saint from 2009 to help show why.
$10-$20. 10 p.m. 595 North Ave. tamborparty.eventbrite.com.
This is also Gringo Star's ATL album release party for their latest, Count Yer Lucky Stars. It's happening Saturday, November 19 and it's a $10 offering at the door.
DJ Pauly D. $20-$40. 10 p.m. Opera, 1150 Crescent Ave. 404-872-1150. www.operaatlanta.com.
The first installment featured performances from Ethiopian native Marian Mereba ("Rider"), along with Knox, who's debut album Boomtown is also forthcoming. The narrative for her 2010 video "Dollar" always stumps me because I tend to lose focus around the 1:30 mark (see what I mean).
AmericanCool's second installment — Thurs., Sept. 8 at Vinyl — doubles as a release party for pop-punk rocker and headliner Jimi Cravity's new EP, Maverick, with a portion of the proceeds to go toward Atlanta's Teach For America program.
If the social cause ain't motivation enough, there's also an open bar sponsored by Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey from 8 p.m.-9 p.m. Just try not to look too obvious.
$10. 8 p.m. Jimi Cravity with Graham Knox and Wil May. Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. www.AmericanCOOL.eventbrite.com.
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