On Tuesday January 6, 2015, RaeSremmurd released their debut album ‘SremmLife’. The highly anticipated album from the Hip Hop duo features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Young Thug and Big Sean. The album also features production by producers Mike Will, Sonny Digital and Da Honorable C Note. On release day Rae Sremmurd held an exclusive meet and greet / cd signing for some of their Atlanta fans at DBS Sounds in Riverdale Ga. At the meet and greet, I got a chance to talk with them about the new album, working with their producer/label owner Mike Will and how hard it was for them to make it as Hip Hop artists being from Tupelo Mississippi. Check out the interview with Rae Sremmurd below:
I brought in the New Year (2015) spinning at an exclusive New Year”s Eve party hosted by none other than Christina Johnson from The hit VH1 Reality Show “Atlanta Exes”. Christina, who is Cee-lo Green’s ex wife hosted the The New Years Eve party along with her current boyfriend Willie Wallace. The New Years eve party was held over at The BQE Restaurant and Lounge which is located in the historic Old Fourth Ward area of Atlanta. I had a great time ringing in the New Year with such cool people ! Check out a few pics from the event:
BQE Restaurant and Lounge is located at 262 Edgewood Ave
Since the early 1970′s the Technics 1200 turntable has been the industry standard for professional DJ’s worldwide. I have personally only used Technics turntables as well as Technics headphones since the start of my DJ career. Custom Motorcycle designer Roland Sands recently designed a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle paying homage to the popular DJ brand and The Technics Sporty is the final result. The custom motorcycle’s design has taken a few cues from the SL-1200 turntable. It boasts the silver and black finish that has been a part of the Technics brand and the wheels on the bike actually look like a Technics 1200 turntable when they are rotated. The turntable inspired cafe style racer integrates subtle yet noticeable design elements from Technics giving a whole new meaning to the term “Wheels Of Steel”.
Check out the Technics Sporty in action in the video below:
(September 25, 2014) Veteran Music Executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid was recently honored at The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul’s 3rd Annual ATL Legends Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental here in Atlanta Ga. Each year The American Society Of Composers Authors and Publishers recognizes individuals who have brought great honor to the City of Atlanta through their achievements in the music industry. This year Usher, BabyFace, Cee-Lo Green, Big Boi, T.I., Shanti Das, Kawan “KP” Prather, Timbaland, Kandi Burress, Polow Da Don, Big Gipp and T-Mo were among the guests at the dinner to salute L.A. Reid. While at the dinner I got a chance to talk briefly with L.A Reid about why he picked Atlanta to start LaFace Records and what he feels the greatest accomplishment of his career is. Check out my video interview with L.A. Reid below:
Check out photos from ASCAP’S 3rd Annual Legends Dinner honoring L.A. Reid below:
Photos by Paras Griffin/Getty Images For ASCAP Rhytm & Soul Department)
Country music superstar Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood are currently in Atlanta kicking off their first tour here in over 18 years. The two are slated to perform a string of sold out shows at Philips Arena between the dates of September 19-27. While here in Atlanta the legendary singer/songwriter and his wife took time out of their busy tour schedule to stop by Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. The couple toured the facility, visited with patients and they also held a press conference in regards to the tour and their upcoming album releases. In the press conference Garth Brooks confirmed that his highly anticipated new album will be released on 11/11/14. The new album, which he secretly could not reveal, will be available at Walmart, Target and on GhostTunes, an online music sharing site he started as an alternative to iTunes. While at the press conference I got the opportunity to talk with The Recording Industry Association Of America’s top selling solo artist of the 20th century. Check out the exclusive interview below. #imallovertheplace
Recently I got a chance to sit down with J. Carter, the founder of one of the biggest music festivals in the Southeast, Atlanta’s One Music Fest. This Saturday, September 13th marks the 5 year anniversary of the progressive outdoor music festival and it’s expected to draw over 15,000 attendees. The 2014 OMF takes place at a new location – Aaron’s Ampitheatre At Lakewood. The show is headlined by Nas and includes performances from Kendrick Lamar, Jhene Aiko, Daley, Method Man & Redman, Amel Larrieux, Bilal, Alice Smith, Isaiah Rashad and Cody Chesnutt. There are only a few more days left to get tickets to this event so make sure you go to Onemusicfest.com to purchase tickets while there are still some available. After you purchase your tickets check out my interview with J. Carter below. In the interview he explains the concept of The One Music Fest, he names some of the festival highlights from previous years and he tells his vision of where he sees the music festival going in the future.
Check out my interview with J. Carter, the founder of One Music Fest below:
Check Out The Lineup For Each One Music Fest Stage:
Last night Vitamin Water and The Fader presented the Atlanta edition of their #Uncapped concert series. This concert series is a collaborative effort by both brands to support emerging artists, giving them a platform to showcase their talent their consumers. The show which was held at 200 Peachtree, kicked off with a live DJ set from DJ Diamond Kuts. The Internet which is one of my favorite new bands, warmed the crowd up for the ATL hit maker Future who Headlined the show. Special guests performances included Rae Sremmurd and B.o.B. Every bar in the venue was stocked with enough Vitamin Water to quench the thirst of the whole city of Decatur. Had a great time at the event!!! Big Shout out to Vitamin Water and The Fader for putting together such a dope event!!!
Check out an exclusive Video recap of Vitamin Water and The Fader ‘s ATL #Uncapped concert:
On Saturday, September 6, 2014, The National Black Arts Festival held it’s 2014 Legends Celebration at the Rialto Centre For The Arts at Georgia State University. Each year the National Black Arts Festival honors and recognizes influential African Americans who have made important artistic contributions in the areas of music, film, theatre, visual arts, and dance. This years honorees included: Wynton Marsalis (Music), Melvin Van Peebles (Film), Ntozake Shange (Theatre), Dr. Samella Lewis (Visual Arts) and Maurice Hines (Dance). The show featured a tribute from actress Anika Noni Rose, a special performance by The Manzari Brothers and an impressive Jazz set by saxaphonist Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio. This years edition of The Legends Celebration ended with a spectacular grand finale, a special performance by Wynton Marsalis and Marcus Belgrave.
Check out a few pics from the The 2014 National Black Arts Festival Legends Celebration:
DJ BLAK MAGIC And Melvin Van Peeples
For more information on the National Black Arts festival check out : NBAF.org
On Thurs., Jul. 31, 2014, DJ BLAK MAGIC teamed up with global superstar Usher to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his nonprofit organization, Usher’s New Look Foundation (UNLF), at the St. Regis Atlanta. His 501c3 initiative that encourages youth to find their passion and succeed in the areas of talent, career, education and service.
Hosted by hip hop artist/friend Ludacris, the hitmaking Grammy winner’s outreach program has impacted the lives of over 21,000 young people worldwide. UNLF has afforded kids the opportunity to shadow corporate executives, provide relief efforts to the less fortunate, lobby before Congress, conduct and receive Powered-By-Service (PBS) training internationally, register voters and participate in digital curriculum.
Program participants, along with actor Robert DeNiro and songstress Alicia Keys, delivered video presentations describing how UNLF impacted their lives. This season’s winner on NBC’s The Voice and member of Usher’s team, Josh Kaufman, gave a special musical performance.
Among this year’s honorees at UNLF’s Presidents Awards Luncheon include:
• Cory L. Nettles – Founder/Managing Director, Generation Growth Capital, Inc., and Counsel for Quarles & Brady, LLP (Servant Leadership Award);
• Kami Luigs – Executive for Citizenship & Volunteerism, GE Foundation (Youth Catalyst Award);
• Mary-Pat Hector – Activist (Global Youth Leadership Award);
• Jasmine Pollard – UNLF Mentor-In-Training (MIT) (Youth Achievement Award);
• Mayor Kasim Reed – City of Atlanta (Service Legacy Award);
• Shawn H. Wilson – Former UNLF President (Godfather Award)
Check out my video recap of the event:
Check out a few pics from Ushers New Look 15 Year Anniversary Luncheon:
*Photo Credit: Moses Robinson, Imed Patman and Joni Heart Photography
A couple of weeks ago Young Jeezy invited me and some of the hottest DJ’s in Atlanta to an exclusive listening session for his brand new single “Me Ok”. The Drama Boy produced single is the first single off of Jeezy’s upcoming fifth studio album “Seen It All”. The listening party, which was held over at Means Street Studios in downtown Atlanta, was a way for Young Jeezy to give back and show his support to all the DJ’s that have been supporting him over the years. Jeezy made sure the Avion bottles were pouring and he also treated us all to exclusive apparel from his clothing line “8732″. #DopeEvent
Check out a few pics from the event:
Big Shout out to Young Jeezy for the Co-sign:
Check out some behind the scenes footage of the listening party: