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The 2023 Black Impact Podcast Festival has been launched by Charlamagne Tha God and iHeartMedia to honor, elevate, and amplify Black voices in the podcasting community. The event will be held at Atlanta, Georgia’s Pullman Yards, on Saturday, April 22, from noon to 8 p.m. EST. Charlamagne Tha God will attend the festival together with some of the most well-known figures from the Black Effect for a day packed with enlightening panel talks and live podcast tapings geared for budding podcasters in the Black community. Charlamagne Tha God and comedian Jess Hilarious, host of Carefully Reckless, will serve as the festival’s hosts.
The Black Effect’s most popular shows, such as The 85 South Show, WHOREible Decisions, Big Facts, and a unique joint taping of Reasonably Shady and Checking In With Michelle Williams, will all have live podcast tapings at the festival. The Business of Podcasting Panel and Women in Podcasting Panel, both of which are part of the event, will feature Black Effect Podcast Network hosts Chad Oubre (“85 South Show”), Coline Witt (“Eating While Broke”), Jess Hilarious (“Carefully Reckless” and event co-host), Tamika Mallory (“Street Politicians”), Tezlyn Figaro (“Straight Shot No Chaser”), and others, will also feature thought-provoking and educational discussions.
“In 2023, Black creators are at the forefront of a movement reverberating across today’s cultural landscape, and we’re excited to bring this to life for the community at The Black Effect Podcast Festival in Atlanta this spring,” said Charlamagne Tha God. “With this festival we want to inspire and uplift new and aspiring podcasters while also showcasing the incredible voices on The Black Effect Podcast Network.”
For Black creators looking to have their voices heard in the podcast industry, the Black Effect Podcast Network is the go-to venue. The most powerful and dependable voices in black culture are brought together for illuminating discussions on topics such as social justice, pop culture, sports, mental health, news, comedy, and more. Founded in September 2020, the Charlamagne Tha God-curated Black Impact Podcast Network has since premiered 29 shows with a stellar lineup of marquee talent and culture-changing voices dedicated to illuminating, educating, and entertaining viewers.
Sponsors of the Black Impact Podcast Festival will be present at the occasion with entertaining activations for guests. The festival will also have DJ Loui Vee from iHeartMedia Atlanta as well as a number of other activities like a pop-up market displaying goods from Black-owned businesses, a family game room and gaming tournament sponsored by The Trap Nerds, a picture booth, a career area, and more.
Black Effect Podcast Festival partners include AT&T, Molson Coors, Nissan and State Farm. Fans can visit blackeffect.com/podcastfestival beginning Wednesday, March 1 at 12 p.m. EST to purchase tickets.
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While Riggins’ contributions to the genre of jazz are impressive to say the least, working with the greats such as Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Donald Byrd, and Ron Carter, we definitely can’t overlook his work within the Hip-Hop space. The 47-year-old is best known for his tenure as Common’s bandleader, who actually was the one who introduced him to J Dilla in the first place. Soon after, Riggins and J Dilla would collaborate on critically-acclaimed albums such as Welcome to Detroit and The Shining.
One thing about Riggins, he is an originator. Spanning the genres of old funk, soul, and jazz, Riggins makes and plays the type of breaks that Hip-Hop producers have been sampling off since the genre was birthed.
Fast forward to today, Riggins is excited as ever to unveil his new mini-documentary, Behind The Sleeves, produced by Native Instruments. Together, they created a new digital instrument, as Riggins continues to intentionally inspire the next generation of producers.
The Source spoke with Karriem Riggins via Zoom, who was enjoying the 80 degree weather in Atlanta. Read below as we discusshis relationship with Common, meeting J Dilla, being a fan of J Dilla already, creating a new instrument with Native Instruments, Steve Lacy reaching out, and more!
For those who don’t know, who is Karriem Riggins?
I’m a music-lover, producer, drummer, DJ, and a father. From Detroit, Michigan. My passion for music, it runs deep. I’m a real true creative, and an advocate of just being creative.
How did you end up becoming the bandleader for Common?
I met Common in 1995, went to the jazz showcase. I played for Roy Hargrove for a lot of years, and Common came to the jazz showcase to hear our band. That’s when we connected. I had already heard Resurrection and Can I Borrow a Dollar? I was already a fan, so we stayed in contact. When he was working on One Day It’ll All Make Sense, is when we started to really connect on music. He wanted to start a live band, so that was perfect.
What does it mean to work with such a legend in Hip Hop?
I’m very grateful to be able to work with an artist like him. Being close with Common taught me what MCs need, when buying beats. It taught me how to tailor and make beats for certain people. And he picks — he’s hard. I make 100 beats, and he may pick one. [laughs] It taught me to really go hard to, to really try to artistically fit whatever I’m working on with the artist.
Man, that was an incredible moment. Because when I met Dilla, I had already heard his music. Once I met him, I had already heard the frequencies that he was using. To be in the basement at that time, he had a cassette player and two small speakers. All of that music was made on that small setup, I was amazed. It just inspired me.
I passed him my number and we stayed in contact. He called me when he was working on Slum Village’s Fantastic, Vol. 2. I went to the studio and that’s the song, “2 U 4 U,” that he passed me a cassette of in the studio. He said “I want you to play drums on this.” I went to the car, learned it. Went back in studio, and I did one take. He didn’t let me do another take. That was it. [laughs] That was our first musical collaboration.
What makes him extremely specialist is you hear his ear. You can tell that he’s a real music-lover. He’s not someone that just listens to records for loops, he really listens to learn. So I consider him more of a musician than just a producer. Because he has a real heavy respect for the art form.
When you and J Dilla are together in the studio, what is the synergy between you guys?
He reminds me of a jazz musician, like that one take. A lot of people want to do 100 takes to get it to where they feel like it should go, but he made that work from that one take. We got so many ideas done being in the studio together because we did so many back to back little one offs, then it turned into an album.
Do you miss cassettes?
I do. I still use them to this day. I’ll go record my drums. My drums are recorded to 2 inch tapes. Then from 2 inch, I go to cassette. A lot of the stuff, you hear my drums. You might hear the hiss and everything, it’s on cassettes.
Is there a best memory from The Shining, and that whole process?
I’d pick him up when we had the sessions, and we’d ride to — he’d have a CD of new beats every time I got in the car. One of those CDs, he was shopping Donuts. Donuts was at the time, a B-side CD that he was giving to different artists. Shopping. Listening to that, it blew my mind. I was in heaven, riding to the studio every day. Listening to new stuff like that.
Yes, this Play series is called Karriem Riggins Drums. I was contacted by Justin Adams from Native Instruments, my good friend. He put it all together. A lot of the ideas I had, sometimes I think there’s so far left. He made it happen. He said “whatever you want to do, we can make it happen.” They went above and beyond, actually exceeded my expectations with how it works.
Hip Hop celebrates 50 years this year. What does Hip Hop mean to you?
Hip-Hop means everything. This is the rhythm that I have, everything that inspires me. From the beginning, my first 45 was Fat Boys “Stick ‘Em.” That was the beginning of Hip-Hop for me, how they were innovative with beatboxing on the mic and using the effects. You can make anything dope in Hip-Hop, it’s about being creative. That’s me, that’s who I am.
Do you have a Top 5?
No, I don’t. I can’t give you a Top 5, but I can give you some people that I really, really love and who inspire me. Dilla, Pete Rock, Madlib, Kaytranada, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes. Gregory Hutchinson is an incredible drummer who helped me out in my career. When I was in high school, he was a major influence on me and helped me connect to Betty Carter. That’s what sent me to New York, working with Betty car through Gregory Hutchinson. Those are some of my favorites.
What did it mean to have Steve Lacy reach out to you? That’s pretty legendary.
Man, that dude is really incredible. That’s the confirmation that music is gonna be here forever. Because the soul that he has, is an old soul, but he’s also bringing future in it. That inspires me a whole lot, just to want to work with someone like that. To hear what he did to my drums also, that blew my mind to hear that much soul in those drums. He’s an incredible artist.
Really this Play series, I want to hear what people are making. I’m going to send a message out to the world that I want to hear beats. I want people to send me the music that they’re making with Karriem Riggins Drums. Because we put a lot of hard work into it, it’s just a blessing to hear it back. Keep recycling the energy, gives me energy and inspiration when I hear that. That’s what I’m excited for.
Anything else you want the people to know?
Just to spread love. Through the music, spread love and light.
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This year make sure to catch Viva Mescal headlining alongside Coyote for their 5th Lighter Fluid event! Also performing The Crudes, Zoerene, Arquitekto, Verbal, Crazy Pip3, Steph Simon, IKE, DJ Survive along with their 86 INVITATIONAL 16BAR COMPETITION!!! Tickets available on EVENTBRITE.COM & on their website lighterfluidla.com.
LF5 – Hip Hop Conference + Showcase Saturday March 4th in the LA Arts District 7pm at LOKELS CAFE 2010 East 7Th Street
Lighter Fluid is back! After a successful 2022 campaign featuring LA Hip-Hop’s best and brightest talent such as Gavlyn, Speak, Nuglife, Hazerd & so many more – we are excited to announce the return of the showcase along with new additions to our format!
The Conference: Meet artists, producers and entrepreneurs like yourself in our exclusive MIXER – featuring a special 1 on 1 Interview with Westcoast Hip-Hop Pioneer & Podcast Host Tony A. of Roadium Radio!
The Showcase: After the Gems are dropped – We will do what we all love! And thats kill the Mic! Our line-ups featuring the dopest in the city and around the world!
86 Invitational: Want to perform at one of our showcases!? There’s one guaranteed way to get your spot on a line up and thats winning the 16 bar competition! Sign up today to secure your spot! Best 16 bars wins it all!
Followed by DJs in the Mix to enjoy the rest of an amazing night under the LA Stars!
Lighter Fluid continues to feed the fire and keep the culture going strong.
Lighter Fluid Conference + Showcase is an event that started in Los Angeles by EOTR and 86inka in 2022 that celebrates the rich history of Latino contributions to the hip hop genre and provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to showcase their talent. Founded in a city that is a hub for music and culture, we believe that this event has the potential to bring together a diverse group of people and promote a positive and inclusive message. We believe in curating the best music and networking experience possible. Our goal is to spark a fire in the scene and provide a space for new and exciting talent to shine. Can’t pay to be on this line up.
J. Cole and Dreamville have announced the full lineup for the 2023 Dreamville Festival. The event is set for April 1-2. Usher will headline Saturday and Burna Boy will headline Sunday. Sunday will also feature a main stage special performance by J.Cole, bringing in Drake as a special guest to close out the main stage. J. Cole and Drake will perform a medley of hits from their catalogs. Two-day tickets on sale now at www.DreamvilleFest.com.
Additional performers during the festival include Summer Walker, Lil Durk, City Girls, Jessie Reyez, GloRilla, and the entire Dreamville Records roster with Ari Lennox, J.I.D, EARTHGANG, Bas, Cozz, Lute, and Omen.
Dreamville Festival will once more provide fans from around the world with a weekend celebration that is curated by J. Cole and includes a variety of local vendors, food trucks, artisans, and community organizations from the greater Triangle area, with a continued emphasis on community, diversity, and inclusivity. Next April, festival-goers can look forward to exploring the iconic Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh’s largest city park, and taking in outstanding musical performances from some of Cole’s personal favorite musicians and collaborators who will fly in from all over the world to play in his native North Carolina.
80,000 people from all over the world, including visitors from all 50 U.S. states and more than a dozen foreign nations, were welcomed by the event’s organizers last spring. They provided them with a range of family-friendly activities as well as local vendors, food trucks, and artisans from the greater Triangle area. Dreamville Festival 2022 has grown to be one of the biggest and most well-known artist-led music events in existence today, with a total economic effect of more than $6.7 million on the neighborhood of Raleigh and Wake County.