According to several confirmed reports, FreakNik is returning to ATL as a three-day music fest with more than 40 artists performing over the weekend.
From June 19-21, Freak World, a moniker dubbed from the legendary 90s festival FreakNik, will be held at the Cascade Driving Range in Southwest Atlanta.
Last summer, After 9, an Atlanta-based promo company, brought the festival back to life for a day at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, which featured premiere artists such as Project Pat, Foxy Brown, Uncle Luke, Da Brat and others to a nearly sold-out venue.
After 9 plans to bring more than 100 vendors nd 40-50 artists during the three-day event, which is expected to cap at about 10,000 fans each day.
Starting back in 1983 with only a few participants, but eventually grew to a cult event with hundreds of thousands of attendees within a decade. The Atlanta community became furious over the street parties and crime that occurred during the festival. Mayor Bill Campbell eventually stopped FreakNik. By 2010, Mayor Kasim Reed banned any activities related to FreakNik were ceased.
Trap History author A.R. Shaw discusses Gucci Mane’s rise to fame in “The Evolution of Gucci Mane,” episode 3 of the Trap History audio documentary that will be released on Tuesday, March 3 on Audible. The audio documentary is a companion piece to Shaw’s Trap History book, a compelling, thoroughly researched 300-page work that tells the story of the popular hip hop subgenre by describing the rise of the music as well as explaining the politics and sociology that fueled the sound.
In Shaw’s interview with producer Zaytoven, the Atlanta-based beatmaker who has also worked with Usher, Migos and Future, explains that the GRAMMY-nominated, platinum rapper with hit collaborations with the likes of Drake, Bruno Mars, and Selena Gomez, was not pursuing a rap career when they met in 2001. At the time, Gucci Mane was managing his nephew and took him to Zaytoven’s studio to record music.
“So Gucci came with a mutual friend and he brought his nephew. His nephew was trying to be a rapper,” Zaytoven says in an excerpt of the “Tap History” audio documentary. “Gucci was writing the songs for him. He was like, ‘Ah man, I want to get some beats. I’m trying to put my nephew on.’”
Zaytoven immediately noticed that Gucci was more than a manager. He was also a talented artist. “It went from him writing songs for his nephew,” Zaytoven says. “A lot of times, he had to go in there and say it so his nephew could see how he’s supposed to say it and rap it. And it just turned into me really just listening to him and listening to the words that he’s putting together like, ‘Man, you got it.’”
Very quickly, Gucci began changing his focus from manager to artist. “I didn’t see his nephew but what twice,” Zaytoven says. “After that, it was like it was Gucci recording. And we started building our relationship just like that. I’m making beats. I got the studio. He rapping the songs. I think he’s the dopest in the world. He thinks I’m the dopest in the world, and that’s it. We doing that everyday.” That same year, Gucci released his first project, Str8 Drop Records Presents Gucci ManeLe Flare on his label Str8 Drop Records.
The “Trap History” audio documentary also has chapter episodes on “T.I., Atlanta Culture and the Beginning of Trap Music” (Episode 1), “Is Jeezy’s ‘Trap or Die’ the Greatest Mixtape in Rap History?” (Episode 2) and “How Migos’ ‘Culture’ Album Changed the Culture of Trap Music” (Episode 4).
Already classified as a legend, North Carolina’s own Rapsody released visuals to her song Afeni ft. PJ Morton featuring a classic hip hop hook by the late Tupac. The Roc Nation-signed hard hitter is delivering once again from her album Eve which features songs all named after an influential black woman.
Known for her brilliant bars and moving messages, the natural born lyricist breaks down the relationships between the black man, black woman and child. In the captivating video we witness a young couple in love warp into a single black mother raising her son. Bringing us wisdom and tears simultaneously Rapsody is a true queen in hip hop speaking for a generation of those who go unheard.
[Chorus: 2Pac] Now since we all came from a woman Got our names from a woman and our game from a woman I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women Do we hate our women? Now since we all
[Verse 1: Rapsody] My brothers (My brothers)‚ I love you (I love you) I hate to know some of you treat us like Glover (Glover) Black card revoked‚ maybe you could use Discover (Discover) Define yourself, do you feel the same way ’bout your mother? (Mother) Do you overlook our beauty, but you lovin’ on all the others (Others) Hope you teach your daughters all to stay away from suckas Like yourself if you don’t love yourself I’m so Southern (Southern)‚ I was taught to feed the soul with or without hot ovens Here’s a plate, know your hate come from a black man struggle (Struggle) We all in the same shape, so I know I fit your puzzle (Puzzle) Either way‚ we got your back, we only pray you’ll be our muscle (Pray you’ll be our muscle) Strength in the times we all overcome with trouble Every day we pullin’ doubles for ourself and home (For ourself and home) My mom and daddy taught me, early on, protect your own (Protect your own) We never stopped lovin’ you, so turn your love back on (Your love back on) And I pray you feel the same way as that 2Pac song We ain’t your hoes or your bitches, trophies, or meant for pimpin’ Recognize a gift from God outweighs a birthday or a Christmas To protect our lives, you gon’ take it to the limit? (You gon’ take it to the limit?) Rib of my rib, do you still feel us in ya
Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, sat down with MSNBC’s Ari Melber to discuss his newest studio recording of yasiin bey: Negus, which is only offered offline. The Brooklyn rapper decided to create a fine art experience fused with hip hop curated at The Brooklyn Museum—not Spotify, Apple or any other streaming platform.
Negus, the exhibition acknowledges the importance of hip-hop as a fundamental American art form by making the 8-track, 28-minute recording available without the distractions of technology (upon entering the gallery, visitors are given a case in which to lock their mobile devices). In addition to Negus, the exhibition includes artworks by Ala Ebtekar, Julie Mehretu, and José Parlá created in collaboration with bey, as well as original music by celebrated pianist by Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou.
Negus (pronounced nuh-goose) takes its name from the word for “king” or “ruler” in Ge` ez, one of the ancient Semitic languages of Ethiopia. bey associates the term with Prince Alämayyähu Tewodros and others who have led noble lives, including Henrietta Lacks and Nipsey Hussle.
Bey reveals, “My proposal is that art is not just a fine art, it’s not limited or restricted solely to what you can hang on the wall, it includes music as well. I had a strong feeling it needed to be a more dynamic experience than downloading it from an advice…”
Watch the interview below and CLICK HERE to get tickets to Yasiin Bey’s newest creative installment to hip hop.
For the past week, Cardi B has been the talk all over West Africa. In the grand countries of Nigeria and Ghana that is. Last weekend, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper made her first trip to the African continent to perform at the 1st annual LiveSpot X Music Festival. Her visit became the talk of the region the moment she boarded the plane to Nigeria and landed in the Murtala Muhammed International Airport located in the country’s largest city, Lagos on Friday, (Dec. 6).
Cardi did her due diligence and utilize social media as a tool to document her visit. The first stop was Nigeria. She stopped by one of Nigeria’s top-rated hit music stations, Cool FM and sat down with radio personalities N6 and Taymi B for a rather relaxing conversation about her life as an international superstar. It was at Cool FM where hosts Taymi B and N6 gave Cardi’s daughter Kulture, an honorary Nigerian name of Yoruba tribal descent, Ayomide which, according to Taymi B, means “my joy has come.”
Before her arrival, she adopted her own Nigerian name, another Yoruba name, Chioma B. She found inspiration of the name from Chioma Avril Rowland, the girlfriend of Afrobeats star Davido whom she has already collaborated with on his song “Fall.” It is safe to say, Cardi B has officially become an honorary Nigerian.
Following her interview with Cool FM, Cardi B attended her scheduled meet and greet at Eko Hotel, where she met with several Nigerian celebrities and fans, including Ghanaian Nollywood and Ghallywood actress, Juliet Ibrahim, who happened to be in Nigeria at the time. The actress shared the moment on Instagram mentioning how Cardi B joked about how they looked alike.
“She said we look alike oo. Make una judge the matter…lol,” Ibrahim captioned.
On Friday night, Cardi B got the chance to experience the exclusive and lavish nightlife of Lagos. Cardi was spotted at a popular Lagos strip club making it rain on the lively strippers with Naira notes (Nigerian currency) the once exotic dancer described as being “lit” and “smelling good.” Davido managed to gift her with bottles of champagne to welcome her to Nigeria from aboard, as he was not in Nigeria during Cardi’s visit but Cardi received the love.
“My brother @davidoofficial thanks for the champagne even tho I drink beer”
She shared videos of the quirky lap dances she received that night on her Instagram stories and later admitted she even wanted to go back.
After painting the town of Lagos, the following day (Dec.7), Cardi B made way to see a true piece of rural Nigeria. According to Legit NG, she made a stop at the Ebeano Supermarket in Lekki and purchased millions of dollars worth of children based items of need. After the spree, she visited The Lion’s Village, an orphanage in the city of Lekki for motherless babies and showered the children with worthy gifts. This was the highlight of Cardi B’s trip to Africa, as it reflects her charitable side and profound love for the country. She shared the moment on Instagram with a heartfelt caption.
“Gotta thank the ladies and the gentlemen that nurtured these kids that need just a little bit of more love and protection and gear them up for a better place, destiny and future.People like YALL MATTER !”
Cardi B finally made history that night as she embarked on her first performance in the African continent at the Eko Atlantic. Dressed in a signature green and white ensemble emulating the Nigerian flag, Cardi performed a slew of her hits severing the Nigerian audience with a lingering electrifying appeal. She was joined by Nigerian superstars Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, and Zlatan as the headliner and ultimately made her mark in the beloved country.
In the company of Executive Director of Nigerian hospitality group, Cubana Group, and Naija influencer, Cubana ChiefPriest, Cardi B spent her last night in Nigeria partying with her fellow LiveSpot X headliners and other Naija celebrities.
Later, slated as the “Queen of Rap” by several Nigerian media outlets, including, African Glitz own Noellin, Cardi B made a tremendous mark in the respective country and has achieved a profound level of regard by Nigerian fans.
Cardi made her way to Ghana on Sunday (Dec. 8) for the Ghanaian portion of her headliner gig and was only in the cocoa-rich country for less than 24 hours. While it appears Cardi enjoyed the beauty of Ghana, her experience did not live up to her time in Nigeria.
Hours after her arrival, several Ghanaian celebrities including comedian Afia Schwarzenegger and Mona Montrage started to express their dissatisfaction with Cardi B on social media. According to the concerned Ghanaian celebs, Cardi B was scheduled to attend a meet and greet with Ghanaian celebrities moments after her arrival and ended up being a no-show. Afia “turned up” the most and took to Instagram to blast the Grammy Award winner for making her wait 7 hours to met her.
“I will NOT wait 4 hrs for Jesus….I wont do that for @iamcardib The cheap so called Celebrities are still waiting for their fellow human being till 8:40pm Whiles madam is on some coke n khebab”
After finding out about the backlash, Cardi clarified that she was not even aware of the meet and greet and saw some Ghanaian celebrities as she sat poolside eating a kebab at her hotel but no one approached her.
Cardi humbly apologized to Afia, and the two eventually hugged it out. The Ghanaian meet and greet eventually happened right before her performance taking place at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra. Ghanaian celebrities in the likes of actress Akuapem Poloo and singer Becca were the few celebrities in attendance.
Moments after the meet and greet it was time for Cardi’s second performance in Africa at the Accra Sports Stadium. According to African Glitz TV, several of the booked Ghanaian acts that were scheduled to perform before Cardi either were heavily late or did not show up. Ghanaian music stars Sarkodie and Shatta Wale were among the no shows. The eager crowd eventually became impatient and some audience members reacted by booing and throwing a league of plastic bottles towards the stage. Out of urgency to calm down the raging crowd, the organizers of LiveSpot decided to bring out Cardi B for an earlier than anticipated performance.
Cardi B immediately switched the arena to a legitimate hip-hop frenzy as she took the stage rocking the colors of Ghana, red, yellow, and green. This performance was nothing more of Cardi B at her purest without even trying, not to be. The mishaps that lead up to her performance did not hold the once angry crowd back from grooving along.
Cardi B’s trip to Africa is one for the books. It even caused some friendly tension between Nigerians and Ghanaians, which is a character result of the essentially seasoned friendly competition between the two countries. Using social media to share her experience, in ties with her infectious personality, Cardi potentially unearthed Nigeria’s steady-to-boom tourist scene, especially as she shocked a few viewers with Lagos’ lavish nightlife. For hip-hop culture, this is a win.
Watch Cardi B’s full LiveSpot X Festival performance in Nigeria captured by Legit TV:
Today in Hip Hop History, Dr. Dre released his solo debut album The Chronic on December 15, 1992 solidifying himself as a solo superstar.
The debut studio album by former N.W.A. group member and recording artist Dr. Dre was released on December 15, 1992, by his own record label Death Row Records and distributed by Interscope Records. “Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang”, “Fuck wit Dre Day” and “Let Me Ride”became ten Billboard singles and instant hip hop classics receiving heavy radio and TV rotation. Showcasing hard-hitting drums fused with gangsta beast, Dr. Dre added another notch to his production belt and became a huge force to reckon in the industry.
As a teenage girl I remember the shift that happened when this album came out. I was instantly drawn to the potty-mouthed, lyrical gangsta hailing from the west coast. I remember writing down the lyrics to ‘Ain’t No Fun’ and being amazed at the poetic charm of Snoop.Dogg and the Dogg Pound. As he continued to flourish into the burgeoning mogul he’s become today, Dr. Dre taught us that you can start all over when you focus on talent.
Salute to this classic album as we go back in time and celebrate The Chronic.
86-year-old Legendary actor Danny Aiello passed away Thursday after a battle with an unknown illness. He broke into acting when he was just 37-years-old and had an extraordinary career with much success. The New York native was never formally trained to act and he insists he learned to act from living in the Big Apple–New York City.
His 50-year stage and screen career included memorable roles as ‘Sal’ in the classic “Do the Right Thing”— which he received an Oscar Nomination “Moonstruck”, “Harlem Nights” and “The Godfather Part II.
Aiello was an inspiration to us all to continue following our dreams. He started out working in the union as a bus driver and realized he had a knack for public speaking. Following his role alongside Spike Lee, he broke out at the age of 40 starring in the movie Moonstruck.
Aiello has had a long extensive career playing over 90 iconic roles. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sandy Aiello and his three children. He will be missed.
It feels like it just ended, but the festival season is right around the corner. With announcements coming from left and right, like the Dreamville festival, Pharrell’s Something in the Water festival is reloaded for a second year at Virginia Beach.
Something in the Water 2020 has a ton of dope artists on the line-up but allow us to direct your eyes to the third line, second name, Clipse. Yes, that Clipse. As in Pusha-T and Malice (or No Malice), Clipse. Now let your excitement out.