On Thursday night (Feb. 20), Def Jam, Maybach Music Group, and Tree Sound Studios (in Atlanta) hosted a private listening session for Mastermind. As expected, Rick Ross was in the building to present the album, which is less than 11 days away from its official release date (March 4). The place was packed with industry veterans, DJs, media, and tastemakers all under one roof to listen to Mastermind in its entirety before it goes public.
Celebrities and socialites including Trae the Truth, Lil Wayne, Tracy T, T-Pain, Terri Vaughn, Traci Braxton and her hubby Gabe, Big Tigger, DJ Drama, R.L. from Next, Mr. Ruggs, Blue Davinci and many others were also there in support of Ross’s new project.
Mali Hunter, a very well-respected industry vet and official hostess for the evening, and her Tree Sounds family laid out the red carpet for all of the guests. A delicious southern meal was prepared for everyone, which included fried chicken, green beans, collards, mac-n-cheese, pulled pork/chicken, and much more. Bellaire Rose, Ciroc, and Hennessey flowed through out the evening as well. As always, everyone felt comforted and excited about the new music that was coming.
As for Mastermind, let’s just say…Rick Ross may surprise a few with this new album. The level of continuity, concept, production and lyricism has remained the same, yet it has upgraded possibly due to his maturity in the game and as a man. The album, as a whole, is one that will be well-liked by hip hop heads. It is well-thought out. Tracks aren’t obviously thrown together, as many rap albums we’ve heard in the last 10 years. Mastermind stays true to Ross’s ability to bring imagination and truth together and make us all concisely visualize (and sonically hear) every aspect of his album.
To start, we all were greeted by Rick Ross and given a brief acknowledgement of gratitude for being in attendance to listen to his project. He gave the city of Atlanta and its industry experts major props, which was only right given the fact that he recently purchased Evander Holyfield’s sprawling estate and is now a local resident.
Within seconds, a video montage of photos (vintage to more recent) began to transition alongside each track off the album. The photos chosen were spot-on in that they helped all of us put each song into perspective. There are 12-tracks on Mastermind, including two bonus tracks. The entire album is one for your CD player or iPod. It is definitely “riding” music that you can play non-stop without getting frustrated by wack tracks or corny interludes.
But, based on the tracklist and my listening ear, below are my thoughts on a few stand-outs:
Track 1: Intro
Track 2: Rich Is Gangasta
Track 3: Drug Dealers Dream – takes you back to the 1980s/90′s drug wars; lyrically making us aware of the luxuries (and pitfalls) of being in the game.
Track 4: Shots Fired
Track 5: Nobody – the song pays homage to the late Notorious B.I.G., which many says Ross personifies in his swag and effortlessly rap style. The production goes as far as to sample B.I.G’s original recording and words “You’re nobody until somebody kills you”. This was definitely one that many fans will gravitate to.
Track 6: The Devil Is A Lie feat. Jay Z
Track 7: Mafia Music III feat. Sizzla & Mavado – Ross’s Miami roots, I’m sure, paid a part in his decision to record this joint. Sizzla and Mavado both do their part for that Jamican/Caribbean authenticity. I loved it. But, many people aren’t fans of reggae music. So, this may only be on the tracklist for diversity purposes.
Track 8: War Ready feat. Jeezy – We all know Jeezy murked this track. #Facts
Track 9: What A Shame
Track 10: Supreme
Track 11: Blk & Wht – This will be one of those joints that the D-Boys will gravitate to, for sure.
Track 12: Dope Bitch Skit – My initial thought about the skit was that it would have been funnier – or more impactful – if it wasn’t so long. It took up too much time for no reason at all.
Track 13: In Vein feat. The Weeknd – Decent song for the ladies.
Track 14: Sanctified feat. Kanye West & Big Sean- Kanye West went IN on this track! The production is absolutely crazy. Big Sean added a little extra flavor to it as well.
Track 15: Walkin On Air feat. Meek Mill
Track 16: Thug Cry feat. Lil Wayne
Bonus Tracks: The room did not get to hear the bonus tracks. Bummer… :-(
Track 17: Blessing In Disguise feat. Scarface & Z-Ro
Track 18: Paradise Lost
Track 19: You Know I Got It (Reprise)
My concern with the album is its ability to produce radio singles. I didn’t hear any except “Devil Is A Lie”, which has hit radio already. The only other joint that has any “single” potential is the Kanye West joint, “Sanctified”. But that’s only because of Kanye’s crossover status and Big Sean’s commercial-friendly voice. However, who knows. We’ve seen wilder things happen in music.
The other issue with Mastermind is Ross’s lyrical content. Of course, it’s a great business move to shout out your Wing Stop favorites (lemon-pepper wings) and alcohol brand. But, we heard it way too many times in the same context. Maybe if Ross figured out another catchy way to plug his brands, then it won’t seem over-done.
Lastly, he’s built this persona around himself as a BOSS – acknowledging the drug game, the “rich ni**a lifestyle, etc. However, it’s his sixth album and the perfect time to start talking about other things – more meaningful topics. Ross is a veteran at this point. It’s time to mature up – not only through his ability to produce a solid album – but mature through discussion topics as well. Although, he does deserve credit for telling the kids to “get an education” at the end of track 11, “Blk & Wht”. I appreciate Ross for that.
Mastermind drops March 4.
On Friday, December 27, Jay Z’s #MagnaCarta tour stop in the ATL. The city has been waiting for this concert for months. The notion of the King of NY [this title continues to be disputed] down in the Black Mecca of the South initiates only one thing…a night of partying of EPIC proportions.
The concert was held at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta. Although the tickets stated that the concert would start at 8pm, that didn’t happen. One of my besties and I sat around for at least a hour and a half waiting. This is one reason why I rarely do concerts. They NEVER start on time! But being that it was the Jigga man (and my girlfriends birthday), I just sat back in my chair and people watched until the show begun.
Another thing, this was the first time I’ve ever sat in floor seats at the arena. Now, I see why. I’m only 5 foot 4 inches. My short stature definitely made it difficult for me to see the stage. Luckily, I was able to stand in the aisle for a minute to record a 15 second video for Instagram and snap a few pics. However, we were still sitting too far back for my short a**.
Jay Z performed most of his hits from the album and a few from past albums (“Reasonable Doubt”, “Blueprint”, etc). What captured me most about the MC is that he’s not allowing age kill his swag. As a 44 year old, Shawn Carter looks damn good! And he still move about the stage with pep in his step. I was kind of shocked. Some older artists you see on television look all good. But when you see them in a live performance, they look like they can barely walk. So I applaud Jay Z for keeping his stamina up and health in great shape.
During the intermission, Timbaland showcased his beat boxing and production skills for the packed arena. Timbo is one of the most talented producers in music. He’s worked with damn near everybody in the business. For the past year or two, I know he’s been solely working on both Jay Z and Beyonce’s project as well as Justin Timberlake. It was a different added touch to your standard concert intermission. Instead of taking a bathroom or concession stand break, Timberland keep the partying going by spinning some of his most notable hits. The Aliyah, Missy Elliott, and Ginuwine throwback tunes brought back memories.
My bestie and I paid $150 (plus tax and fees) for our seats on the floor. For that amount money, I didn’t mind paying it to see a living legend in hip hop. However, I didn’t quite understand why I would pay that much to see one person…a RAPPER at that. Most rappers don’t come with stage presence. They don’t have background dancers. They don’t come with a bunch of Vegas-style stage props with lights and wild animals. Honestly, Kanye West is probably one of the only rappers who use mutli-million dollar stage props. And now I’m wishing I went to Ye’s concert at the beginning of December. Uuggh.
As such, I was disappointed at Jay for not giving us ATLiens a little extra pizzazz. With all the artists that live in Atlanta, he didn’t have any surprise guest(s). No nothing. To me, this made the show a bit lackluster. We were expecting maybe Beyonce (since she was in the city with him), Young Jeezy, or T.I.. Hell…somebody! Unfortunately, the audience got nothing but old Jigga man.
Unless, there are other artists on the bill next time, I probably won’t see him in concert again. I love Jay Z. But, I’m also a person who likes to get a “bang for her buck.” Money don’t fall off trees around my way. I work hard for every dime I got. So, to feel like I spent it frivolously, makes me feel some type of way.
And like Future says, “I’m just being honest.”
December 6th, 2013
As I strolled into the venue extra early (before most people), I peeped the inside of the venue. Rose Bar is big enough to have a chill event like this. With enough space to fit a few people, but not too big so the situation becomes overwhelming. The bar is for events. Comfy seating and serene candles lit up the place to make it seem subdued. I must say that Rose Bar can feel relaxed when necessary.
Once the people started coming through, I began to notice familiar ATL musical players and mainstays. Gorilla Zoe rolled through in his black attire and iced out chain. TJ of TJ’s DJs made his rounds. And we would all expect Playboy Tre and Scotty ATL to show up on the scene. As time progressed, it was sizing up to be a noble night for ATL hip hop.
Even more interesting is how people presented themselves. Many of the patrons were smartphone/camera ready for the sake of social media patronizing. Between the plethora of Lebrons, Oreo Jordans, meggings (men leggings) and sagging pants with name brand belt buckles, you had people actually enjoying themselves. Then again, it would be pretty hard to not have at least a decent night when there was an open bar. Eventually, the marijuana smoke hit the air and it was going to be a musical night. This all made way for the grand entrance of B.O.B himself.
As soon as B.O.B stepped into the place, there was no time wasted on greeting the man of the hour. As I took pictures for people, spilling some of my cranberry-and-vodka down my sleeve in the process, I noticed that most people showed nothing but love. Even the scantly clad-body-paint women were in great spirits. After working the rounds in the bar, B.O.B began announcing his assortment of songs for his upcoming album (Underground Luxury).
From what was given, many will see that B.O.B is more concerned about “making good music”:
- “All I Want” – this track seemed to have plenty of integrity to it. Yet, it is meant to be a “true to materialism” type of song. More than anything, you will get to hear his voice recorded.
- “One Day” – with B.O.B behind the boards and DJ Toomp providing the drums, the man formally known as Bobby Ray reminisces on his days of being raised. Candler Road has helped make his personality. Now, he just needs to find that balance.
- The Future assisted “Ready” smells like a club banger.
- “Back Me Up” – pretty hard track. That is all I need to say about it.
- “Wide Open” – This track is something for the ladies. And if anyone wonders anything, they should rest assured that the ladies love this particular song.
- “Cranberry Mohawk” – as dreamy as the soundscapes became on this song, they lyrics by Bobby were still raw.
Regardless of the amazement of people seeing Wiz Khalifa in his Pyrex gear, it can be said that B.O.B wants to show the world his efficiency. Many times in the past, B.O.B had to worry about making a “balanced album” still close to his mixtape roots. After the first two major releases, there has been an industry concern of Bobby keeping it “Decatur” and not being so “pop friendly”. What B.O.B worked to do was have an album that is honest, street wise, and hard hitting all in one. For the most part, Underground Luxury will be just fine.
More photos can be found on STACKS Magazine’s Facebook page!
Special thanks to TJ Chapman’s team for the invite!
Mike Will Made-It Put On for ATL w/ T.I., Jeezy, Project Pat, 2 Chainz, Trinidad & More [PHOTOS & VIDEO]
The city of Atlanta was in for a treat on Monday night. Local producer extrodanaire Mike Will Made-It, held a live concert boasting some of the biggest names in rap music. The event was held at Terminal West and we heard the place was packed out. For the past week or so, the event was being marketed without listing Mike Will’s “special guests”. With the laundry list of hits the young producer has, it was no surprised when certain celebrities hit the stage.
Performances were given by T.I., Jeezy, Project Pat, 2 Chainz, Trinidad James, Migos, Johnny Cinco, Pastor Troy, Cyhi The Prynce, Been Trill Boyz, and Two 9. Also, Mike Will introduced the brain behind the Pyrex and Been Trill clothing lines, Virgil Abloh.
For more photos and concert footage, visit ATLNightSpots.com!
Over the weekend, rapper Yo Gotti stopped through Atlanta for an album signing and club appearance. As you know, his first studio album “I AM” is currently in-stores and Yo Gotti has been on the road for months promoting the project.
This Saturday, November 29, he stopped through DBS Sounds (in Riverdale) to greet the fans and show love. STACKS Magazine was onsite to capture the moment as the Memphis-native autographed copies of the album and took pictures with his supporters. Here’s a few pics from the in-store:
The in-store was hosted by Streetz 94.5FM.
What would you call an awesome three-some? Eve, Lil Kim, and Tiffany Foxx.
The three rap goddesses hit the stage on November 22, in London, to give the English fans some of that American flavor. The trio showcased their talents and old and new material. As you know, Eve dropped her long-awaited album Lip Lock. She’s been on the road ever since in order to promo the project alot of her American fans overlooked. The pitbull in a skirt definitely still have skills. So, you’ll need to go cop that.
The Queen B, Lil Kim has been hyping up her upcoming mixtape Hardcore 2.0. It is supposed to be released today. We can’t wait to hear what she has in store for us ride or die chicks who’s been holding it down for the New York native since Junior Mafia.
Tiffany Foxx, a protege’ to Lil Kim, is a St. Louis native but has enough sophistication and street to rock with two legends. Foxx’s blond bombshell and thick stature immediately grabs your attention. But, when she spits, it’s like a whole other wave of shock takes over. We’re sure it was a pleasure to grace the stage wit these two rap veterans. Fans are anticipating what Tiffany Foxx has up next.
Today, Foxx is celebrating her birthday in St. Louis with an old school 90′s party. If you’re in the St. Louis area, you may not want to miss this!
Here are a few performances from the London show:
I don’t know what others have to say, but I am still getting used to the idea of all this “movement” between venues. When I first started frequenting the A3C, everything (and I mean everything) was in ONE area. Nowadays, you have to drive around here and there, hope that you can find parking, and make sure that you are at the right spot. It can be a hassle. In short, attending the A3C has become more work than usual. That still doesn’t keep the festival from being as entertaining as possible. It is just that you are torn between travelling around the city to see as much as possible and staying in one spot for most of your day.
Thus, I picked the Variety Playhouse for my first night. And I must say that I am glad that I made that choice.
Rockness Monstah: for anyone looking for that rap that hearkens back into the “95 Era” of things, then you missed a treat. Rock held nothing back when he hit the stage. The majority of the crowd was more than happy to peep him do his thing on the stage.
Skyzoo: forever the agile wordsmith, Sky did nothing short of go through some hits that all his fans were familiar with. Plus, when he hit us off with that Range Rover Rhythm, I knew it was over from there. Oh, and please believe that other performed tracks were just as potent. Adding a live horn player to the mix and you have something more acoustic than ever. But you will see in the videos.
Jean Grae: I personally think she should become a comedienne. However, since her rap demand still remains strong, I can understand her desire to perform for hip hop crowds. She was either cracking jokes or coming with dope rhymes. Peep the video to see what I am talking about.
Bonus: Pharoahe Monch!!!
With all of this said, the Variety Playhouse had some acts for you to enjoy. That is, unless you weren’t an “underground hip hop head”. Then you probably thought they sucked. Otherwise, I would suggest that you watch the videos and peep out whatever it is you missed out on.
To see more video footage of this Variety Playhouse showcase, visit (and subscribe to) the STACKS Magazine YouTube channel HERE!
For the 3rd year in a row, the city of Atlanta hosted a local talent showcase in the city’s Woodruff Park. The hip hop festival coincided with the annual BET Hip Hop Awards show. The festival gives underground artists the opportunity to get their shine on.
This year, What’s Goin On TV captured the event which included shout outs from radio personality Red Dredd, rapper 4-Ize, and Sean Teezy. Also, there were a performance by rapper Yung Tone and a hilarious freestyle battle between rappers Duval and a little kid name King Roscoe.
Check it out…
Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Flo Rida & More Join ‘iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2013′ Tour [Full Schedule]
The Clear Channel Media group, the leading media group in America, will celebrate the holidays with their annual iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2013 concert tour. The music event is a yearly tour that captures the essence of the iHeart Radio app.
The tour will travel across America showcasing the talents of our favorite artists and up-n-coming talent. First stop will be at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. The tour will feature artists including Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Pit Bull, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Jason Derulo, and many others. The 12-city tour will end in Miami, Florida on December 20.
Dallas, Texas – Monday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. CST – 106.1 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013 at American Airlines Center
The star-studded lineup features: Robin Thicke, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Flo Rida, Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, and One Republic
- Ticket information available via www.1061kissfm.com
Philadelphia, Pa. – Wednesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. EST – Q102’s Jingle Ball 2013 Presented by Bernie Robbins Jewelers at Wells Fargo Center
The star-studded lineup features: Robin Thicke, Flo Rida, Fall Out Boy, Austin Mahone, Paramore, Avril Lavigne, Fifth Harmony, Jason Derulo and Icona Pop with more to be announced
- Ticket information available via www.q102.com
Los Angeles, Ca. – Friday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. PST – KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013 Presented by T-Mobile in partnership with Samsung at STAPLES Center
The star studded lineup features: Miley Cyrus, Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Travie McCoy and Chris Brown
- Ticket information available via www.kiisfm.com
Seattle, Wa. – Sunday, December 8, at 7:30p.m. PST – 106.1 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013 at Comcast Arena
The star studded lineup features: Selena Gomez, Flo Rida, Fall Out Boy, Icona Pop, Fifth Harmony, Travie McCoy, New Politics and Austin Mahone with more to be announced
- Ticket information available via www.kissfmseattle.com
Chicago, Ill. – Monday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. CST – 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013 Presented by Jam Bluetooth Speakers at United Center
The first ever star-studded lineup features: Robin Thicke, Chris Brown, Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, Icona Pop, Avril Lavigne, Travie McCoy and Fifth Harmony, with more to be announced
- Ticket information available via www.1035KISSFM.com
Minneapolis, Minn. – Tuesday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. CST – 101.3 KDWB’s Jingle Ball 2013 at Xcel Energy Center
The star-studded lineup features: Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, Fall Out Boy, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony
- Ticket information available via www.kdwb.com
Atlanta – Wednesday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. EST – Power 96.1’s Jingle Ball 2013 at Philips Arena
The studded lineup features: Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Travie McCoy, Fifth Harmony, Armin Van Buuren and Bonnie McKee
- Ticket information available via www.power961.com
New York – Friday, December 13, at 8 p.m. EST– Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 Presented by Aéropostale at Madison Square Garden
The star-studded lineup features: Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo and Austin Mahone, with more to be announced
- Ticket information available via www.Z100.com
- Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 will air exclusively as a two hour special on The CW Network on Wednesday, December 18 at 8 p.m. EST.
Boston – Saturday, December 14, at 7 p.m. EST – KISS 108′s Jingle Ball 2013 at TD Bank Garden
The star-studded lineup features: Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Fall Out Boy, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Fifth Harmony and Flo Rida with more to be announced
- Ticket information available via www.kiss108.com
Washington, D.C. – Monday, December 16, at 7 p.m. EST – Hot 99.5’s Jingle Ball 2013 Presented by Overstock.com at Verizon Center
The star-studded lineup features: Miley Cyrus, Austin Mahone, Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony and Flo Rida
- Ticket information available via www.hot995.com
Tampa Bay, Fla. – Wednesday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m. EST – 93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball 2013 at Tampa Bay Times Forum
The star-studded lineup features: Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, Paramore, Austin Mahone, Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony and Travie McCoy
- Ticket information available via www.933flz.com
Miami, Fla. – Friday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m. EST – Y100’s Jingle Ball 2013 Presented by Jam Wireless Speakers at BB&T Center
The star-studded lineup features: Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne, Ariana Grande, Robin Thicke, Demi Lovato, Armin Van Buuren, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida, Austin Mahone, Jason Derulo and Fifth Harmony
- Ticket information available via www.y100.com
In addition to the U.S. dates, the iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2013 concert tour will air for the first time ever on the CW network.
“For the first time ever, this year The Jingle Ball will be a nationally televised broadcast music event as the CW Network will air a special two hour presentation on Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. ET,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises at Clear Channel. “Now millions of music fans in all 50 states will have the opportunity to experience one of the most highly anticipated annual holiday music events on television.”
Chase Bank will offer an early bird special ticket sale on October 16 – 18. If you want to purchase these early ticket sale, go to iheartradio.com/chase.
It’s a sad day for the hip hop fans who were patiently waiting to see their favorite rappers perform.
“Since 2004, Rock The Bells has become a staple and tradition in the Hip Hop culture. However, today (September 26th) reports arise alleging the Washington, D.C. and New Jersey shows for Rock The Bells have effectively been cancelled.
The Rock The Bells stop in D.C. was supposed to be held at RFK Stadium, however Chinyere Hubbard, the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for RFK’s operator Event DC confirmed with Washington City Paper that the event has been cancelled. The D.C. leg was supposed to occur this weekend (September 28th and 29th).
While Guerilla Union nor representatives at Grass Infields @ Meadowlands Race Track, the location of the New York stop for Rock The Bell have commented on the recent news of the New York stops being cancelled, XXL Magazine reports that their sources confirmed the cancellation. In addition, they claim the cancellations are due to poor ticket sales and Guerilla Union will incur a $3 million loss in ticket refunds and show production.”
Damn… wonder what happened to make them cancel at the last minute. Hhmmm…
Tuesday, September 24, Atlanta’s Museum Bar welcomed music lovers for a special album release party. Musiq Soulchild and Syleena Johnson has combined their talents to create a new reggae album.
Yes, reggae. Sounds strange doesn’t it…given the fact that neither one of them are known to sing that genre of music. But hey, talent is talent…right?
Anyway, the ‘9INE‘ album release party brought out many supporters and celebrity friends. STACKS Magazine was on site to get exclusive photos from the event. Check out a few of them below:
’9INE’ is now available on iTunes. In case you need a preview of what to expect from their new album, check out “Promise” below and let us know what you think.
Event Recap: Tamar Braxton’s Album Signing & Q&A @ DTLR; Talks New Christmas Album + Book [Photos & Video]
On Friday, September 13, Tamar Braxton had her Love and War album signing at the D.T.L.R.-Camp Creek store located in East Point, Georgia. After fans piled in to have their albums signed and snap a photo or two with Tamar, the reality TV star/singer sat down for a brief Q&A with Atlanta’s V-103FM. During the Q&A, Tamar talked about her album, bad experiences, becoming a mom, and being serious about your craft. “Practice and stay in you lane” is also a bit of advice that Tamar gave for people trying to reach that impossible dream.
I, Abner, asked Tamar what should we expect from her upcoming Christmas album and ‘Love and War’ book.
“The ‘Love and War’ book is not named after the album. The ‘Love and War’ book is a relationship self-help book. I tell you my story, my whole career before I met Vince and then Vince tells you his story and then we tell our story together, it’s very interesting,” stated Tamar.
“My Christmas album I’m so excited about it; it’s very romantic. Everything that I’m doing right now, because where I am in my life, is very kind of “relationship” driven. Because “Tamar and Vince” the first season means so much and writing the album Love and War. Everybody spirit was on the love side, but sometimes love can feel like war. That’s why I have all this relationship stuff coming out, it means so much and thank you so much.”
Tamar Braxton’s Christmas album is scheduled to come out in October and her ‘Love and War’ book will hit shelves in November of this year. In recent news, Tamar’s Love and War album debuted Number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and Number 1 on the Billboard R&B chart selling over 114,000 copies. In October 2013, Tamar will be performing on the “Made To Love” tour with John Legend.
Tamar has a very bright future ahead of her along with a great album. She will be in the spotlight for a while.
Check out a few photos from the in-store event:
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Recap article submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
In case you didn’t attend the 2nd annual “Made In America” in Philadelphia, you will soon have an opportunity to catch it.
Over the Labor Day weekend, Jay-Z’s weekend-long music festival went underway with a host of artists. The artistry covered all genres of music from rock, R&B, rap, and more. Artists who hit the stage this year included Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Imagine Dragons, Nine Inch Nails, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Deadmau5, and many others. The outdoor concert was established to give music fans a collective experience of various music types. Well, for everyone who missed out on the event, you will soon get a chance to see it all unfold on television.
On October 11, Ron Howard will debut a behind-the-scenes documentary of the “Made In America” festival. The documentary will air on Showtime (check your local listings for time). The film will give viewers an opportunity to see their favorite artists/groups and hear them tell how they’ve managed to “make it in America.”
The documentary will, however, be premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on September 7.
In related news, this weekend Beyoncé and Budweiser caught some slack after her set was cut short via the live stream. Beyoncé stans were in an uproar when they only got the chance to see just 8 minutes of her performance. Of course, social networks (i.e. Twitter) exploded with angry comments. SMH…
No public explanation has been made by Budweiser, the sponsor of the live stream.
via press release…
(Oakland, CA) Legendary hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics Imperium and Linden Street Brewery are proud to announce a partial line-up of performers for the 2nd Annual Hiero Day, which will take place on Monday, September 2, 2013 (Labor Day) from 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Linden Street Brewery, located at the Port of Oakland. Hiero Day, a free, all-day all-ages music festival, will feature live performances by The Hieroglyphics, Strong Arm Steady, Latyrx, The Seshen, Fashawn, The Reminders, Free The Robots, The Black Opera, Adrian Younge and Venice Dawn, Craig G, Sake One, DJ DSharp, The Kev Choice Ensemble with hosts Chuy Gomez, Mistah F.A.B., and others to be announced. Confirmed merchandise and food vendors include local favorites Oaklandish, Romper Clothing, Babylon Art Movement, Fist of Flour, The Stroopie Gourmet, Boffo Cart, Lima Peruvian, Me So Hungry, Endless Summer Sweets, and The Giant Peach and many more. Interactive activities for all ages include a skate park presented by Town Park, face painting, chess tournaments, along with a family friendly area. Event organizers encourage attendees to help promote a green event and reduce waste by bringing their own water bottles to fill up at water stations at the event. Public transportation is highly encouraged, as parking is extremely limited, and the San Francisco Bay Bridge will be closed, therefore we encourage BART, the ferry and bikes. Early arrival is encouraged as capacity is limited.
Hiero Day celebrates and showcases the Bay Area’s diverse, innovative, multicultural, and multigenerational music movement in the heart of Oakland. This year’s festival holds particular significance to the local music community, as it lands on the 20th anniversary of the release of the highly influential and groundbreaking album, 93′ Til Infinity by Hieroglyphics founding members, Souls of Mischief. Visit www.hieroday.com for more information, as well as updates on performances, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, and festival activities.
One of the largest hip hop music festivals will return to Atlanta on October 2 - 6. In past years, the A3C festival has brought out thousands to view many of their favorite emcees. This year, the line-up is no different. Expected to be in attendance this year will be Ghostface Killah, Too Short, Bun B, Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Peanut Butter Wolf, Aesop Rock, 9th Wonder and Kool DJ Red Alert, to buzzing artists like ScHoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, Rich Homie Quan, Travis Porter, Jay Rock, Rapsody, Fat Trel, Iamsu!, Doe B, Chuck Inglish, Jarren Benton and Lil Durk. There’s still plenty more that will be announced in the coming weeks.
If you haven’t purchased your tickets, please do so at www.acfestival.com. This is a NO MISS event!
Former Bad Boy artist and pastor, Ma$e, surprised fans last week during Drake’s OVO Fest in Toronto. The annual concert series brought out many of Drake’s celebrity friends to rock the crowd by performing various songs. In one of Drake’s sets, Ma$e appeared alongside his former boss Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. The crowd went bananas and the performance somewhat eluded to the fact that Ma$e could very well be returning to the rap game. He also told Sway on MTV’s RapFix about the fact that if he returns to the game there’s only two people he would work with…Kanye West and Drake.
In an interview with MTV, Drake also hinted that the two of them has been talking about possibly working on a project.
“Funny enough, me and Ma$e have just been talking about what the future holds, about what he wants to do and anything is possible man. I told Ma$e, ‘You’re Ma$e, at the end of the day so I don’t think you should end up on anybody else’s label.”
Drake also stated that…
“I would love to be involved. I know Kanye took an interest in Ma$e as well, because Ma$e is like the original fly guy that made it all look extremely fun, dancing [and everything You saw it at [OVO Fest], those guys can’t get on stage and be stiff and overly serious…it’s a party. There’s a lot of rappers who get out there and take themselves super serious and it’s not fun like that. They don’t laugh. Those guys got out there and proved why there are who they are. Two kings doing what they were born to do.
I’d love to work with Ma$e to be honest. I told him, ‘man I hope tonight’s not our last conversation.’ It’s been cool, we kicked it and just went out and and got something to eat.”
Check out Drake’s interview below:
COMEDIAN, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, RADIO AND TV HOST STEVE HARVEY HOSTS 11TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION HONORING LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD STARS WITH STAR-STUDDED 2013 FORD NEIGHBORHOOD AWARDS SHOW AND WEEKEND OF EVENTS
Harvey Hosts Three-Day Blowout of Events in Las Vegas, with Special Performances and Entertainment August 9th – 11th
(via press release) LAS VEGAS, NV (July 31, 2013) – The votes have been tallied, and it is time for the award winners to be revealed as Steve Harvey and Family Feud host, radio host, author and comedian Steve Harvey – hosts a grand celebration of community honors with star entertainment, sizzling music, and more August 10th, at this year’s 11th Annual Ford Neighborhood Awards show (formerly the Hoodie Awards). One of the most-anticipated live events that Harvey hosts annually, the unpredictable awards show celebrates the impactful service of neighborhood businesses, churches, community leaders, and educators from across the nation – as star presenters and performers from the world of gospel and R&B music, television and entertainment, and crowds of revelers converge on Las Vegas August 9 – 11th, for a weekend of thrills, laughs, and a legendary line-up of entertainment that includes Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Jaheim, Mary Mary, Tamar Braxton, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, KEM, Charlie Wilson, TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank), and more.
Embarking to the sun and glittering lights of Las Vegas, the weekend blowout of events surrounding the awards includes the free live broadcast of The Steve Harvey Morning Show, presented by Outback Steakhouse, the free Neighborhood Awards Interactive Expo, presented by DHerbs.com, the all-white stylish affair of the State Farm Freedom Friday Concert and State Farm Freedom Friday Party, the Ford VIP After Party, The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Charity Golf Tournament, and The Neighborhood Awards Beach Party. The Ford Neighborhood Awards show hosted by Steve Harvey will be an unforgettable evening of glitz, award-winning entertainment and community celebration of this year’s top 48 nominees, unveiling the winners among twelve categories, including a special presentation from title sponsor Ford to the Best Community Leader category winner, who will receive a donation of $30,000 to be used towards their church or non-profit organization.
Steve Harvey says, “The Neighborhood Awards is an awards show unlike any other, honoring those who are the stars of their neighborhoods, the people and places who have made indispensable contributions and continue to inspire their neighbors. They are an everyday inspiration and I look forward to celebrating all the nominees at the show!”
Marking the 11th anniversary of this one-of-a-kind show, Steve Harvey and television/radio producer Rushion McDonald created the Hoodie Awards show (now the Neighborhood Awards show) in 2001, which has become the crowning honor for urban communities. Giving star treatment for the everyday men and women who uplift their neighborhoods with their contributions as local businesses, religious/neighborhood leaders, educators, churches, and high schools, the twelve Neighborhood Awards categories are: Best High School Coach, Best Nail Salon, Best School Teacher sponsored by Nielsen, Best Car Wash/Detail Shop, Best Church Choir sponsored by K&G Fashion Superstore, Best Soul Food sponsored by General Mills’ Helper, Best Barber Shop, Best High School sponsored by State Farm, Best Barbecue Place sponsored by Walmart, Best Beauty Salon, Best Church sponsored by AARP, and Best Community Leader sponsored by Ford.
The Neighborhood Awards include support from the following sponsors: title sponsor Ford, State Farm, Walmart, Nielsen, K&G Fashion Superstore, General Mills’ Helper, AARP, DHerbs, Outback Steakhouse, and media partner Jet Magazine. Listen to The Steve Harvey Morning Show weekdays on your radio or online live 6 – 10 AM EST at www.SteveHarvey.com for updates, laughs, daily inspiration, and more. To check out the nominees, presenters, information, and tickets for the 2013 Ford Neighborhood Awards and the weekend of events, visit www.NeighborhoodAwards.com.
2013 Neighborhood Awards Weekend: August 9 – 11, 2013
• Friday, August 9 – Outback Steakhouse Presents, The Steve Harvey Morning Show Live Broadcast, with live performance by Tamar Braxton
• Friday, August 9 – The Neighborhood Awards Interactive Expo Presented by DHerbs.com
• Friday, August 9 – State Farm Freedom Friday Concert hosted by Sheryl Underwood, with the 2013 State Farm Sing Your Way to the Neighborhood Awards Finalists, and live performances by KEM and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
• Friday, August 9 – State Farm Freedom Friday Party, with DJ Mars and V-103 Chicago’s Ramonski Luv
• Saturday, August 10 – 11th Annual Ford Neighborhood Awards Show, hosted by Steve Harvey with live performances by Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Jaheim and Mary Mary
• Saturday, August 10 – Ford VIP After Party, hosted by Nephew Tommy with DJ Chubb Rock, DJ Kid Capri and DJ Mars
• Sunday, August 11 – The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Charity Golf Tournament hosted by Steve Harvey
• Sunday, August 11 – The Neighborhood Awards Beach Party, with live performances by Charlie Wilson and TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank)
Video: Jill Scott Slays “He Loves Me” @ Essence Fest 2013 + Set to Release ‘Lullaby’ Album for Babies
Every body knows…I LOVE me some Jill Scott. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to join the thousands of people who were in New Orleans for the Essence Festival. Jill Scott, along with many other artists, tore down the stages on Friday and Saturday. Per eyewitness reports, Maxwell, New Edition, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole, and Charlie Wilson were some of the stand out performers. And of course, I heard Jill slayed her performance and had the crowd rocking the whole set.
In case you missed the Essence Fest this year, and love Jill Scott as much as I do, check out her performance of “He Loves Me” below.
Additionally, Essence.com reports that Jill will also release a new album this year. Surprisingly, the album titled “Brown Baby Lullabies” will cater to babies. She said she thought about the idea 4 years ago before the birth of her own son, Jett. The group of lullabies will help “encourage and nourish the spirit” she says. Parents who purchases the album will be able to just hit play and the child will go right off to sleep themselves. No word yet on when it will be released.
This is going to be a lifesaver for most parents…especially the ones that do not know how to sing. Great idea Jill!
LL Cool J & Miley Cyrus Tapped As Hosts for iHeart Radio’s “Ultimate Pool Party” in Miami (June 28-29)
The beautiful shoreline of South Beach will welcome thousands at the end of the month. iHeart Radio and VisitFlorida.com has teamed up to bring the “Ultimate Pool Party” weekend. The festivities will take place at the legendary Fontainebleau Hotel and will feature main stage performances by some of your favorite artists. LL Cool J, Jason Derulo, and Miley Cyrus has been named as the official hosts for the event. Several live poolside sets will take place with DJ Prostyle, DJ Skee, and DJ Obscene on the one’s and two’s. The performances which will include Pitbull, Ke$ha, Afrocana, Icona Pop, and Krewella, will be available via live stream at 9PM ET, June 29 at Yahoo! (www.iheart.yahoo.com).
The exclusive televised version of the 2-day weekend will air on The CW Network on Monday, July 15, 8-10PM ET.
Trinidad James, Rich Homie Quan, Young Dro, & Others Repped The City Hard @ Birthday Bash 18 [Exclusive Photos & Vids]
The whole city of Atlanta and surrounding states came out in thousands to the hottest concert of the summer. Radio One & Hot 107.9 kicked off their 18th annual Birthday Bash this past weekend. Over 30,000 people where in attendance inside the Philips Arena where the industry’s hottest artists (and new artists) set the stage on fire. Southside Atlanta artist 2 Chainz was the headliner and gained many praises via social networks for his set. Wale, Meek Mill, French Montana, and Drake made special appearances that took BB18 way over the top. But, the crowd showed major hometown love to their favorite artists who were raised in the Black Mecca of the South: B.o.B., Rich Homie Quan, Rocko, Young Dro, Shawty Lo, and Trinidad James.
Here are a few exclusive photos and video coverage of Birthday Bash 18:
For more photos and videos, go to www.hotspotatl.com!
Source: G. Woods / Radio One
Is Kirk Franklin Choosing Money Over His Religious Beliefs?; Gay Community Says “NO” to $80K Performance In D.C.
When conversations involve religion and/or money, that’s when things get sticky. Case in point…
The LGBT community in Washington, D.C. is pissed off at Kirk Franklin for being chosen to perform at the DC Emancipation Day. The city’s government paid the “Stomp” gospel singer $80,000 to perform at the event. But, the gay community believes that this was just a blatant contradiction to Franklin’s personal believes involving the gay lifestyle. Although Franklin has stated in past interviews that the LGBT community should be treated with kindness, compassion, and love by the church, he still feels as though the lifestyle goes against what the Bible says about homosexuality.
But, the LGBT people are simply NOT hearing it.
One man Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out (a national LGBT organization) believes Kirk Franklin and others are “fake Christians.” “The truth is, they compromise on everything the Bible says for their own convenience, yet twist the Scripture to support bigotry,” says Besen.
What do you think? Is it fair for “Christian” performers/celebrities to profit off of LGBT related events, knowing that they disapprove of the homosexual lifestyle?
Hit us up…this is an interesting topic. We’d like to know what you think!
New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium packed out last night for Hot 97′s Summer Jam concert. This year, Hot 97 radio celebrated its 20th anniversary by continuing the tradition of having one of the most influential hip hop events ever. Each year, hip hop’s favorite emcees all gather onto one stage to represent for the culture and music. On stage last night, R&B and hip hop collided as several artists rocked the crowd like ASAP Rocky, French Montana, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and even a reunion by the Wu-Tang Clan.
As expected, artists took the time to perform some of their best collaboration songs. For instance, Mariah Carey and Miguel performed her new hit “Beautiful”. Also, 2 Chainz brought out his long-time friend Nicki Minaj during his set. In case you missed it, here are their performances and a couple photos from the concert.
Video: Kendrick Lamar Keeps The West Coast Spirit Alive @ Hot 97 Summer Jam + “Good Kid, MAAD City” Tour Hits the U.S.
Kendrick Lamar and the Top Dawg Entertainment family officially began the U.S. leg of the “Good.Kid,.MAAD.City” tour on May 22 in Las Vegas. The tour which also features TDE artists SchoolBoy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock has completed six dates thus far. With 15 cities remaining, Kendrick and his cohorts may hit a city near you. Check out the remaining dates…
Get your tickets now at ticketmaster.com!
In case you missed Kendrick Lamar’s Hot 97 Summer Jam performance, check him out as he proves why he is such a dope emcee.
Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia was very festive. As Atliens packed the city, several major events were happening. One of which was the 1st Annual MLK Renaissance Festival/ATL Superfest.
On May 25th and 26th, Atlanta’s historical West End District was the location for this celebration. The festival’s purpose was to unite people of all ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds through onsite games for kids, artists performances, vendors, and more. The historic West End neighbors have seen the area degrade over the years. Despite having several heavy populated Historical Black Colleges & Universities in the area, the students or business owners hadn’t pumped enough funds into the area to enhance its growth. However, within the last few years, the district has seen a tremendous change in business ownership and economical dedication the City of Atlanta has to the area. Therefore, it was only right that Atlanta City Council President Cesar Mitchell officiated the kick-off celebration. He did this by presenting a proclamation naming May 25th and 26th the “MLK Renaissance Festival Weekend”.
The overall weekend was a huge success. Several well-known celebrities/artists came out to show their support like Atlanta Falcons Thomas Johnson, RL, Pastor B. Scott & his wife Pastor D (“Sisterhood”), Mishon, Cori Sims, Momma Dee, and Mr. Collipark. Artists who performed on P.Brown’s (CEO of Streettalk Promotions) ATL Superfest stage were: Ying Yang Twins, DG Yola, DTE Trouble, Myko Montana, Tex James, Fabo, Young Tone, La Da Boomman, Pastor Troy, The Shop Boyz, Big A Prado, Jazi J, and several other independent artists.
Indie artists who performed were selected via a judges panel the evening before at GME Sports Lounge. The lounge was the primary sponsor and headquarters for the festival weekend. Our cameraman was on the scene to capture the highlights from the weekend. Check out the pictures below…
May 24, 2013
May 25 & 26, 2013
In conjunction with GME Sports Lounge, several other businesses were deemed as official sponsors (i.e. Streetz 94.5FM, Metro PSC, and MLK Resurgence Commission). The event was a success and everyone is looking forward to the celebration in 2014.
To see more photos from the event, please visit STACKS Magazine on Facebook HERE!
Special thanks to Areina “Reinchild” Plowen, of ReinChild PR for the invite!
Big Boi & Killer Mike Hit The Road For “Shoes For Running” Tour + Killer’s Performance on David Letterman
The A-town is coming to a city near you! Outkasts’ Big Boi announced this week that he’s going on tour and he’s bringing Killer Mike with him. The Shoes For Running tour will travel the U.S. starting March 23 in Tampa, Florida. This tour is major for Big Boi considering he hasn’t been on tour in two years. In efforts to continue his promo for the Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors album, this tour is definitely a no-miss event with Killer Killer added as the icing on the cake.
Check out the tour dates below…
03-23 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
04-18 Athens, GA – Georgia Theater
04-19 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
04-20 Charlottesville, VA – University of Virginia
04-21 Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
04-23 Providence, RI – Lupo’s
04-24 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
04-25 Williamsburg, VA – College of William & Mary
04-26 University Park, PA – Penn State University
04-27 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
04-30 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
05-01 Chicago, IL – Vic Theater
05-02 San Francisco, CA – San Francisco State University
05-03 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
05-04 Memphis, TN – Beale Street Festival
05-05 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
05-07 Denver, CO – Cervantis
05-08 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theater
05-09 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
05-13 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
05-15 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
05-15 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
05-18 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
05-19 Albuquerque, NM – Observatory
05-23 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Hall
05-24 Austin, TX – The Backyard
05-25 Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
05-26 Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Fest
05-30 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
05-31 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
06-01 Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
06-02 Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Co.
06-04 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
06-05 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
06-06 Jacksonville, FL – Brewsters Megaplex
06-07 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
06-08 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
06-09 Wilmington, NC – Brooklyn Arts Center
06-11 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
06-12 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
06-14 Washington, DC – Howard’s Theatre
06-15 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
06-16 Toronto, Ontario – North By Northeast
06-19 Boston, MA – Paradise
07-12-14 Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
In related news, Killer Mike received some major shine last night. He was the special musical guest on Late Night with David Letterman. In case you missed his performance, here’s Killer’s performance of ”Untitled” featuring Scar & El-P.
Photo Credit: Fader
Today, the good folks over at Atlanta’s DTLR sports store held a private VIP reception for BadBoy/MMG artist, French Montana. The Cocaine City Records CEO was in tow to meet and greet several media outlets and fans. As you know, French Montana is set to release his debut album Excuse My French on May 21. After garnering recent success with tracks like “Pop That” (featuring Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne) and “Ocho Cinco” (feat. Diddy, MGK, Red Cafe, & Los), French is finally gaining the real attention he needs.
With drinks flowing and free soul food on deck, the VIP reception was pretty chill. I’m sure he needed the brief down time due to video shoots, radio appearances, and scheduled performances he was said to be in town for. Luckily, STACKS Magazine was on hand to get a few snapshots for the French Montana fans. Check them out below…
In case you missed French Montana’s latest video “Freaks” feat. Nicki Minaj, click here!
Photo Credit: Dnice Photos
The Fox Theatre was turnt up Saturday night as Jermaine Dupri and his So So Def family celebrated their 20th Anniversary. As expected, a sold out crowd and the majority of the So So Def roster came out to support music legend JD. Da Brat, Jagged Edge, J-Kwon, Xscape members LaTocha & Tameka Scott, Kris Kross, Bow Wow, Lil Jon, Bone Crusher, Anthony Hamilton, Dondria, are just a few names that were in attendance to perform some of their most recognized hits.
But, JD pulled out all the stops with a few surprises up his sleeve. His longtime friend and musical partner, Mariah Carey, came out to celebrate. Usher Raymond, Ludacris, Lil Scrappy, Nelly, Pastor Troy, Young Jeezy and to everyone’s surprise Jay-Z stepped out on stage to pure pandamonium. Check out a few pics from the event…
In case you missed the concert or live telecast on Direct Tv’s channel 340, here are a few performance highlights from the So So Def concert:
Jay-Z & JD – “Money Aint A Thang” & Young Jeezy “RIP”
Damn! We sure hate we missed this one…
Photo Source: AJC.com
The 55th Grammys Award show went underway last night. Besides tuning in to see the great performances, many people tuned in to see the red carpet arrivals. Who doesn’t love to see the latest in fashion trends on some of our favorite celebrities?!! Get into a few of the looks from last night…
Who ROCKED IT at the 2013 Grammys??
On Grammy Sunday, several of your top entertainers took home the golden record player for their work during 2012. Some of the names and awards our readers may be most interested in knowing are as follows:
Best R&B Song – “Adorn” by Miguel
Best Traditional R&B Performance – “Love On Top” by Beyonce
Best R&B Performance – “Climax” by Usher
Best Rap Album – “Take Care” by Drake
Best Rap Song (Songwriters) – “N—-z In Paris” by Jay-Z & Kanye West
Best Rap Performance – “N—-z In Paris” by Jay-Z & Kanye West
Best Country Song – “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood
Best Jazz Vocal Album – Esparanza Spalding
Best Comedy Album – “Blow Your Pants Off” by Jimmy Fallon
Best Gospel Song – “Go Get It” by Mary Mary
Congratulations to all of the Grammy award winners. To see the full list, go to www.grammys.com!
After witnessing the second inauguration for President Barack Obama (and celebrating Martin Luther King Jrs birthday), the excitement continued on Tuesday night (Jan. 22) at the Atrium. Located on the east side of Atlanta, hundreds of DJs, artists, and music notables packed the club in honor of DJs. Salute The DJs Awards, founded by Lady Shack, honors the men and women who rock the clubs, break records, and keep the streets bubbling with new music. This year marked the fourth year for this event. For it being STACKS Magazine’s first year attending, I can say it was a real cool experience.
The official emcee for the evening was local funny man Crum.com. Also, in the building were many Atlanta notables such as Ms Debra Atney (Mizay Ent), Shawty Lo, Bone Crusher, Drumma Boy, DJ T-Roc, DJ Bigga Rankin, DJ Demp, P. Brown (Streettalk), Wingo (Jagged Edged), DJ Unk, DJ Kutt Throat, Travis Porter, Jack Thriller (ThisIs50.com), Tex James, DG Yola, Mykko Montana, Suga Shane, Rich Homie Quan, Tight and even a surprise visit from Trinidad James.
As part of the show, independent artists/groups had the opportunity to perform. Some included a childrens group called The Hard Team, YNV, Jewlz, Deacon Uly, Deja Vu, and DDS (pardon me if these names are spelled incorrectly). There were also a couple of very special performances by Shawty Lo, Rich Homie Quan, and Tight. The actual DJ awards were given out later in the evening. Some of the categories and winners included:
DJ To Take Most Risks – DJ Blue
Best Show DJ – DJ Prime Time
Most Overlooked In The World – DJ Such-N-Such
Hottest Female DJ – DJ Nina9
DJ Of The Year - DJ Demp
Here are a few pics and videos from the event…
Shawty Lo’s “Petition”
Rich Homie Quan’s “Difference”