4.21.2015

DOPE.

After being a hit at the Sundance Film Festival, the trailer for the highly anticipated movie, DOPE, is here! The film stars Shameik Moore as Malcolm, a modern day geek who's trying find his way and himself while in high school. Another notable appearances in the movie are A$AP Rocky, Chanel Iman, Zoe Kravitz, Blake Anderson, amongst others. DOPE is executive produced by music heavyweights Pharrell and Sean "Diddy" Combs and also features brand new music from Pharrell.

Here's the synopsis of DOPE:
 The hit movie out of the Sundance Film Festival, DOPE tells the story of Malcolm (Shameik Moore) who is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, Produced by Forest Whitaker, Executive Produced by Pharrell Williams and Co-Executive Produced by Sean Combs.

This movie seems... cool. I like the look and feel of it from the movie and it doesn't feel like they are trying too hard to make this movie relatable and "trendy". I'm not overly excited about this but I am pretty intrigued. And I'm interested in how the story in the film will play out.

Check out the trailer, check out YouAreDope.com (the movie's Tumblr), and be sure to check it out in theaters on 6.19.15!
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4.20.2015

The Experience: Paper Frank's Blossom Exhibit Opening.

He did it again, y'all. PAPER FRANK SHUT THE CITY DOWN AGAIN! It all happened on April 4th when Paper Frank had his largest art show, Blossom, at DashBoard Co-op in Midtown Atlanta. The exhibit features 2D and 3D works from the one of Atlanta's favorite visual artists.

Blossom really showcased some of the dopest work I've seen from Frank. This exhibit seemed to tap more into who Frank is and his world compared to his last show, Pink Lemonade. Going through the exhibit, I felt like I was walking through his reality and imagination. It was really dope to see his style translated into a 3D manner. From huge sculptures to gold necklaces, Frank's aesthetic is very versatile. What I love most about Paper Frank's work is the dichotomy of it. There are definitely dark tones to his work yet the bright, bold colors and animation style keeps it light-hearted in a sense.
Now when people said to show up to the show early, I didn't think it would be that crazy cause it was on North Ave and there's like no way it would be crazy packed-boy, was I wrong. I literally showed up on time with my brother, ForteBowie, and Dashboard was already packed! Plus, there was a line growing its way down the block. 

And I don't know what it is about Paper Frank but he can literally bring people out of their caves. People won't show up for parties, concerts, but if Paper Frank is doing something, you will see people there. It was obvious that some individuals where only there to be seen or to see those who wanted to be seen but there were plenty of individuals who were there to see the art itself. And having people like that there shows the true success of this event. 
All in all, another exciting and successful exhibit from Atlanta's Mayor of the Arts, Paper Frank. Yes I gave him that title, he fucking deserves it. It is said that most of the works on display are sold, so that it awesome. This man deserves all the blessings he has been receiving because he is not only putting on for the city of Atlanta in a special way but he truly brings this city together, even if it's only for a few hours, it's still meaningful. 

 The exhibit is still up at Dashboard and is open for viewing on Wednesdays and Fridays, or by appointment. Not sure how long it will be up for, so go see it now while you can!

More photos from the show will be up on EtherVisions soon, so follow me on there!

For more info, check out: http://www.dashboardcoop.org

For more Paper Frank, check out: 

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4.14.2015

Sea Rich.

One of CT's finest, CRSLYRC (formerly spelled Criss Lyric), dropped a new wave for the people titled Sea Rich! It's produced bu frequent collaborator, Zvlu. Bruh, as soon as I pressed play, I was hooked!

The groove, CRS' melody on the hook, the lyrics-bruh, my nigga snapped! I literally have this on repeat because it's just that ill. I've been telling y'all about this man for years-wake up!!! Grab a surfboard because the wave is real with Sea Rich. Enjoy!

Please tell me this means a new project is on the way... PLEASE!

For more CRSLYRC, check out:
twitter.com/CRSLYRC
soundcloud.com/crslyrc
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4.13.2015

Juice.

Pontiac, MI artist and producer, T Deezy wants it to be known that he has the Juice! The song is produced by Chicago producer Loud Lord and really appeals to the Atlanta in me. I love the bounce in it and I can totally see me fucking up my speakers as I ride around the city to this.

T Deezy has quite the following but I'm sure he has room for you to be a fan too. Check out his project, Swisher King, for some dope shit to vibe to. I'm excited to see what else he has up his sleeve. Press play and see if you might possibly have the Juice too!

Watch: Juice (Official Video)

For more T Deezy, check out:
twitter.com/xoxaineDEEZY
soundcloud.com/xoxainedeezy
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4.09.2015

Fucking Young.

Tyler is back! Yesterday was a big day for Tyler, the Creator with the release of his new venture, GOLF Media. GOLF Media is a magazine and a mobile app that Tyler describes as, "basically my brain in one place." You can subscribe to the magazine and get the app now!

On the app, Tyler released his new video, Fucking Young! It's off his forthcoming album, Cherry Bomb. Tyler continues to let us experience his emotions and enter his wild imagination with this video. There's a lot going on but it's so dope and beautifully done, you just go along with it.

The song itself is interesting. He is literally telling a girl that she is too young for him. You don't hear this being talked about in music too often. Men/boys usually don't see an issue with it, so it's interesting that out of all people, it's Tyler talking about it. The song is really dynamic as well. It feels like you're on a rollercoaster listening to it-but rollercoasters are fun! And I can totally hear Charlie Wilson (who I love!) throughout this song. Thought I heard Pharrell too.

And that bit of song we got at the end of the video is so N.E.R.D... In Search Of era. Which makes sense because he literally says that album in the song. But as soon as it started, N.E.R.D popped up in my head. And I think it's cool. It's N.E.R.D. but Tyler, the Creator style.

I could go on for days about Tyler and OF as a whole. Been a fan since '09, so I'm down with whatever they do musically. I'm excited for this new album. Tyler is older, has been able to marinate in success a bit, the music will be interesting.

To subscribe to GOLF Media, visit: subscribe.golfwang.com

Cherry Bomb drops 4.13.15!

For more Tyler, the Creator, check out:
twitter.com/fucktyler
www.oddfuture.com
golfwang.com
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4.07.2015

Heavy Shoulders.

This song by LA based synth-pop artist, TRACE, titled Heavy Shoulders perfectly describe my life right now. It's the only song of hers out right now but I have been bumping this since it came out. It's like a smooth, creamy mug of some bomb coffee. Her voice is just glides over the production so effortlessly. I love this song and it was necessary for me to share this. Check it out and enjoy!

For more TRACE, check out:
www.listentotrace.com
soundcloud.com/listentotrace
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Amy.

The trailer for the anticipated documentary about late British singer/songwriter, Amy Winehouse, titled Amy. The film is directed by Asif Kapadia. Trailer features dialogue from Winehouse about being a singer and writing songs true to herself, as well as how she would deal with being famous. Very chilling trailer. I think this documentary will be a must see.

Documentary is set to be released July 3, 2015 in the UK. Not sure of showings here in the states. 
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The Experience: Let Them Eat Fashion.

On March 29th, First Taste ATL brought the city of Atlanta an all new experience with their event, Let Them Eat Fashion. LTEF was when styles of fashion, food, and music collided. The event was hosted by Brittany Sky and Ashley outrageous and included musical performances from Marian Mereba, Curtis Williams, Kool John, and more. The food of the evening was provided by Brianna Riddock and Chef Mike Boska. And it all went down at Le Fais do-do, which felt like it was located in the back streets of Midtown-took me a minute to even find it.

So now for the experience! The venue looked awesome! As soon as you walked in, you felt the theme come to life, which was a royal Victorian masquerade feel meant for the likes of Marie Antoinette. There were huge playing cards in the front part of the venue and this huge chess board with matching size chess pieces-it was awesome! The back part of the venue was were the main event happened. The ceilings had beautiful chandeliers hanging from them and white chiffon drapes to dress the walls. I mean, there was some real effort put into the overall atmosphere of this event and I really appreciate things like that. It truly takes you to another world.

4.01.2015

p.s. It Was Actually A Mixtape (Drake Remix Project).

When Drake surprisingly dropped his latest body of work, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, everyone was on it. And let's be real, we still on it two months later. But this project of his was not only dope and loved amongst the people, it did pretty damn well on the charts.

Not only did it debut on the Billboard's 200 chart at #1 but he had 14 songs on Billboard's Hot 100 simultaneously. He's tied with the (freakin!) Beatles. So when I heard of this news, naturally I went to Soundcloud.

"Almost every song on the project is on the charts? There has to be a remix for each of them!", I said out loud to myself. Six hours later after combing through SoundCloud and even Youtube and trying to accomplish some kind of a mix, I came up with a new way to enjoy this amazing project.

p.s. It Was Actually A Mixtape is a remix project curated and mixed by me and includes remixes from producers such as Madeaux, Ekali, Henry Stuart, Chi Duly, and more. I am no DJ or producer but I adore and respect those who are, so this is one of the many ways I hope to express that. And I love Drake too. Check out the project and let me know if you fucks with it!!!

Tracklist and Credits after the cut!

The Message.

Austin, TX producer and DJ, Forever Midnight, has flexed his artistic muscles with this remix of Kelela's latest single, The Message. The original was already seductive and dope but FM turned this song up and gave it like an upbeat 90's R&B feel. From hearing some other tracks on his Soundcloud, this guy can really whip up a bomb ass remix out of any song. I think I just might be a fan. Press play to get The Message!

For more Forever Midnight, check out:
soundcloud.com/frvrmdnght
twitter.com/FRVRMDNGHT
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Event: Paper Frank's Blossom Exhibition Opening.

 
Visual artist, Paper Frank plans to shut the city of Atlanta down once again with the opening of his latest exhibition, Blossom! The exhibit will include 2D and 3D works from Frank and will be on display at Dashboard Co-op. The opening is one of three events that will be centered around this new exhibition. See flyer below for full details. 
When Paper Frank had the opening for his Pink Lemonade exhibition back in 2013, it literally felt like the whole city of Atlanta came out to support him. It was so packed that some people didn't even get to see the art but were just happy to be present. Check out my review on that event, here!

I'm thoroughly excited about this opening. Paper Frank is a favorite of mine and I will show up to anything he does whenever I can. See y'all on North Ave this Saturday!!!

For more Paper Frank, check out:
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3.31.2015

Why Tidal is Not the Wave.

Before we even get into it, this post is solely based on my opinion and reflection on the research I have done. If there is anything that I present as fact and you know to be incorrect, please comment below and link me to your sources. But do not come for me on my opinion and say I'm wrong. I think we are all grown enough to have healthy debates. Now to this Tidal stuff.

If you were online yesterday, you were probably bombarded by photos and tweets about the relaunch of a streaming service called Tidal (formerly known as WiMP). It was recently purchased by Jay Z and he did something major with the ownership of the service. Hov gifted 16 artists 3% stake each in the company making Tidal the first artist owned streaming service. Artist owners of Tidal include Madonna, Chris Martin (of Coldplay), Beyonce, J.Cole, Rihanna, Usher, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, and some others- google it. Collectively, they own 48% of the company. The other 52% is owned by Jay Z, some record labels, and another investor.

Tidal is being marketed as a "revolution" of... I don't really know. The artists owners are like "It's gonna change everything!", "This will put art back in the forefront!"-it's a streaming service, chill. So what makes Tidal different or superior to other streaming services like everyone's favorite, Spotify?

They offer something called HiFi. Hi fidelity is basically CD quality audio because the tracks are not compressed. Most music you hear on streaming services or even download is compressed so that it is easier to playback/listen to and doesn't take up a shitload of space on your devices. Hifi is suppose to make the music so crisp and clear that it feels like the artist is putting on a live performance right in front of you, just for you-how sweet!...eh.

3.27.2015

Event: Let Them Eat Fashion Show.

Atlanta! This Sunday, March 29th, an amazing, unique show is happening called Let Them Eat Fashion! It's an interactive fashion experience with amazing food and musical performances from some of ATL's hottest artists. It will be hosted by internet favorites Brittany Sky, Ashley Outrageous, Nadirah Aliyah and B Dot A Dot! DJ Daghe and DJ Speakerfoxxx will be on the 1's and 2's for the night.

Here's the official event description:
This Sunday Atlanta based production studio, First Taste ATL, will host a Victorian themed fashion show "Let Them Eat Fashion Show." It will be an interactive, fashion-forward event that entices the two most powerful human senses; taste and sight. Culinary elements will be provided by celebrity Chef Mike Boska and culinarian, Brianna Riddock; alongside a mosaic of fashion provided by Cupcake Mafia, Threaded Culture, Fresh 2 Def, and more.

I will be there, so I hope to see you there too!

For tickets and VIP specials, check out: ltefshow.splashthat.com
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3.25.2015

Price.

Fresh from finishing his US tour, JMSN, gives us the visuals for his song, Price! Price is off his latest self-titled album aka the Blue Album. The Kane Chattey directed visuals continue the theme of VHS visuals JMSN has been doing throughout the roll out of this album and it has been so dope.

JMSN is so awesome because he makes some of the most beautiful and deep music and then does like parodies for the videos. He must be so fun to hang out with. But I was laughing throughout the video, he's a mess. Watch it and enjoy!

For more JMSN, check out:
iamjmsn.com
twitter.com/iamjmsn
soundcloud.com/iamjmsn
youtube.com/iamjmsn

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3.24.2015

G.O.M.D.

The one and only J.Cole has given us the visuals for his song, G.O.M.D., off his latest album 2014 Forest Hills Drive! The Lawrence Lamont directed video depicts a slave rebellion orchestrated by Cole on a small plantation. This was one of my favorite songs off the album and I would never guess that a slave rebellion would be the concept for its video. But well done, Cole... well done.

I also have to mention that there is a lot of accuracy with imagery and wardrobe in the video, so kudos to whoever handled that. How would I know this? It's not a long story, but it's a story for another day.

Anywho, Cole just finsihed taking SXSW by storm and will continue to be on the road for most of the year. For more info on that, google. It's J.Cole, y'all. Don't act brand new.

For more J.Cole, check out:
www.jcolemusic.com
witter.com/JColeNC
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