ONE MUSICFEST IN REVIEW
It’s almost time for the 2014 ONE Musicfest and this year, I plan on being in attendance. For Throw Back Thursday, I thought it would be a great idea to share some photo’s that I shot for the 2013 festival, as well as a review written for Song Kick of Joey Bada$$’s performance. Haven’t gotten your ticket yet? Visit www.onemusicfest.com!
NEW YORK IN THE SOUTH
In 2013, Atlanta held it’s 4th Annual One Music Festival at the Old Fourth Ward Park to an ecstatic crowd out to enjoy the festivities. Upon entering the gates, they were pre-occupied with food trucks and vendors on the open terrain. Amongst the performances of a stellar lineup including Snoop Dogg as the headliner, Erykah Badu, CeeLo Green and Goodie Mob, was Pro Era’s Joey Bada$$. Joey had accumulated a large audience around the time he was scheduled to perform earlier in the day. Joey performed a number of songs from his 1999 and SummerKnights mixtapes including, “Waves,” “World Domination,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “95 Til Infinity.” Long time DJ and producer DJ Statik Selektah aided Joey on the turntables and Pro Era member Kirk Knight accompanied him on stage. The 90’s essence was prevalent in their style and sound. For those unfamiliar with the Pro Era movement, their nostalgic sound mirrors the epitome of what hip hop sounded like in the “Golden Age” and perhaps that’s what is so captivating about Pro Era. That old feeling is what keeps his fans satisfied and for some reason, it’s being heard with a new refreshing ear.
PRO ERA MOVEMENT
Joey Bada$$ is leading a movement that comes with a certain aesthetic and has garnered a strong following within a matter of two years. His shows, before the brink of his major success that is surely on its way, are intimate and oddly organic. They are organic considering his inspiration from hip-hop’s past, specifically the ’90s era. In 2012 he released his debut mixtape, 1999 and Summer Knights in 2013, which were both were well received by hip-hop enthusiasts alike. Spitting like a veteran in the music industry, Joey gave the crowd his all through his advanced lyrical ability and energetic stage presence. He brought New York to the South and the way that the crowd vibed with him was a clear indication that he was well welcomed.