This year’s ONE MusicFest was a blast! The day was jam packed with great live performances, food and awesome weather. The festival included three stages this year, which catered to both the old and new school crowds, but choosing which performances to catch was a tough decision. The headliner, Lauryn Hill, along with The Roots, Janelle Monae and Wondaland, Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, A$AP Rocky, SZA, Raury plus more put on a stellar show. View some of the photo’s below and more via Respect-Mag.com.
Photo Credit: 2013 ONE Music Fest
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!
I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT MY RADIO
The other night, a friend called and asked who were the pioneers of hip-hop. I rattled off a few names including Kurtis Blow, Run DMC and N.W.A, who were the pioneers of Gangster Rap. It’s ironic that this question came right at the time I’d just finished listening to LL Cool J‘s debut studio album, Radio. I was introduced to LL Cool J’s “Jingling Baby” and “Mama Said Knock You Out” so having missed the time period of Radio, was the the purpose for backtracking. I also credit a hip-hop discussion thread for bringing attention to the topic. Continue reading
STRAIGHT OUTTA SMASHING THE BOX OFFICE
Straight Outta Compton came straight out the gate with an estimated $24.5 million on it’s opening night (Friday August 14th) and is expected to reach at least $55 million by the end of the weekend. The F. Gary Grey directed film, which is produced by former N.WA members, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, was undoubtedly a highly anticipated film with much push from the media. Despite the buzz created around the film and the companion ‘Compton’ soundtrack by Dr.Dre, most of the reviews didn’t quite mirror the 87% rating given by Rotten Tomatoes. Vanity Fair, however, composed the most reflective review, in that it captured the gist and the purest essence of the film. I happened to enjoy the movie in its entirety and was a great viewpoint of N.W.A and social issues in the 80s and 90s era. It was a far cry from the made for TV movies that we are accustomed to. Straight Outta Compton is definitely a must see. Continue reading
I’ve been trying to see J.Cole live for almost 3 years and I guess the 3rd time is the charm. I was blessed to have an opportunity to cover his Birmingham, AL show for Respect. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour, which reportedly sold out within the first two days of going on sale, was held at the Iron City Grill located in downtown Birmingham. Two hours before show time, the line was wrapped around the building with eager fans of all ages. It’s something captivating about the support that J.Cole gets from his fans and new listeners. With each year or album passing, he receives more and more respect, which is confirmation that his message is really being heard and felt. Cole’s most authentic self was given on his now platinum album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, so it was no surprise that the show was similar in context.
Read the full tour review via Respect-Mag.com and check out a few photos from the show below.
Last Thursday I had a chance to check out the Big K.R.I.T. show in Jackson, MS. The line was wrapped around the venue when I pulled up, but luckily I was able to maneuver my way to the front. This wasn’t my first KRIT show, though. My first time experiencing one of his shows was in 2011 at an Apple Store in Atlanta back when he released Return of 4 Eva. The new King of the South has come a long way since “County Sh*t.” The show was great and the city came out to support. Check out the editorial I wrote for RESPECT. and make sure you go and purchase K.R.I.T.’s newest album, Cadillactica.