Friday, January 30, 2015

DJ Paul Shares His Super Bowl Party Do's and Don'ts

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 5:12 PM

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Just in time for the Sunday evening faceoff between the Seahawks and Patriots, DJ Paul shares a few of his Super Bowl party do's and don'ts. 

In a segment presented by First We Feast and Complex, the self-proclaimed King of Memphis encourages people to avoid bringing shitty bean dip, keep a cooler full of beer, and play Three 6 Mafia during halftime. 

Check out DJ Paul's full list of do's and don'ts below.


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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Three 6 Mafia's "Sippin' on Some Syrup"

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 2:24 PM

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Three 6 Mafia's When The Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1 left an indelible impression on me when I first heard it nearly 15 years ago. Not old enough to purchase the explicit version, I had to settle for the edited copy (just like I did for Project Pat's Ghetty Green). 

More than a decade later, I still appreciate the album.

The 22-track installment was riddled with unapologetic, riot-inciting rhymes, flawless production and a handful of notable features. It's arguably Three 6 Mafia's best album, and amid their most successful.

The UGK- assisted "Sippin' on Some Syrup" was one of the more mellow vibes off the Platinum-selling project. A memorable verse from the late Pimp C started it off, which was followed by bars from DJ Paul, Juicy J and Bun B. And Project Pat's simple but catchy hook was the icing on the cake.  

The artists used the track to proclaim their love for promethazine/codeine syrup consumption — a trend popularized decades ago in Houston. But the song was more than an ode to "sippin' sizzurp." It was a monumental collaboration between two of the South's most heralded rap groups. 

Stream "Sippin' on Some Syrup" below.


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Juicy J Appears on Wake Up Call, Talks Upbringing

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 11:49 AM

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Juicy J recently made an appearance on Wake Up Call, a TNT reality series hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

North Memphis' very own was featured on the episode “Mason Family: Dad Dreams of Rapping.” The episode centers on a father of three whose aspirations to be a rapper is interfering with his parental obligations.

The Rock arranges for the father to meet with Juicy J at the Hit Factory recording studio in Miami. After Juicy gets an earful of the father’s skills, he provides some helpful feedback as well as family advice.

Juicy also reflects on his humble beginnings in North Memphis during the segment.

Check it out below.


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Talib Kweli Talks Voting, White Supremacy, and Macklemore

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 12:59 PM

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It’s no mystery: Talib Kweli is as passionate about activism as he is rapping.

The Brooklyn-bred wordsmith has participated in various community protests over the years — one of the most recent being in Ferguson, Missouri, following unarmed teen Michael Brown's death.

Kweli’s also publicly condemned racism, police brutality, white supremacy, voting and the prison industrial complex.

Back in November, he traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas, to speak at Philander Smith College's “Bless the Mic” lecture series. Following his lecture, Kweli spoke with Arkansas Times contributor James Murray about why he’s critical of voting, his views on white supremacy, and the criticism Macklemore has received from hip-hop enthusiasts. 

Check out the interview below.


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DJ Scream Recruits Project Pat, Young Dolph for New Song

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 4:46 PM

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Memphis collides with Atlanta and D.C. on DJ Scream’s new track “Whole Thang.”

A mere dedication to hustling, Young Dolph, Project Pat and Fat Trel rhyme about past street ambitions over a banger courtesy of Metro Boomin.

Stream "Whole Thang" below.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Dr. Benjamin Hooks Reflects on Racist Encounters

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 5:57 PM

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The late Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks dedicated his life to combating racial, social, and economic disparities.

A revered civil rights activist, attorney and minister, Hooks was the first African-American criminal court judge in Tennessee since the Reconstruction era and the first black appointee to the Federal Communications Commission.

Hooks also served as president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for 15 years, and was a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

During an interview with the National Visionary Leadership Project before his April 2010 passing, Hooks reflected on two separate occurrences where he encountered racism from whites. And he also touched on the hardships faced by blacks in America.

Check out the interview below.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Wave Chapelle Releases Visual for "Ready to Fly"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 5:14 PM

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Wave Chapelle links up with a few friends to party and celebrate life in the visual to "Ready to Fly."

The song, which appeared on Wave's Only the Beginning mixtape, features Coldway. The track's visual meshes motivational words with red cups and good times. 

Check it out below. 

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Frayser Boy's "Me Being Me"

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 5:49 PM

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An Academy Award winner and Bay Area representative, Frayser Boy brought a refreshing sound to the Hypnotize Minds collective.

Along with Lil Wyte, he introduced people to the lifestyles of grinders in Memphis' Frayser community. Prior to Wyte and Frayser Boy's arrival, artists who rhymed about the city’s Whitehaven, South and North Memphis areas filled Hypnotize Minds' roster.

Frayser Boy’s sophomore album, Me Being Me, dropped in 2005. Although I thought his debut, Gone On That Bay, was better overall, the follow-up was still pretty solid.

The project’s title track/intro “Me Being Me” is one of the album's standouts. Frayser Boy's gritty lyrics mix perfectly with DJ Paul and Juicy J's signature production, catchy whistling sounds, and turntable scratches. 

Stream "Me Being Me" below.

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DreamFest Weekend to Showcase Memphis Talent, Promote Unity

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 1:25 PM

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Live music. Hip-hop ciphers. Local vendors. These are some of the things people can expect from the fourth annual DreamFest Weekend.

In addition to showcasing Memphis’ rich culture and music scene, the three-day music festival seeks to promote unity. The gathering was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr’s world-renowned “I Have a Dream” speech.

DreamFest kicks off Friday with a concert featuring performances from a diverse lineup of talent. Iron Mic Coalition, YoYo Munie, R.I.C.O., DJ DNyce, Jus Bentley, Chris Hill, DJ Wyzlyfe, DeJaNique, JROQSOL, and a multitude of others will grace the stage.

The concert will take place at the 1524 Events & Banquet Facility and be hosted by K97's Ena Esco. 

On Saturday, The Overlooked: Reloaded Showcase will also occur at the 1524 Events & Banquet Facility. The event will feature performances from Tyke T, Tori Whodat, Marco Pave, Hippy Soul, violinist Mario Williams, and several others. 

DreamFest weekend will end on Sunday at Minglewood Hall. Hip-hop heads Artistik Approach and Marco Pave will perform in the venue’s Madison Dance Studio for a special installment of “Artistik Lounge." 

Dreamfest is being presented by CLE Events in collaboration with Driven By Music and Artistik Lounge. Event sponsors include Evergreen Grill, Paradigm Dental, Brister Street Productions, Sweet Potato Baby, Angie Nicole Photography, Legacy SoulFood, Meekie's Munchies, and more.

Food and beverages will be available at all events throughout the weekend. 

Shay Johnson of CLE Events said she hopes DreamFest will blossom into the “Beale Street Music Festival of local artists.”

“We want DreamFest to be both a launching pad and a snapshot of what's happening on the Memphis music scene,” Johnson said. “We would definitely like to also incorporate more elements — panels, workshops for participating artists, etc. — but always keep an emphasis on promoting talent that's local to Memphis.”

All three days of DreamFest begins at 7 p.m. Admission to each event is $10.

For more information on DreamFest, click here.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Yo Gotti Drops First Track From Concealed Mixtape

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 12:51 PM

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CMG head honcho Yo Gotti will reportedly drop his new mixtape, Concealed, on a random day this week.

Before making the surprise release, Gotti’s decided to premiere a track off the project: "Real Rap." 

The song features legendary lyricist Jadakiss, and showcases the two trading verses about street endeavors over a soulful vibe laced by Young Starz.

Stream “Real Rap” below.


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DJ Paul Shows How to Make Pan-Seared Catfish

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 4:14 PM

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DJ Paul is known by many for co-founding the award-winning rap collective Three 6 Mafia and creating tracks that dominate clubs.

He's also an avid cook.

A few years ago, DJ Paul took his culinary passion to the next level and created his own barbecue rub and sauce. He also launched a cooking website that features special recipes and instructional videos.

Here is the recipe for DJ Paul’s pan-seared catfish:

1. Rinse catfish fillets
2. Coat the catfish with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1/2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper and DJ Paul’s BBQ Rub Seasoning
3. Cover catfish with saran wrap and place into refrigerator for 30 minutes
4. Place a pan over high heat on your stovetop and drizzle it with a little olive oil
5. When you start to see smoke rising from the pan, you can place the catfish onto the pan
6. Pan-fry the catfish for three minutes on each side
7. Add more DJ Paul’s BBQ Rub Seasoning, salt and pepper to taste
8. Serve with hot sauce or tartar sauce

Watch DJ Paul prepare the dish in the visual below.


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Yo Gotti No Longer Writes Lyrics Before Recording

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 3:20 PM

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Yo Gotti is slated to release his highly-anticipated album, The Art of Hustle, pretty soon. And he recently announced his forthcoming mixtape, Concealed, which will serve as an appetizer to the effort.

With two projects on the way, along with an extensive amount of content already out, one could assume a large portion of Gotti's day is consumed with writing music. But evidently it's not.

During a recent interview with VladTV, Gotti revealed he no longer writes lyrics down before recording. This is an approach also used by revered lyricists like Jadakiss, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and the late Notorious B.I.G.

Gotti explained by entering the booth without pre-written verses, he's able to deliver more emotion and convey himself more effectively in songs.

Check out the interview below. 

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday: MLK's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" Speech

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 5:15 PM

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On April 4th, 1968, a bullet from a Remington Model 760 rifle claimed the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The night before his assassination, King delivered his memorable “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech at Mason Temple, Church of God in Christ.

During the speech, King addressed the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, a work stoppage implemented by black sanitation workers who refused to labor until they received the same wages and treatment as their white colleagues.

King also spoke passionately about the importance of African-American unity, equal rights, and nonviolent protests. And he touched on the possibilities of him being murdered by whites, and expressed his determination to carry out God’s will.

Check out King’s groundbreaking speech below.


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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wave Chapelle Talks Curren$y, Rico Love and Yo Gotti

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 11:19 AM

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CMG representative Wave Chapelle recently sat down with DJ Smallz to reflect on some of the lessons he learned in 2014. 

During the interview, Wave touched on what he took away from being featured on Curren$y's “The Drive in Theatre” tour, receiving mentorship from Rico Love, and watching Yo Gotti record.

Check out the interview below. 
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Big K.R.I.T.'s "Rotation"

Posted By on Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 6:33 PM

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Big K.R.I.T., one of the illest lyricists to emerge in recent years, shined both lyrically and production-wise on his 2011 mixtape, Return of 4Eva.

One of my favorite vibes off the soulful, bass-ridden project is “Rotation.” On the track, K.R.I.T. expresses the love and appreciation he has for his old school Chevy.

Stream "Rotation" below. 

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