When I decided to put together this weekly showcase, I knew that it would be an explosive and innovative idea. With all of SOHH's readers who log on daily to check out what's hot in hip-hop nationally, regionally, and locally, it seemed like a natural progression for all of Atlanta's unsigned talent to get massive exposure from arguably one of the hottest spots oh the planet â€" SOHH's Atlanta blog.
The biggest movers and shakers in the record business check out SOHH on a daily basis. So you never know who's gonna hear what you got to spit. And you better trust and believe that only the hottest tracks and tightest MCs will get put on. If it's not hot â€" you won't hear it. Period!
With such an overwhelming response, I chose four songs by three artists that I thought were just right to bust this shit out the gate. Check out your Atlanta's Own artists below. But don't forget, if you got something hot, send it my way. SohhGyant@Sohh.com
**Specific Rules for submissions. 1. Has to be an Atlanta or Southern Artist. 2. Email must include a picture, bio, and the track your trying to get heard. 3. Will consider all music, but it needs to be hip-hop enthused. 4.Must be Hot!
Itâ€™s looking like all the hype and publicity from the Bow Wow machine isnâ€™t helping much in the eyes of music critics. Brett Johnson, an Associated Press writer, has blasted Bow Wowâ€™s â€"Shad Gregory Mossâ€™sâ€" new album saying:
The production, handled mainly by Bow Wow's mentor, Jermaine Dupri, is often as tired as his lines. The strident, piano-driven "Give It to You" recalls a hard-bumping G-Unit throwaway beat while the serpentine synths of "Don't Know 'Bout That" is cookie-cutter snap music. Such missteps are curious signs that as Bow Wow grows older, he's not getting much wiser.
Though, I kinda agree with homeboi about the album, Iâ€™m still hoping that Bow Wow can still pull in an audience and sell records. You know I keep it real always, and I have to admit that I wasnâ€™t a fan of â€œShorty Like Mine,â€ and if Iâ€™m going to be honest. I couldnâ€™t listen through his entire new album, The Price of Fame. However, in Bow Wowâ€™s defense I will say: Heâ€™s making music for a much younger audience. No adult pass the age of 23 should be listening to Bow Wow and be anticipating a â€œwowâ€ (no pun intended) effect. Shorty is a tenny bopper rapper, making teeny bopper music. Iâ€™m curious to see what heâ€™s going to do on the charts. Are the females still with him? No matter how you feel about him the in the rap game heâ€™s still doing better then Lil Romeo.
Whatâ€™s up Family?
Ok, First and Foremost I have to apologize for the error of Fridayâ€™s post. I was out of town and also having tech problems that directly affected the Atlantaâ€™s Own post. Though, I doubt anyone was around to see it. I am reposting it today. These artists deserve their proper spotlight so here it is againâ€¦
Move over Miss Sophia youâ€™ve officially been replaced. Ms. Peachez has officially become the new favorite Drag Queen of Atlanta. This damn song has been getting mad radio play. I was hesitant about putting this video up for this week's poppin or floppin video of the week but since this is the holiday week and the last video of the year I figured, what the hell!
Donâ€™t look too much into it. Shit, it is what it is! Itâ€™s just straight up buffoonery. However, I can see why many think that hip-hop is dead.
SOHH.COM'S ATLANTA'S OWN IS HERE!!
SOHH.com's "Atlanta's Own" â€" A weekly series that will showcase the hottest and most innovative Atlanta artists is back. With the incredible response I got from last weeks debut, I know we doing BIG things. Check out your local talent! Show your love or (hate) for the up and coming hip-hop rookies.
Despite the unprofessionalism of Jeezy at the Tabernacle last week, and his much publicized radio rant with popular Radio personality Monie Love. It seems that people still wanted to fuck with the snowman as his sophomore effort came in at number one this week selling an impressive 352,000 copies. With unfavorable music reviews, a lackluster first single, and a diva like attitude to boot. Many thought that Jeezy would face his ultimate demise on the album charts with an incredible flop.
Like Shakiraâ€™s smash single â€"â€œThe Hips Donâ€™t Lieâ€, usually the streets donâ€™t either and the buzz on the street werenâ€™t good for the former dope dealer. However, the young aspiring fashion designer can pop many bottles in celebration as he beat the sophomore jinx and came out on top.
Though I have my opinions on Jeezy, which if youâ€™ve been around latelyâ€"youâ€™ve read how I feel, I am surprised and happy for him. Being in this business I can appreciate and commend anybody who stays on their hustle and can successfully seize the moment. With that saidâ€"congratulations Jeezy. Letâ€™s hope you donâ€™t experience a 81% nose dive like that other self proclaimed â€œbest rapper aliveâ€.
Whatâ€™s up Fam,
Yes! The comments are down yet again. I know, I know your over our technical problems, but you know what I say â€"â€œIt is what it isâ€. We will have them up and running momentarily. Iâ€™m sure yâ€™all remember my recent post on Andre and Big Boi. In that post I went on a rant regarding how I feel about Big Boi and Andre 3000 frontinâ€™ like their still a group. Since that post various news outlets have been a buzz about Big Boi going dolo for his upcoming lyrical effort, and today I got word from a very reliable source that Andre is also working on his solo effort. Does solo +solo= a group? I donâ€™t think so! Here is a snippet of the article that I found online.
Whatâ€™s up Family?
Yaâ€™ll sleep or something? Whatâ€™s up with the comments yesterday? I see you all didnâ€™t have much to say which is a first for the Atlanta blog. Yâ€™all work on that aiight.!!
My dude Randy Roper over at Ozone Magazine did an interesting editorial on â€œWhoâ€™s Gettinâ€™ â€¦And Whoâ€™s Not Gettin?â€ Itâ€™s a funny read in this monthâ€™s magazine. In the article he breaks down which rapper is getting the most ass and who getâ€™s no ass. There are a few southern rappers that I thought Iâ€™d share with you.
Rappers Who Gets Plenty Ass
T.I. - Itâ€™s apparent that T.I. loves Tiny, but damn, you know dude is still fucking up a storm out here. Wouldnâ€™t you if you had it like Tip?
Pimp C. - Pimp C was in jail almost four years but best believe heâ€™s still get all the ass he can manage.
Jay-Z - With BeyoncÃ© catering to him and Rhiana being unfaithful on his account, Jigga man stays getting a lot of ass. Jay-Z is at the point now where he gets that living legend type sex. It wouldnâ€™t be surprising if Hov hit Danica Patrick after the â€œShow Me What You Gotâ€ video shoot.
Fonsworth Bentley- Despite what some people might say about Mr. Bentley, heâ€™s got to be getting some major smash. The only question is whether heâ€™s the giver or the receiver.
Whatâ€™s up Family?
I got some quick news on Pastor Troy....
Rapper Pastor Troy was arrested by Atlanta police Friday morning on an alleged probation violation in Fayette County.
My sources confirmed to me that the 29-year-old performer, whose legal name is Micah Levar Troy, was doing a radio interview with Hot 107.9 radio station when a snitch called police to say that he was wanted on the Fayette warrant.
Troy, a College Park native, is best known for his dividing mixture of religious themes and the decidedly secular concerns of hardcore rap culture.
Officers went to the Hot 107.9 studios on Marietta Street and detained Troy until Fayette County deputies arrived shortly before 9 a.m. and took him into custody. A snitch will do it to you every time.
Developingâ€¦..(when I know more y'all will know more).
I hope everybody had a good weekend, I know I did. With all the drama of last week I needed some time to relax. I see nobody really paid attention to my new weekly series â€" Atlantaâ€™s Own â€" where I put four unsigned artists from Atlanta on this page for everybody to show your love(or hate) for. Yâ€™all was too busy worrying about The Snowman that you completely missed out on some hot tracks from local rappers who are trying to do their thing. So, since you all missed it on Friday Iâ€™m running it again today. Take the time to show your local boyâ€™s some love. Oh and by the way, with all the overwhelming male responses I got, I just wanted to shout out the ladies too. Ideally I want this to be a mixture of Atlantaâ€™s male, and female MCâ€™s. So to all my lyrically laced females out there; submit your shit my way so we can see what you got.
The time is finally here. Today kicks off the debut of Sohh.comâ€™s â€œAtlantaâ€™s Ownâ€ â€" A weekly series that will showcase the hottest and most innovative Atlanta artists.
When I decided to put together this weekly showcase, I knew that it would be an explosive and innovative idea. With all of Sohh.comâ€™s readers who log on daily to check out whatâ€™s hot in hip-hop nationally, regionally, and locally, it seemed like a natural progression for all of Atlantaâ€™s unsigned talent to get massive exposure from arguably one of the hottest spots oh the planet â€" Sohh.comâ€™s Atlanta blog.
The biggest movers and shakers in the record business check out Sohh.com on a daily basis. So you never know whoâ€™s gonna hear what you got to spit. And you better trust and believe that only the hottest tracks and tightest MCs will get put on. If itâ€™s not hot â€" you wonâ€™t hear it. Period!
With such an overwhelming response, I chose four songs by three artists that I thought were just right to bust this shit out the gate. Check out your Atlantaâ€™s Own artists below. But donâ€™t forget, if you got something hot, send it my way. SohhGyant@Sohh.com
1. Bless McFly
Growing up, Bless McFly experienced the best of both worlds. He was born and raised in the rough city of the Bricks until he and his family moved down south; first to South Carolina and then to Atlanta, GA. Understanding that the music business is more than just writing and recording songs, McFly also holds a love and compassion for performing and showcasing his talent to the world. He has a fly swagger and great confidence that can be seen when he graces the stage. BLESS McFLY- â€œIâ€™M DOIN ITâ€
2. DAT DAMN DROOP. Check out his track, DAT DAMN DROOP Feat. THE BISHOP EDDIE WONG- "CERTIFIED CRUNK SHIT" here.
With a raw and uncut universal voice, and musical influences such as Tupac and Scarface, Atlanta's Own G-Life paints vivid pictures of everyday living in urban America. With songs like "Damn" and "LA LA," G-Life shows his ability to make club bangers. Revealing he is no stranger to the street underworld, he divulges the game in "Swap it Out." And with "100 years/War Message," he also proves he is never afraid to tackle political views, and teach the youth something outside of everyday conversation. Check him out as he responds to Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" G-LIFE- â€œREPLACE YAâ€ -
4. V.I.S.U.A.L. aka D.N.A.
D.N.A entered the music scene in May of 1998. His common goals are to share his real life experiences along with his trials and tribulations. He was recently part of the 2005 Vans Warped Tour, and will be participating in other music endeavors. Be on the lookout for this up and coming artist because he has a lot to offer. V.I.S.U.A.L. is trying to restore hip-hop to what it once was -- Real hip-hop. He's ghostwritten for various underground acts that are up and coming like himself. Give his track a listen. V.I.S.U.A.L. AKA D.NA.-"NEVA GONNA CHANGE"
Yo if you think you got that fiyah then send your tracks my way. SohhGyant@Sohh.com
I just want to address one thing real quick before I move onto todayâ€™s topics. I read each and every one of you guyâ€™s, (and ladies) comments yesterday. I even responded a few times, which is something that I plan on doing more often. The thing that I want to make clear about Young Jeezyâ€™s â€œsecret locationâ€ concert the other night is that I didnâ€™t expect, nor should I have received any special treatment for his concert. While I am a published writer, that doesnâ€™t mean anything when youâ€™re on the red carpet â€" black in his case â€" and all you're trying to do is get your story. But I do expect a certain amount of respect and loyalty from my Atlanta artists when they come home to perform and more importantly promote their product. T.I. is arguably the hottest, most in demand rappers out there, yet whenever I see T.I. at a party or event and I ask him for a response or a picture, he happily obliges. If T.I. can do it, then Jeezy can for damn sure do it.
Before deciding to write my report on Young Jeezyâ€™s dismal album release concert that took place last night in Downtown Atlanta, I truly wrestled with my journalistic integrity and my inability to fake the funk. Sometimes journalists will try to put a positive spin on a story to keep an artist from any possible embarrassing moments. This practice is often used to keep them in the artistâ€™s good graces. Though I aspire to keep my opinions neutral, I often fail as I feel that it is my duty to keep it real as I can with each and every one of you. With that being said, I have to tell you that to call Young Jeezyâ€™s promotional concert a disappointment would be a major understatement.
The estimated sales figures have been released for last week and its too bad Lil Scrappy canâ€™t bask in success as his newly released CD â€" Bred 2 Die, Born 2 Live â€" has completely bombed coming in at # 24 selling a meager 84,000 units sold (estimated tally, the final sales will be released later on today). While the streets were all a buzz about Scrappyâ€™s â€" G-Unit association, it seems that at the end of the day nobody cared as his, Breed 2 Die, Born 2 Live, failed to garner the majority of the hip-hop communites support. Without a major single to sustain his album how did anyone expect Scrap to come in any higher? While the argument could be made that his affiliation with the â€œBig Bullyâ€ of the rap game â€" G-Unit, has turned fans off, the one thing that canâ€™t be said is that there wasnâ€™t enough marketing and promotion done to push this album into a top ten success. Despite the fact that many people feel that SOHH.com are G-Unit haters (which are basless accusations), if youâ€™ve paid even the slightest bit of attention to our innovative and highly popular site, you would have noticed that Lil Scrappy was heavily promoted on this site.
Whatâ€™s up Family?
You know what time it is. We got another video from one of Atlantaâ€™s most popular rappers, TI. Lil dude is like the new Puffy. Do you remember how Puffy Combs was dropping hits like every month at the height of his career? Thatâ€™s how Iâ€™m looking at TI. Though he had a slow start with his first two albums (compared to his current national success), he is living proof to all of us to keep striving.
Here is his new video:
TI - "Top Back" (Remix). The video is hot and the Grand Hustle crew embraces the southern culture with the big cars, thick women, and our signature playeristic style.
Is it Poppin or Floppin?
Is hip-hop dead? A lot of people seem to think so, including myself. Young Jeezy got into a heated argument with NY DJ Monie Love over the current state of hip-hop in a recent interview. At first their banter was very tongue in cheek when Monie inquired about Jeezy's opinion regarding Lil Wayneâ€™s recent comments about Jay-Z claiming that hip-hop was dead.
But when Young Jeezy proceeded to give a standardized response, thatâ€™s when the discussion turned ugly. The end result had Young Jeezy suddenly storming out of the studio. Check it out! YOUNG JEEZY GETTING FRUSTRATED
Speaking of Frustrated....
I know a lot of yâ€™all are pissed about the comments being disabled, but you got to remember that sohh.com is trying to step up the competition and make our shit pop with excitement. Just bare with us, we will get it together, aight?
Whatâ€™s good Fam?
As usual Lil Wayne and Baby drew major hits yesterday. We had a lot of comments made. Some good, and some not so good but thatâ€™s the beauty of expression. Around here you can say what ever the FUCK you want to say.
Yo I know you had to have heard about Bow Wow, and his supposed off the chart comments dissing everybody from Ciara, to Jermaine Dupri recently. Initially it sounded like lil dude was starting to become an ungrateful bastard. However, Bow seems to have his feet firmly on the ground as he has released an official statement letting all the haters know that itâ€™s NOTHING but love between he and everybody.
What they do family?
Sorry about the blogs being down yesterday but hey, shit happens, right? The Internet is a wonderful and often times unpredictable thing. But, you're all back so obviously you understand and you won't hold that against us.
I got a lot to talk about today! First off I have been getting a lot of e-mails recently over Billboard.com's report that Akon is going to be working on Whitney Houston's up-tempo tracks from her highly anticipated come-back album. When I say "highly anticipated," I understand that's a stretch. I'm not sure if people are anticipating it because of admiration or because it could possibly resemble a vocalistic (yea I just made that word up) car crash that we couldn't turn our eyes or ears away from. No matter what the reason I'm not sure if three semi hits from Akon elevates his status to working with arguably one of the greatest voices of our time.
Whatâ€™s up Family?
Yo I got to admit that I was hella surprised with the responses from yesterdayâ€™s Young Jezzyâ€™s post. Who would have thought that there are still some people in my city who can see through the hype of an artist and actually decipher what REAL hip-hop is? No disrespect Jeezy but it is what it is.
Yesterday it was Jagged Edge and now itâ€™s 112. As you all know yesterday I got word that Jagged Edge was dropped from Sony DESPITE their denial. And today I got word from my homegirl Sandra Rose that 112 is one member short as Daron Jones has supposedly left the group. If you donâ€™t know who Daron is â€" he was the one who got the plastic surgery and is the tallest member, (or should I say Ex-member) of the rhythimicly soothing quartet. Though there is no official statement from the melodic southerners as of yet Iâ€™m sure we will be hearing more about this in the coming days, so stay tuned.
What's it is Family?
I got in late last night from partying too hard at Magic City but I'm NEVER too tired to stay on my hustle â€" which is SOHH.com.
Though Young Jeezy did an alright performance at The BillBoard Awards last night, it's going down over at Bad Boy South and Block Entertainment.
Whatâ€™s da deal, everyone?
What a weekend! Shout out to my special informant who attended V103â€™s own Ryan Cameronâ€™s birthday bash. It seems that my invitation keeps getting lost in the mail when Ryan has events. Still, the Gyant wonâ€™t be denied. All the Atlanta celebs were in attendance. Bobby Valentino, Michael Vic, Emmanuel Lewis (Webster), Frank Ski and others came to celebrate Ryanâ€™s â€¦ damn, I forgot how old He is. â€œYo, Ryan, how old are you?â€
From what I hear, the line to get into the spot, which was held at Club 112, was thick as hell. The bottles were poppin and everybody was toastin it up in celebration of one of Atlantaâ€™s own country boys. Hereâ€™s to you, Ryan! Keep doin your thing. And next year, Iâ€™l be looking for my personal invitation â€¦
What it is Fam?
Yo, I found some shit online that Iâ€™m on the fence about discussing. With me being a Libra we are rarely on the fence about anything so Iâ€™m going to tread really lightly here.
BOW IS GOING TO PLAY GAY!!!!!!!!
Was that subtle enough? Yo, Iâ€™m bugging at this shit. OK, I know we live in Atlanta which is one of the gayest cities in America. (If you donâ€™t know then you obviously havenâ€™t been to the Lennox Mall) but I never thought in a million years that one of the princes of hip-hop would take it there by possibly playing a daring new role as a big-time, bisexual, New York drug dealer. Supposedly it's John Singleton's new project and the movie is tentatively entitled "Boys." Reportedly, the script is (somewhat) homoerotic and involves a gay love scene.