For some people, the Atlanta rap scene has become synonymous with mumble rap but emcee J. Nolan plans to change all of that real quick with Rise of ATLantis.
I’ve been working with this talented guy since 2012 so I was dying to sit down and catch up. Since discovering him and posting his music in 2012, this artist has gotten his music in A LOt of higher places including TV and music placements; most recently being featured on the Instagram of Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel. On top of that, J Nolan has started his own blog entitled Fresh and Local ATL. Here he gives other up and coming emcess the opportunity to feature their music and events as well as recommending healthy eating options and holistic practices for the everyday human. (But only if it’s fresh).
Watch the interview below to hear us talk about the Atlanta rap scene, movie and TV placements, old school vs new school hip hop and more! Be on the lookout for Rise of ATLantis dropping early in the fall!
There are plenty of interesting events for creatives in the beautiful city of Atlanta, but I haven’t seen one that combined art and fashion quite like Life Size Coloring Book. The art show featured clothing from Wildlyfe Clothing, Steez Fiends, Bryn Mawr , BBX Lifestyle; as well as visual art from several incredibly talented visual artists. It also featured performances from The Lvrds and even a special appearance/performance from Kap G! Check out some of the fye merch and click the links to purchase!
As we all know, love can be a hell of an emotional rollercoaster. Sometimes heartbreak feels like it can literally be the end of you. For anyone that can identify with that feeling, Aster the Gemini has a song for you.
Sound Suicide is a lyrical work of art that beautifully details the narrative of a man who;’s lost his love and maybe his life. As the story plays out on the track it leaves the listener wondering if it makes it out in one piece. Listen to the track below to find out the fate of the fallen fawner.
New music from one of New Atlanta’s most outspoken influencer Maui Max. The young emcee has been making some noise on the scene for quite some time qith his introspective bars and philosophical perspective on things both ratchet ans sophisticated. He has also distinguished himself by being extremely open with struggle with depression. I, as well as many others in the industry, commend him for infusing his bars with the realness. The black community has had a problem with masking our mental health issues, but I am so grateful for this generation of artists being a light and creating a dialogue that can save lives. Take a trip with Max above in the visuals for When I’m Geeked.
As we all know, the creative scene in the city of Atlanta pushes the culture of the entire country, and word even when it comes to movies, fashion and more. The Ross Review spearheaded by Atlanta’s own Kimberly Ross has been catching up with some of the city’s most buzzworthy musicians, curators, fashion powerhouses and more to gain an authentic perspective of the ever-evolving scene. This session with King Quando is no different.
Taking place in Bankhead, the infamous West Side abode of Bowen Homes’ own Shawty Lo, the interview with Quando gives even someone who’s never been to Atlanta an accurate aura immediately. Kim goes into depth with the up and coming emcee about his music, his hood, the everlasting legacy of Mr. DunDun himsef and more. Check it out and don’t forget to subscribe to meet some of Atlanta’s biggest influencers before they become household names!
In a world of songs with starter pack samples, Lonely x Nasaandelivers a sultry ’90s hit in a new and refreshing way. Produced by JoFlame, the track has an R&B feel with a hiphop, down Souf bounce that’s sure to please the ears of both oldheads and cool kids alike.
Nasaan has been making a name for himself on Soundcloud for a grip, and this single is another sure hit for the emerging emcee. With a solid alley oop from JustMario on the hook, the track gives us the best of both worlds. Listen next time you’re feeling a little lonely.
I love an artist who dares to be different and take the road less traveled. The Windy City’s ownCharlie Xilehas breathed a fresh air of life into me with the new his new single, Not That Girl.
As a prominent and proud member of the LGBT community, bold is one of the many things this multi-faceted artist has had to be. His bars much his instantly intriguing aura as he lets us know that “in Wonderland, [he’s] Alice” and refers to himself as a “legendary cunt.” (I’m upset I didn’t coin the term, tbh). His bars are no joke, and speaking of bars, the two men changed by the neck in the video also indicate Mr. Xile shows no mercy to those who cross him. Check out the major symbolism in the video, my favorite of which Charlie wears an American flag around his neck like a noose as he proclaims “you a dumb ho, you get strangled.” Here. For. It.
Check out the official visuals for the song below and def check my site soon as I am sure to follow this entertaining and intelligent emcee as he continues to break all the rules while still keeping us all in line.
As the summer draws to a close, I’ve been looking for some mellow hiphop to vibe out and think about the imminent approach of cuffing season. I found the perfect track to do so with in Wrong Way x WhatIsDoms. The soothing and sweet track entails the demure side of Doms as he serenades a love interest that has been clearly going the wrong way and taking much less than she deserves in her previous relationships.
Rather than dirty mackin’ and focusing on what the next guy isn’t doing, the song shows off all the things that girls love to receive in relationships from fast replies and quality time. The production by JoFlame will steal your heart just as quickly as the lyrics. Go the right way and listen to this track below.
ATL’s own Kodie Shane provides us with new and improved visuals that showcase her unique swagger in Drip On My Walk. The MC on the rise has been making some noise on the indie Atlanta scene for quite some time due to her unique style, innovative approach to hip hop and colorful personality. This video combines all three in a way that’s instantly captivating and makes you want to hear and see more.
Peep the colorful and creative vid and you’ll see a lot of Lil Yachty, who Kodie was at one point rumored to be possibly boo’d up with. *insert lurkin’ eyes emoji* Although they both shut those rumors down, you can check out the undeniable bond between the two below. You can also catch a glipse of Kodie posted up in front of a building formally known as Department Store a cultural hub for many of New Atlanta’s most buzzworthy new artists for the past several years such as Makonnen, 6lack as well as Kodie herself. Do it for the culture Kodie!