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!
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.
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!
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!
Whenever I think of Detroit it’s usually synonomous with being cold. Not too into that. Luckily talented track runner Tony GotTheMunchies brings some real heat from the Motor City with his new single Guilty. This laidback but energetic excerpt [which lasts exactly 3:13, ayyeee] has infectious punchlines and an even more memorable hook.
Produced by Taylor King, the track with its evolving bass lines and airy feel definitely leaves you with the munchies wanting to vibe at to at least one more track…or a couple. Feed your appetite for hiphop by listening to this track below.
Fresh off the success of Cocaine in the Evening, Shaun B returns with a startling new single ‘Indie.’ The East Atlanta native creates an element that can only be described as a state of euphoria. From the SlowKings production, to the strong pen and vocal range, even down to the Cam Kirk visual concept everything together is nothing less than exceptional. The airy light feel of the music combined with the monster bass on the production give us the best of both worlds on this ridin-round-town worthy track.
The Norf side of Atlanta hasn’t gotten much love over the years. Everyone bangs east, west, or SOUFSIDE, but until Migos came to be a household name, not many banged for the North Side. B.L.A.C.K. Baron, however, is not one of those people.
On the track Mayretta, Baron introduces us to his neck of the woods in a way that hasn’t been done before. While most people from Atlanta think of Cobb County, specifically Marietta as the suburbs and devoid of the real, he shows us that there are plenty cool cats pushing the culture. While the debate rages on about whether Cobb or Gwinnett is the real north side, Baron surely sets a strong argument for 75N side. For the remx, he leaned with Eastside emcee extraordinaire and No Genre’s own Scotty ATL for some real A Town ish! Check out Mayretta below, and let me know
which north side you’re rocking with!
It’s somewhat rare for an artist’s name to provide an accurate explanation of them as an individual, but for New Atlanta artist Dope Diana, it’s just that simple. In a world so full of negativity, Diana is an artist that pledges to promote positivity by any means, both through her music and her life. The title track off of her upcoming project From Nothing is no different.
On a jazzy and jovial beat, Dope Dian talks about how it feels to have succeeded after overcoming all of life’s struggles. The track can also be a huge source of motivation for someone who is at a low point in life. It’s a danceable song that comes along with a mantra that we are all dope, all unable to be defeated by anything that life throws at us. Check it out below and make sure to add it to your morning playlist to get your day started in the dopest way.