My Brother’s Keeper – Atlanta’s Most Influential 2010 PT.1
Ok, Ok, Ok!!! Wildstyle, Breakin’, Graffiti Rock, Beat Street… were just a few to capture the Hip-Hop culture on the “Big Screen” in it’s early stages, but who are Atlanta’s starring crew? I mean who are the people that keep Atlanta’s Indie scene alive from day to day? You know the “go-getters” and “trendsetters” of the different tiers and facets of our beloved local Hip-Hop scene? I decided to put my money and time, where my heart was and honor these people by presenting them with award plaques and throwing a show called “My brother’s Keeper” . Tag teaming w/ the “Temple of Hip-Hop’s” own Minister Server and bringing the legendary “Cold Crush Brothers” for “MBK” show #2. Show #1 was thrown in 2008 at Atlanta’s own Apache cafe. S/O to Unique Squared for sponsoring part of this historical 2010 event… “And the winners are”… Enjoy!!!
1. GOLDI GOLD – GRAPHIC DESIGN (GRAFFITI ARTIST)
Golden Aurelien loses sleep for the sake of his craft at least once a week , year round. Better known as “Goldi Gold”, born in Newark and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. This extremely talented visual artist would later end up in Atlanta. Goldi’s work first started receiving praise & attention when he started using internet communities as virtual galleries for his artistic projects. His online gallery showing grew larger after getting plenty of encouragement from fellow artist, Miya Bailey. Bailey is a world-class tattooist and fine artist who also owns “City of Ink” , Atlanta’s flyest Hip-hop driven tattoo shop and art gallery (located downtown Atlanta). Simply complex is just one way to describe Goldi Gold’s work. With crisp lines and bold colors, he created his own Hip-Hop influenced style… detailing features and making colors splash into one another in a way that is unique and exciting. Goldi learned basic computer graphics at Art institute of Atlanta before being kicked out. He managed using what he learned in class mixed series of trial and error attempts. As a youth, Goldi adopted a love for early Hip-Hop artists such as Rakim, Kool G Rap and PoSdonus. He also admires & adores the work of comic book artists Frank miller and Mike Zeck. Goldi’s work is closely related to the work of Emory Douglas, the Black Panther Party’s Minister of Culture from 1967 to the 80s. Golden’s work has been featured in various magazines… including Urban Ink, Ozone, Brother’s Perspective and Crunk. Not to mention the numerous amount of notable art shows, Goldi is staying well grounded in his craft… as a visual soothsayer. Goldi Gold is currently in the creative process of piecing together a book titled “Complex Simplicity”, a collection of work that will drop sometime 2011. “The Man with the Golden Hands” is also founder & head fashion designer for his urban hip-hop fused clothing line: Jungle45 , featuring the latest urban wear & a tag-a-long cultural blog (junglejem45.blogspt.com). If, Golden Aurelien is not traveling in a “Art, Beats + Lyrics” art show or designing images for a Hope for Haiti Benefit, FTP (feed the people) event , he’s probably just getting ready to save the world. Goldi , we admire & salute you! Congratulations!!!
GRAPHIC ARTIST HONORABLE MENTION 2010
DTM(Dan the Man)
2. ZULU QUIC- B-BOY/B-GIRL (ZULU NATION)
Miguel “Quic” Rojas infamously known as B-boy Quic, was born and raised in the ever so colorful borough of the Bronx in New York City. Being Puerto Rican during the 80’s and 90’s in the birth place of Hip Hop, Quic found himself always exposed to different music, culture and dance. His family love to dance salsa and his sister got him involved with hip hop at a very young age. By the time Quic turned 18 he started his first B-boy crew in Atlanta, Ga… which is now known as the “Funk Lordz”. Eight years later he has traveled, performed, battled and taught across the country. Planting seeds allowed the “Funk Lordz” to spread & represent Quic’s vision now in seven cities across the globe. In 2006 he became a member of the Universal Zulu Nation by joining the MZK chapter (Mighty Zulu Kingz) who are the originators of B-boying (break dancing) dating back to the 70’s and are now the most influential dancers on the planet. At that point, Zulu Quic became the highest ranked B-boy in Georgia… but Quic was not satisfied and decided to move back to NYC for a spell to find the true roots and his reason for dancing. Building with legends & originators helped him progress in his unmatchable routines & swift movements. Quic is currently back in Atlanta and runs his own “Atlantis Zulu Chapter”, as well as the “Funk Lordz”. He continues to teach, battle & perform with grass root organizations to high-end corporations and legendary artists such KRS One, Talib Kweli, Methuzulah, Atlanta Hawks, National Black Arts Festival, Kenneth Cole, Macy’s, Kulturez, Y3, Scion, Adidas to to name a few. It’s not a hobby for Zulu Quic… it’s a lifestyle. He also is CEO of a Clothing company named “Kulturez” alongside his brother Mayan Tamang. Plus, he is the very future for the Atlanta LowLow scene. Quic means to Hip-Hop, what the cardboard box did to Crazy Legs in 1984! Zulu Quic, we admire & salute you! Congratulations!!!
B-BOY/B-GIRL HONORABLE MENTION 2010
3. DJ RASTA ROOT- DJ (PRODUCER/MANAGER)
Born with the name Dion Liverpool and originally from Canada, Dj Rasta Root relocated to Atlanta where he happened to find success and solace on the radio, in the club, and the corporate event scene. Rasta Root has been rocking the decks for over 15 years. Roots has an extensive music library archived with countless genres and a magician-like knack to play the right music at the right time for any crowd. His worldwide eclectic style and virtual ability to read his audience comes mainly from a three year DJ tour of Japan. While performing night after night in venues and concerts he learned the importance of appealing to both his Japanese fans and American audiences. Still to this day he takes the same approach with every performance by analyzing each audience and playing the exact tunes that crowd wanted to hear. Also an accomplished and decorated producer, he owns a production label: Smokin’ Needles Records and has composed tracks for the Dallas Mavericks’ and was hand selected to attend and work at the Red Bull Music Academy in Rome, Italy. Not to mention Roots has also spun in Europe, Phillipines, Canada, US, and most of the Caribbean. He currently controls the turntables and produces for the likes of A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg. Together with Phife, they run Smokin’ Needles Records. Rasta Root produced the first single from Smokin’ Needles in 2003 called ‘U Know U Want It’, which also features label affiliates Jax, Hawkeye, and Slick & Rose. Roots also plans to be 1st in the beat placement line for the highly anticipated reunion album by A Tribe Called Quest. Rasta Root, Phife, and Jax previously departed to Japan for the “Smokin’ Needles 2003 Winter Tour”, which was a success. They entertained US military bases and local Japanese hip hop fans. You can catch Roots on stage with Phife, in the Dj booth or at a packed club anywhere around the world. He has also opened shows in Japan for the likes of Redman, Nas, Busta Rhymez, and the Wu-tang Clan. In Atlanta, he quickly made his name through the local club circuit, opening for artists such as KRS-One, Noriega, A Tribe Called Quest and Rakim. Roots found an early home for himself on 88.5FM WRAS on “The Bomb”, at Georgia State University. which was 100,000 watts and at the time… the biggest college signal in the US. Finally, Rasta Root had got his chance for the city of Atlanta and the surrounding areas to hear his ill mixes and dope blends. Under Smokin’ Needles, Phife and Roots would form a unique dj/mc team, with Phife handling mic duties and Roots holding down the sounds. They rock parties from NY to Tokyo utilizing their Caribbean roots to spice up any hip hop or dancehall event. Roots is the resident dj at Atlanta’s MJQ and has rocked there with the likes of Quest Love, Bobbito, Rich Medina, and many other legendary hip-hop notables. In 2004, Rasta Root took over the management of Phife. Together they appeared on Midway Games “NBA Ballers” on a track called “NBA Ballout”. In 2006, Roots started his monthly residency at MJQ with his own night called “Face-Off Fridays”. This event teams him up with some of Atlanta’s greatest djs to provide the scene with many memorable fun-filled Friday nights. Rasta Roots management roster has included Phife, A Tribe Called Quest, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Chip, and Slick & Rose.Sooner or later Roots’ this roster will aid him in launching Riddim Kidz Management company. Rasta Root is a true musical genius and a ninja-like multi-tasker. Dj Rasta Root, we admire & salute you! Congratulations!!!
HIP-HOP DJ HONORABLE MENTION 2010
DJ DUG BOOGIE
DJ SOL MESSIAH
4. 4-IZE – EMCEE (RECORDING ARTIST)
Born Tony Hayes III this lyrical sorcerer hails originally from the West Suburbs of Chicago (Oak Park), Illinois. 4-IZE focuses on using every letter and every word as a verbal weapon in his uphill battle to reach success in the music industry. Wearing glasses used as his third eye to see his way through the deepest depths of the world. 4-IZE , ironically took what was once an unfortunate insult as a child, and uses it as his “moniker”. It serves as a ongoing constant reminder of how he learned self-confidence in his struggle to be a genuine individual. 4-IZE began rapping in 1991 and was in a group known as the “Loudmouth Hooligans”, a group that included “Ludacris”. Together they began performing at local hometown events, talent show competitions and record company sponsored showcases. In 1999, 4-IZE relocated to Atlanta, GA in order to further his musical career. Hip-Hop fans have already experienced a taste of 4-IZE’s lyrical abilities and onslaught on both 3X Platinum albums by Def Jam South recording artist, Ludacris. 4-IZE was a major contributor to the phenomenal album sales of “Back for the First Time”, in 2000 and “Word of Mouf”, in 2001. 4-IZE released his debut album “Fantastik 4-IZE” as a heavily online based project in 2007 on iTunes. 4-IZE is currently an unsigned indie artist with major industry affiliation, and an extremely strong underground following, worldwide. If 4-ize isn’t writing , recording or performing… he’s silently planning his attack! 4-IZE, we admire & salute you! Congratulations!!!
EMCEE HONORABLE MENTION 2010
5. SPEAKEASY-PROMOTIONS (BOOKING AGENT)
Born into the world Brannon Boyle and representing as a “Atlanta Baby”, Speakeasy runs the one of city’s dopest underground promotions and booking companies. He manages to book & promote shows, design flyers, and direct videos. B.Easy seems to always have a lot going on. So, instead of writing a lengthy paragraph I decided to list some of his past business endeavors and dopest shows to date… the list is rather long! Word!
Here’s the list of some of the venues, parties, and artists he’s worked with:
a3c Hip Hop Festival
Snoop Dogg / Slightly Stoopid
Devin the Dude
Method Man and Redman
People Under the Stairs
C Rayz Walz
Jeru the Damaja
Count Bass D
Jedi Mind Tricks
The Foriegn Exchange
Art, Beats, and Lyrics
Eyedea and Abilities
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Free Moral Agents
Some reoccurring shows:
Hip Hop Jam Session at Apache Cafe every Tuesday
Atlanta Funk Society every Monday at the 5 Spot
The Speakeasy event series. (#10 tba)
Free Acid at the 529 (#2 tba)
Stay Productive (#3 tba)
Speakeasy, we admire & salute you! Congratulations!!!
PROMOTER HONORABLE MENTION 2010