These last 2 artists are two of my favorites in the DC market. I've written about or attended their events before, but this time the difference is I created the event. It's been a while since I've chatted with these guys so I knew an interview would be a good way to break the ice. First up is Will Porter, better known as the "Canvas Killer". He's one of those guys who will conjure up his art on any surface and at any time, just for the heck of it. Some of his pieces you will understand immediately while others are thought-provoking and once you finally catch it, you may love it or not like the place that it took you emotionally. Either way, that polarizing effect makes you a fan of his work and the passion that he puts in every painting. Learn a little bit more about Will Porter, his influences and inspirations in the interview below.Read More
Silly is one of those cool, quiet types. If you don't know him, he might not say two words to you. Luckily for me, when I came across him I had mutual friends so I had no such problem. I've never really been a comic-book guy but if Silly were the artist, I would definitely be tuned in. His adoration for the "black woman" is rivaled by none that I have met through the internet or know personally. On any given day on social media, you might catch him posting tastefully beautiful pictures of women just for the sheer purpose of posting positive imagery. It was an HONOR to include this brother amongst the artists of #NaturalAffinityDC.Read More
In the coming days building up to #NaturalAffinityDC, I will introduce a series of interviews and writeups of the artists behind the event to create awareness and highlight their work. The first of these artists is my good friend, AddieRawr. An amazingly talented visual artist from Norfolk area and a fellow VCU attendee like myself, one could say I fell in love with her work through social media. Her paintings which draw their inspiration from fashion and black culture seem to be what inspired "Natural Affinity" in the first place. I wanted to showcase her and others' work uniquely while executing an original concept that I knew would be received well. Check out my conversation with AddieRawr down below.Read More
Generally known for songs that are a bit more hectic and aggressive, Detroit native emcee, Oba Rowland gives us this heartfelt, mellow track that implores you to have faith in him. As the video begins you witness him trade in his street clothes for a tuxedo and proceed to play the piano. It is a display of versatility not often seen in the but it sends home the fact that at the end of the day, these lyricists and emcees we get used to seeing with a microphone are musicians at heart who have fallen in love with the art.
Check out the visuals for DMV MC/Producer duo Brain Rapp and Nature Boi's first cut from their debut collaborative album Elevator Music. Where You Been, a track that they premiered to the VA crowd earlier this year at Epic Fest, is a fun-loving, feel-good track that exemplifies the summer. The amusing concept of Brain trying to find a party is executed while rockin' a "Brains Over Brawn" tank from our friends at DWEEB. If you enjoyed this track as I'm sure you did, you can listen to the rest of this project via soundcloud or buy it on iTunes.
Richmond’s resident crooner, Ramsey, is back with a warm-up to his highly anticipated debut EP A Million Thank Yous, with the Ze3 Beatz-produced freestyle, What You Say. Though, not an official single, the slick production would have you thinking otherwise. If you are a fan of Ramsey then this is nothing new, as the VA singer never gives anything less than 110%. Newer listeners will be instantly drawn in by the 90’s stylistics mashed with the new school hook. Listen to What You Say here and be ready for his performance at this year’s A3C in Atlanta next month.
An impromptu trip to New York City late last week earned me the privilege of taking in the sights at the Sneaker Freaker & Packer Shoes Pop-Up Store. Narrowly missing the launch party from the day before, this last-minute stop at the Refinery Hotel before heading back home proved itself worthy as I got to meet Mike Packer and view the collection. Their collaboration, which was a joint-venture with Puma was brought to life in this retail experience that was complete with themed displays and a wonderful staff at your disposal to answer any questions and meet your needs. The collection sold-out within hours of this event coming to a close, but they set aside a limited run of product along with a couple "additions" which will be available for a limited time on the Packer Shoes website starting today at 12 noon. Get yours before it's too late!
Two legendary DJ's from Richmond, VA, Skillz & DJ Lonnie B, came together Friday night to bring back two of the most iconic music artist the world has ever heard. A night with Michael Jackson & Prince, taking us back on journey of romantic lyrics and grooving harmonies that blew your mind. Havana 59's top floor terrace served as an appropriate setting as the two DJs brought life underneath the night skies, and people sang and danced the night away. Skillz & Lonnie B, kept the crowd on their toes, switching back and forth, creating a symphony of spins that made you 'Remember the Time'. A choir of die hard fans as 'Lets Go Crazy, Raspberry Beret, I Will Die 4 U' played through the speakers, and it was as if Prince himself was performing live. A great time was had by all who attended. Our photographer, Bobby, was on hand to capture the poignant moments, check out his gallery above.