Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The BEATnik Chronicles - FOLLOWTHEHAT (NYC): Pt. 5

This is the 5th Installment of The BEATnik Chronicles - FOLLOWTHEHAT NYC Edition. In this episode Our Hero, D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik heads to His Hometown of Philly to rock with DJ Aktive @ VANGO Lounge & Skybar!! As always D.R.E.S. never ceases to amaze crowds with His ease & ability to as He puts it "Makes sure everyone gets to the same destination at the same time"!! Also, check out His patented club closer ASSHOLE MODE(TM), as He let loose as only tha BEATnik can. Guest Appearances from recording Artist Hezekiah, Promoter Extraordinaire T-Bonique, Ms. Nicole Chatmon & Filmmaker Troy Chambers. So Sit Back, Relax & Enjoy the Show!! And a Always FOLLOWTHEHAT!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

The BEATnik Chronicles - FOLLOWTHEHAT (NYC): Pt. 4

This is the 4th Installment of The BEATnik Chronicles - FOLLOWTHEHAT NYC Edition. In this episode Our Hero, D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik takes to the Streets & Boroughs of the BIG APPLE to find His Piece of the Pie!! It's after The WORLD FAMOUS ROOTS JAM SESSION at The HIGHLINE BALLROOM and D.R.E.S. is headed to one of His favorite After Show Pastimes - Goin to the Nearest Diner to grab a Bite to eat before He heads to Philly to Rock with DJ Aktive!! Crowd reactions & Good vibrations from His Set are all a Plenty... So Sit Back, Relax & Enjoy the Show!! And a Always FOLLOWTHEHAT!! http://www.twitter.com/dresthabeatnik or http://thebeatnikchronicles.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The BEATnik Chronicles - FOLLOWTHEHAT (NYC): Pt. 3

This is the 3rd Installment of The BEATnik Chronicles - FOLLOWTHEHAT NYC Edition. In this episode Our Hero, D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik takes to the Streets & Boroughs of the BIG APPLE to find His Piece of the Pie!! It's Showtime at The WORLD FAMOUS ROOTS JAM SESSION at The HIGHLINE BALLROOM and D.R.E.S. has been tapped to take the Stage... Equipped with only Himself, His Hat & His Lighter ETHEL, D.R.E.S. literally RIPS through an Amazing 9-song set in under 10Mins backed by THE LEGENDARY ROOTS CREW, much to the Amazement of the Sold Out Crowd!! Sit Back, Relax & Enjoy the Show!! And a Always FOLLOWTHEHAT!! http://www.twitter.com/dresthabeatnik or http://thebeatnikchronicles.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

SMART IS THE NEW COOL RADIO - 11/23/09

This is the November, 23rd 2009 Episode of SMART IS THE NEW COOL Radio!!



SMART IS THE NEW COOL Playlist 11/23/09

Hova Needs This – Alex Goose
Harlem Shuffle – Bob & Earl
All Caps - Madvillain (VIDEO)
The Melodians – By The Rivers Of Babylon
Untitled – Q-Tip
Commercial Break #1(EVIAN)
Lil Young – Masta Ace & Ed O.G.(VIDEO)
SKYPE INTERVIEW: The GRAND EMPERIAL DJ MAJESTIK
Leflaur Laflah Eskoshka – Heltah Skeltah f. O.G.C.
Just Me & You – Tony, Toni,Tone
Take Off The Blues – Foreign Exchange(VIDEO)
There’s Always Something There To Remind Me - Naked Eyes
Commercial Break #2(SONY)
Feel Good, Inc. – Gorillaz(VIDEO)
SMART IS THE NEW COOL PERSON OF THE WEEK: Harpo Marx
Dumb It Down – Lupe Fiasco f. Gemini(VIDEO)
Beautiful(Remix) – Mary J. Blige f. Black Star
END SHOW

Monday, November 23, 2009

The BEATnik Chronicles - FOLLOWTHEHAT (NYC): Pt. 2

This is the 2nd Installment of The BEATnik Chronicles - FOLLOWTHEHAT NYC Edition. In this episode Our Hero, D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik takes to the Streets & Boroughs of the BIG APPLE to find His Piece of the Pie!! Special Guest Appearance by The Legendary Roots Crew, Pupu Bajah, Y-O of U-N-I, Sahr Ngaujah Star of FELA!, Ginny Suss of Okayplayer.com and even some "Celebrity Look-a-likes"... LOL!! Sit Back, Relax & Enjoy the Show!! And a Always FOLLOWTHEHAT!! http://www.twitter.com/dresthabeatnik or http://thebeatnikchronicles.blogspot.com

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The BEATnik Chronicles - FOLLOWTHEHAT (NYC): Pt. 1

This is the 1st Installment of The BEATnik Chronicles - FOLLOWTHEHAT NYC Edition. In this episode I'm taking to the Streets & Boroughs of the BIG APPLE to find My Piece of the Pie!! Special Guest Appearance by the Legendary GRAIG G of the JUICE CREW makes an Rare & Unforgettable Appearance! Sit Back, Relax & Enjoy the Show!! http://www.twitter.com/dresthabeatnik On faceBook & Twitter Look for the #FOLLOWTHEHAT Trending Topic to find out where tha BEATnik will be Next!!!


Monday, October 5, 2009

SMART IS THE NEW COOL RADIO - 10/5/09

This is the October 5th 2009 Episode of SMART IS THE NEW COOL RADIO... Enjoy!!!


SMART IS THE NEW COOL 10/5/09
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What's The Difference? by Dr. Dre (Instrumental)
Something About You by Level 42
Little Bit by Likke Li
A3C Discussion
Go All Out by Buckshot & 9th Wonder
Sweet Freedom by Michael McDonald
All Is Love by karen O & the Kids
Groove Me by Guy
Tom's Diner by Susanne Vega & DNA
KeiOpensDoors Call In
Holy Are You by Rakim
A Night to Remember by Shalamar
So Damn Down by Tanya Morgan
Genius Of Love by Tom Tom Club
The Big U by The Blow
Everything She Wants By WHAM!!
DJ SPS 2008 DMC Championship Routine by DJ SPS
I'm Still Standing by Elton John


Saturday, October 3, 2009

SONG OF THE DAY! - 10/3/09

In Light of the last 24 Hours... I wanted to offer this song!! It's by Robbie Nevil the Song is called Ces't La Vie!! Enjoy and Comment!!!


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SMART IS THE NEW COOL RADIO - 9/28/09

SMART IS THE NEW COOL - 9/28/09

This is the September 28th, 2009 Episode of SMART IS THE NEW COOL RADIO!! We're Back people... with a new attitude, new direction and new purpose to Win!! You can check Us out Each and Every from 4p - 6p on
http://dresthabeatnik.ning.com and click the SMART IS THE NEW COOL tab on the Site!! Till then enjoy this weeks show and support the Artists on the Playlist!!!



SMART IS THE NEW COOL RADIO Playlist 9/28/09

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Golden Void by Alex Goose
3 Words by The Reservoir Dogs
A Star Is Born by Jay-Z & J. Cole
Bread Sandwiches by Bernard Wright
Healer (Remix) by Erykah Badu f. Pharoahe Monch
Baby Phat '09 by Skillz f. Colin Munroe
D.O.A.(Remix) by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears
Reelfire by Foreign Beggars
Owner Of A Lonely Heart by YES
Close Call by 88-Keys f. Phonte
Could Heaven Be Like This by Idris Muhammad
New Wu by Raekwon f. Ghostface Killah & Method Man

Friday, September 11, 2009

THE GRAND CONDUCTOR is HERE!!!



This is the Tracklist for My Latest Offering to the World... The Album is called "THE GRAND CONDUCTOR". This Album is a Collection of My Journeys in this Hip Hop game. I'm a HUMAN BEATBOXER, MC, HOST & PRODUCER and You'll hear every facet of that on this Offering. With Guest Appearances from KILLER MIKE, ANTHONY DAVID, THE THUNDAKATZ, DJ RASTA ROOT, MINAMINA GOODSONG, CYPHER LINGUISTICS, ISHUES, TEABAG da HERBALIST, SLICK & ROSE, INFINITE DoP, QUALM SCOTT, G.A.G.E. MONEY & British Philosopher ALAN WATTS!!!

With Production by The BEAT BULLIES, RICKY RAW of DROP BOMBZ, THE THUNDAKATZ, PGNUT of MINAMINA GOODSONG, ANTHONY DAVID, Top cat of MASS COMM, Mr. RASSLIN, HANO LEATHERS & JORMA STARRETT of ATTICA SOUND & D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik!!

THE GRAND CONDUCTOR

1. SURROUNDED BY GREATNESS – Cypher Linguistics & D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced By Ricky Raw)

2. MICROPHONE FITNESS SESSION (LIVE) – D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced By Anthony David / Cuts by DJ Rasta Root)

3. MY PART OF TOWN (LIVE) – D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Originally Recorded by TUFF CREW)

4. HOW I MAKE MY LIVING (Skit) – Denzel Washington & Cynda Williams
(Excerpt from the Motion Picture “MO BETTER BLUES”)

5. ELEVATION – D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik f. Infinite DoP & Qualm Scott
(Produced by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik & Top Cat for MASS COMM Prod.)

6. STOP BITIN’ – Ishues f. Teabag da Herbalist & D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by Hano Leathers & Jorma Starrett for Attica Sound)

7. THE SURE SHOT – G.A.G.E. Money f. D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik)

8. B.E.A.T.N.I.K. – D.R.E.S tha BEATnik
(Produced by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik/ Cuts by DJ QUIZ/ Intro by DJ MAFIOSO)

9. SLOPPY UP – MinaMina Goodsong f. D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by PGNUT for Plainswalkerz)

10. SHININ STAR – The Thundakatz f. D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by Mel for The Thundakatz)

11. SIGHT BEYOND SIGHT –
D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik f. Infinite DoP, Nickel Bag Shag & Crimson Jihad
(Produced by D.R.E.S. tha BEAtnik)

12. RAP IS DEAD – Killer Mike f. D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by The BEAT BULLIES)

13. ATL SUNSHINE – Anthony David f. D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by Anthony David for Soup & Sandwich Prod.)

14. RENDEZVOUS (Interlude) – D.R.E.S. tha BEAtnik f. CoCo Sex-C
(Produced by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik & Anthony David)

15. RENDEZVOUS – D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
(Produced by Shawty Plx for Mr. Rasslin Prod.)

16. MILK & HONEY (LIVE) – D.R.E.S. tha BEAtnik f. Slick & Rose
(Produced by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik)

17. A GAME THAT’S WORTH THE CANDLE – Alan Watts


CLICK THE LOGO to DOWNLOAD!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik's Power Supply

This is from THE ATLANTA CREATIVES PROJECT... Check them out at http://www.theatlantacreatives.org

Dres tha Beatnik's Power Supply



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Atlanta has long been a diverse music hub for aspiring musicians everywhere. Sure the city is known a bit more these amongst music circles for the catchy hip-hop coming from the city's studios but this city gives music lovers much more than that. We sat down with Dres the Beatnik recently to talk music.

Dres tha Beatnik first met Atlanta in 1991. He came here to attend Clark Atlanta University but due to the ever so infamous financial aid woes, Dres spent two years at the University before transferring to Temple and returning to Philadelphia. But Atlanta wasn't quite ready to just let Dres go like that. After receiving his BA in Marketing from Temple in '95, Dres was offered a job with a market research firm which he accepted. That same job brought Dres back to Atlanta shortly after, well Dunwoody, and he's been here ever since.

Dres tha Beatnik is someone that many would consider to be an avid music fan. He really listens. And he should be listening closely as Dres tha Beatnik is not only a hip-hop lyricist but a beatboxer as well. Not to mention, his current favorite toy (his iPod) has over 27,000 songs.

"Music has always been in my life. I grew up with it in my household. Jazz, Motown, TSOP, some gospel... that was in my home," says Dres, "It's always been there it's just [that] I grew up in one of those households where you couldn't really pursue what you wanted to do until you did what you had to do. Hence going to college, getting a degree."

But it wasn't until college that Dres realized he could probably really do something with his passion for music. Though he had a brief stint in Atlanta his first go round, when he came back to the city he really began to explore his passion more. Dres was quickly soaking up the music scene and making himself a staple amongst the local hip-hop crowd. Twelve years later, Dres is still making music and increasingly becoming more involved with Atlanta and the Atlanta music scene. There's even a portrait of him hanging in the Barbershop on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne".

"I like to think that I'm blessed in the fact that I'm able to walk into many different circles and I don't take it for granted. All of those experiences help me. There's a side to atlanta that i know everybody doesn't know about, I think atlanta has influenced me in the fact that this is a town that is comprised of immigrants and natives and there's a pretty decent marriage between the two. In regards to hip-hop, there's a whole different war but it has nothing to do with some of the artists, has to do with media and that's sad," said Dres.

When asked about his favorite artists in the city, Dres provides a long list of both veterans and new faces. His list includes: Noot D'noot, Jaspects, Proton, Binkis Recs, Senor Kaos, Brittany Bosco, Algebra, Le Castlevania, Van Hunt, Anthony David, Hollyweerd and Sean Falyon.

"It's crazy, I've actually managed to play with all of my favorite artists in Atlanta. But really anyone who's doing it and doing seriously [is a favorite]," said Dres.

And of course Dres has his list of other Atlanta favorites. Like his favorite toy, Simon. Of course other favorites he wasn't so willing to give up.

"My favorite place to go get a drink is The Independent. My fortress of solitude is the patio of Caribou Coffee at Peachtree and Piedmont. My favorite place to look at the city is actually a rooftop of a business office on Means Street. My Favorite sandwich shop is Marcos Pita though no one can ever fuck with the chicken sandwich at The Local (a lot of my hang out spots involve food, forgive me). Favorite place for brunch is Gravity on Dekalb ave. Aside from that home," Dres said.

Neda was inspired for her portrait of Dres by one of his very own childhood photos taken by his mother. It's the infamous photo of a young Dres singing into an extension cord that can be found on his MySpace or Facebook.

"According to my mom, she wasn't feeling good that day and I wanted to cheer her up. So there was an Earth, Wind and Fire (EWF) song on and I started immitating EWF for my mom. I started lip synching 'Reasons' by EWF and she said it made her feel better. And my mom was the biggest shutterbug ever, she had to take pictures of everything," Dres said.

Dres finds his inspiration to continue through his 9-year-old daughter and describes his signature sound as love. His creative process is simple: just listening. These days you can currently find his listening to a few retro tunes.

"I'm in my Retro kick right now. [Laughs] Listening to "New Life" by Intro, "Searching for Tomorrow" by Switch and a few others," Dres said.

Now, Dres is getting ready to head to Shanghai, China with stops in Maccau and Hong Kong. He has residency at Club BonBon in Shanghai. He will be conducting beatboxing clinics and lectures while also emceeing and DJing. Visit dresthabeatnik.ning.com to learn more.

Photo by: Neda Abghari
Interview by: Hadiyah Daché

Thursday, August 13, 2009

ATL UNDERGROUND NEW MUSIC HITLIST

Here is a List of the top 10 NEW JOINTS that are a BUZZ in the ATL UNDERGROUND that feature ATL UNDERGROUND ARTISTS for 2009!!! ENJOY, GET FAMILIAR & SUPPORT THESE ARTISTS!!!!

SMKA f. SEAN FLAYON - "BIG CITY NIGHTS"


HOLLYWEERD f. Colin Munroe - Oil & Water


KHAOS DA RAPPER - My Place


BRITTANY BOSCO - Blues For Blue/Black & White


SENOR KAOS - Automatic Classic


4IZE - Do It For The Haters


SUPREEME - I'm Crazy


COLLECTIVE EFFORTS - Crazy Things


THE CONSTELLATIONS - Felicia


STACY EPPS - Floatin

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The BEATnik Chronicles - The RETURN to Shanghai Pt. 2

This is the latest installment of The BEATnik Chronicles - Shanghai Edition... This episode follows D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik as he returns back to the place of the Origin of the Series, Shanghai, China... This time He's joined by DJ's Martin2Smoove of Ministry Of Sound in the UK and DJ J-Cue... This is Opening night of My 6-Week Residency ... This is the closest that you'll come to seeing exactly what D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik does in China!!! ENJOY!!!

PROPS WHERE IT'S DUE...

What's goin on Family? Now as you know when it comes to Beatboxing I don't give a lot of Cats shine... Mostly cause I take what I do Very Seriously and I regard it as Musical Art... I believe that a Human Beatboxer should create Music not just an Amalgamation of Random Noise and Sound Effects... That being said... I have to take this time to give Human Beatboxer Maïté credit where it's due... This is a Video that was posted online about 2.5 Years ago which is a testament to the Creativity and lasting Power of the Piece itself... I won't spoil it, but I will say that this is a very Creative, very Intricate Human Beatbox Piece indeed... ENJOY!!!



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

SMART IS THE NEW COOL RADIO - EPISODE 4

The SMART IS THE NEW COOL MOVEMENT!!! We have to take back the Intelligence in MUSIC, ART, FASHION & CULTURE!! Change is Here!! This is Show #4 of the New Online Radio Show that's Taking the WORLD by STORM!!!

SMART IS THE NEW COOL Radio Episode 4 from Dres ThaBEATnik on Vimeo.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The BEATnik Chronicles - The RETURN to Shanghai Pt. 1

This is the latest installment of The BEATnik Chronicles - Shanghai Edition... This episode follows D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik as he returns back to the place of the Origin of the Series, Shanghai, China... This time He's joined by DJ's Martin2Smoove of Ministry Of Sound in the UK and DJ J-Cue... This is our First meeting and we're doing a little Bonding over A Tribe Called Quest & visiting Cheap Pu Lu in Shanghai... ENJOY!!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

The BEATnik Chronicles - Savannah part 2

This is part 2 of The BEATnik Chronicles from Savannah GA... D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik & Co. took a Trip to Savannah for some Good Times, Good Vibes & Some Great Shows... for More episodes log on to http://thebeatnikchronicles.blogspot.com

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The BEATnik Chronicles - SAVANNAH, GA Pt. 1

This is the Latest Installment of the BEATnik Chronicles... The SAVANNAH Edition!! Join D.R.E.S. alongside The GREAT WHITE & That Dude DIRTY as they take You on a Tour Of Beautiful Savannah, GA. and meet a number of Characters & Drink a Lot of Alcohol along the Way!!! GOOD TIMES, MAN!!! GOOD TIMES!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

SMART IS THE NEW COOL Radio VOL. 3

The SMART IS THE NEW COOL MOVEMENT!!! We have to take back the Intelligence in MUSIC, ART, FASHION & CULTURE!! Change is Here!! This is Show #3 of the New Online Radio Show that's Taking the WORLD by STORM!!!


Thursday, May 14, 2009

SMART IS THE NEW COOL Radio VOL. 2

The SMART IS THE NEW COOL MOVEMENT!!! We have to take back the Intelligence in MUSIC, ART, FASHION & CULTURE!! Change is Here!! This is Show #2 of the New Online Radio Show that's Taking the WORLD by STORM!!! 


Monday, May 4, 2009

VIDJO OF THE DAY!!!

This is the NEW JOINT by CHI-Town's Own RHYMEFEST off of His Upcoming Album "El CHE" called "CHICAGO" Shout out to all My Fam up in the Chi... I'll be there to see Ya'll very soon...






Peace,

ThaBEATnik

Monday, April 27, 2009

SMART IS THE NEW COOL Radio on DIRadiocast.com

Sup Family...

This is the first step in what I hope will be a Wonderful Journey for Me and the team... This is a Milestone for Us here... We're on Radio, not as Artists but as the people that actually Play what You hear. This Show is at the Cornerstone of a New Consciousness with regards to Taking Responsibility in being Accountable. The SMART IS THE NEW COOL MOVEMENT!!! We have to take back the Intelligence in MUSIC, ART, FASHION & CULTURE!! Change is Here!! "WE ARE ROLE MODELS" and I wear that with Pride... The Show is called "SMART IS THE NEW COOL RADIO" This isn't for Everyone but it is for You... The Show WILL get Bigger & Better and We welcome You to grow with Us...   








Monday, April 20, 2009

Nyle - Let the Beat Build

If you want to know how to "Let the Beat Build", check out this video from Nyle. 



Nyle "Let The Beat Build" from Nyle on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

VIDJO OF THE DAY!!!

This is a Long Time in the Making... Shout out to My BATTTERY 5 Family, My Lavish Life Social Club Family, My Labrats Family, My SMKA Family & My Motion Family Family... This is the Video for a Song that I have a Cameo in the Video for... It's off the SMKA presents The 808 Experience Vol. 1 - The Song is called "CADDYS" featuring GRIPPLYAZ, T.R.I.M.M. & A.LEON CRAFT... Also Today T.R.I.M.M. Just relaeased His First Project -"EVOLUTION OF THE MACHINE" Do Enjoy the Vidjo and I'll talk to You soon...





Battery 5 Presents T.R.I.M.M. - Evolution Of The Machine

Saturday, April 11, 2009

VIDJO Of THE DAY

Thanks to @AFRODISIAQ for allowing Me to bring this to You all.. this is my little piece of Sunshine on a Rainy day... Enjoy!!!



Friday, April 10, 2009

Interesting Article - The CURIOUS CASE OF BATTLE MC'S

I found this Article on XXL.com Yesterday and thought that I'd share it with You and get Your Thoughts about it... As a Promoter & Host of a Prominent Hip Hop Battle Show... I do see Trends & Changes and more often than not some of these things that are percieved as novelty or trend actually end up becoming essential, hovever the masses or even the minority at times dosen't appreciate it until it is not longer available. Such as the Art of Freestyling wheter in a Battle Setting or in an Actual Performance Setting the Ability to improvise over a Beat and effectivly communicate to an Audience is an Art. There are a lot of MC's, managers of MC's & Record label Execs of these MC's that will try to make you believe that FREESTYLING is Unnecessary... Hell they took the Booth out of RAP CITY & We see what the end result of that was... NO MORE RAP CITY on BET(Coincidence... I think not). I hear it all of the time "I DON'T FREESTYLE or I DON'T BATTLE" Well Why not? If You TRULY Believe in Your Heart that Your The SHIT then SHOW & PROVE that's HIP HOP... PERIOD, POINT BLANK, END OF STORY.


- ThaBEATnik


BLOG: The Curious Case of Battle MCs

Thursday Apr 9 10:43 AM CDT posted by xxl staff


The battle MC is an interesting character. While freestyle battles are a good way to get your name out there, more often that not, these rappers don’t break much ground. The careers of some of the more recent battle artists have gone nowhere fast - Jin, Poster Boy, Murder Mook, Serius Jones (who I really think just talks, not raps, in his battles)… And did someone win the 106 & Park Freestyle Tournament yet? I stopped watching.

I thought Jin had great potential and while he did make a little splash, “Learn Chinese” didn’t exactly top the charts. When he accepted that Ruff Ryders chain on 106, that was pretty much the height of his career. “At the end of the day,” he didn’t have the right formula and I’m not sure he was capable of making great songs even with Swizz Beatz production. Sometimes it’s hard for the battle rapper to break out of their tit-for-tat style of rhyming, but there are some success stories. Guys like Cassidy and Eminem (maybe the biggest success story) were able to make it big after breaking in on the underground battling circuit. But it’s hard to find an artist who can diss you and then turn around and make a great radio record and then turn around and also make a solid album.

Serius was signed to Disturbing Tha Peace for a while before that deal fell through. I’m sure the labels just don’t know how to market these guys. The main problem/argument is that just because you can spar on the streets doesn’t mean you can make a song with the right arrangements, production, hook, melodies, etc, so many battle rappers tend to be one-trick ponies. Is battling still what it used to be? Can new rappers still break in this way? -clovito

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

music review: salutes get busy remix tapes

and now introducing salutes...

how did you come up with your name, salutes?

I WANTED TO THINK OF A NAME THAT SYBOLIZED BEING IN CHARGE. I THOUGHT OF THE ACTION LIKE 2 SALUTES A SUPERIOR AN I WANTED PPL 2 SALUTE ME IT HAD A NICE RING SO I BECAME SALUTES.

how long have you been doing hip hop?

I BEEN DOIN THIS SINCE ABOUT 14 SO THAT WOULD B ABOUT 9 YRS

who was the first hip hop artist that you can remember?

WELL MY POPS ALWAYS DJED WEN I WAS YOUNG THE FIRST RECORD I REALLY LIKED AN WOULD PLAY WIT ON THE TABLES IS LOL BEASTY BOYS PAUL REVERE

what made you decide to become a hip hop artist?

I DID IT FOR FUN AT FIRST BUT THEN REALIZED I WAS REALLY NICE AN HAD SOMETHING TO BRING TO THE TABLE

who are you a fan of (any musical style)?

HONESTLY TREY SONGZ

describe your style (musical)?

I FEEL I AM A BALANCED MIX OF COMMERCIAL AN STREET.. IM LIKE ACGS I CAN WEAR THEM WIT A BUTTON UP OR A CHAMP HOODY LOL

tell us about the mix tape you just released.

THIS WAS BASICALLY CREATED TO SHOW MY VERSITILITY AND MY RANGE NO TOPIC WAS TO COMMERCIAL OR STREET I CAN DO IT ALL .. AND DELIVER IN A RESPECTABLE WAY

where can people see you live or get your music?

THEY CAN CHECK WWW.MYSPACE.COM/SALUTES5 , WWW.SALUTESBLOG.BLOGSPOT.COM , AND LUTESVEGAS.COM/BLOG WHICH IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION .. DONT FORGET CONSTANT UPDATES ON WWW.TWITTER.COM/LUTESVEGAS

what are your plans/goals?

MY MAIN GOAL SHORT TERM IS TO BECOME A RECOGNIZED FORCE IN THE GAME LONG TERM TO HAVE A LONG SUCESSFULL CAREER

finally, any shout outs you wanna give?

SHOUT OUTS TO MY SOS CLICK DOTT DOLLAZ AND CRITTY DA YG AND TO THE STATE 2 STATE CYPHERS AND EVERY ONE THAT IS INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT..I AM HISTORY ONE DAY AT A TIME

face-of-the-future

and here's my review of it all:

don't sleep on this dude. nuff said.

just kidding! i would have to say that i was more then a little skeptical of this fast talking, quick qitted character that hit me up on twitter. we chatted about his mix tape dropping and again i was skeptical. i mean, everyone thinks that their music is the best or really good. but truth be told, i wasn't disappointed with this.

it takes some talent to be able to rock multiple styles, genres, etc but salutes does it well. i didn't know what i was in store for with his remix tapes. there is some r & b, reggae, and of course, hip hop. his flow on each of the tracks is natural and there is a seemless transition from one genre to the next. the content of his rhymes varies depending on the content of the track. his voice isn't annoying like some other artists.

overall? i liked it. like a lot. and it will be rocked through the sounds of my bose sound system AND iphone. favorite track that will be getting bumped loudly? track: #3 the "blame it" remix. i LOVE jamie foxx's new album and salutes verse on here only adds to my liking of the song.

well ladies and gents, i encourage you all to download the "get busy remix tapes" and get busy for yourself. look out for great things from this up and coming artist. after you give him a listen, come back and share your feedback.

xoxo

me

Saturday, April 4, 2009

CHINA CANCELLED... SAVANNAH SAVED ME!!!

Well it's official as of Friday April 2nd, 2009... I had My Bags packed and was about to head to Atlanta Jackson Heartsfield International Airport when... I decided to check My Gmail for the last time before I went to Shanghai for 6 Weeks and this is what I found...

"Hi mate,

Bonbon is officially closed as of yesterday. A brand new venue would be up n running in summer. The boss has fallen out with the partners n would like to run a club of his own. We were all informed yesterday evening. Since then, my mobile hasn’t stopped ringing, and emails haven’t stopped flooding in. I have so much to do, it’s not that I do not want to get in touch.

Whatever that is happening now is not within my control. I have been trying to re-schedule and/or cancel shows as my international dj line-up has gone as far as June. I haven’t closed my eyes a bit since I learned of the news. Have been explaining myself over n over again to different people and have meeting after meeting to resolve issues that popped up as a result.

I hope to gain your kind understanding now that I am not only dealing with only one person, but 120 staff + 12 djs n agencies. We could talk later on msn if you are available.


Best regards,

Xxxxx"



Needless to say I wasn't feeling too good about any of this... I mean I've put a lot of things on hold and in some cases even cancelled things as well. But that's Show Business!!! I'm gonna miss Club BonBon but I know that this New Club IS gonna be bigger and better than ever... I hope Shanghai is ready for it and I really hope that Shanghai is ready for Me when I get there.

So instead of not going on this trip to China & sitting around feeling some type of way about it... I under the advice of Management took a trip to Savannah to Spread Love at an Event called TASTE ART EVENT(http://www.tasteartsavannah.com)... The weekend was a Blast and I'm making plans to get back there already. Shouts to Josh & the Good People at jabberpics.com, the Meddin Emerging Artists Theater, The Crew from Dope Sandwich(don't worry help is on the way!!!) and Terry & Christine Thurston & especially TEAM BEATnik and Dirty & the Great White for the R&R!!! 

New CHRONICLES Coming Soon!!!   


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The BEATnik Chronicles - 03/14/09 pt. 2





This is one of the reasons why I love My life... I get the opportunity to be able to be around people that not only Inspire Me but that also inspire the World and I get to on occasion get to dance with them as if the world dosen't even exist. Janelle Monae is one of those people... She not only was in attendance at the J*Davey Concert on this particular night but seen that this wasn't My gig to Host and felt what was going on enough to come on stage on a night that she wasn't even supposed to be "on the Clock" and helped me keep the party going... Thanks Baby Girl your Credit is always good with Me... LOL!!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

the BEATnik Chronicles - 03/14/09




D.R.E.S. tha BEAtnik vs. ALI-en @ SUGAR HILL - The XPERIENCE featuring J*DAVEY, BRITTANY BOSCO, DOLL DAZE... This is the FUTURE in LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

iPod versus iPod

I won.

tonite at the world famous mic club a new and ingenius concept was presented. iPod battles.

free admission into sugar hill brought out new and more people willing to participate in this battle. just because you can't spit a hot rhyme or make some dope beats doesn't mean you don't know music and tonite's events proved that you can be a listening master and still win.

Franco and I participated in the battle to which he lost. encompassing genres from rock to reggae and everything in between all members of the audience felt right at home. everyone jammed out to oldies like crazy by aerosmith and bobbed to jay-z's reasonable doubt.

needless to say, good times were had by all. 'Twas a great ice breaker and I look forward to seeing this concept hatch into the mother bird.


-- Post From My iPhone

xoxo
ladebelle

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

VIDJO OF THE DAY...

This is footage of Myself and Drummer Extraordinaire ALI-en on Stage @ SUGAR HILL opening for J*DAVEY!!! This was the First time that either one of us had performed together so it was DEFINITELY the Beginning of Something Great!!! Thanks to Goldi Gold for Capturing this!!




DRES THA BEATNIK VS ALIEN from Goldi gold on Vimeo.

More of the J*DAVEY CONCERT To Come!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAX!!!

Today is My Brother Jax from BINKIS' Birthday... I wanted to post an entry that I did back in November reflecting His passing... This is My Video tribute to a Great friend of Mine, My Brother Christopher "JAX" Thurston of ATL's Own BINKIS RECS... He passed away early on Nov. 4th, 2008 and I wanted to say goodbye in my own special way!! Happy Birthday Homie!!!

The BEATnik Chronicles - Thurs 3/12/09

This is the First installment of the Daily Series The BEATnik Chronicles... You can hang with D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik as he walks through the many destinations that He travels to... Good Times & Vibes to be had by all... You can catch this and more at http://thebeatnikchronicles.blogspot.com



More To Come!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

VIDJO OF THE DAY...




There was magic brewing on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles ton February 22nd the kind that puts a love spell on everyone who walks into its path. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and his 40-piece orchestra managed to set the entire Luckman Fine Arts Plaza afloat on Sunday night with Timeless: Suite for Ma Dukes, their gorgeous re-imagining of J Dillas best known works. Surprise guests filtered in throughout the night, including Common, Talib Kweli andPosdnuous from De la Soul. Dillas inspiring mother was a beacon throughout the performance, small in stature but mighty in spirit.

If you listen closely to the music, the possibilities are endless
Ma Dukes (February 22nd, 2009.)

The energy onstage was infectious, and the audience was just as emotionally invested in the performance as the musicians. One could feel the grand swoops and shimmering intricacies of the music just by the motion of Atwood-Fergusons hands. When Dwele came out to do Angel, he had to stand back in awe for several moments to take in the beauty of what he was about to sing over.

In true Dilla fashion, one classic begets another, and we got to see that progression take place right before our eyes.Diana Moreira led us through the bossa nova lilt of Stan Getz and Luiz Bonfas Saudade Vem Correndo,containing the famous hook Dilla sampled into the Pharcydes Runnin. Minutes later, the orchestra changed tempo and transformed the bossa nova mood into Dillas inspired jam with vocal contributions by Amp Fiddler, Bilal andShafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra. Bilal then sang Reminesce and brought the crowd to the verge of rapture.

The night rounded out when Posdnuous surprised everyone and did his verse of De la Souls Stakes is High, and then brought on Talib Kweli to do Doves verse. The chorus which included OhNo, Alchemist, Illa J, Frank Nitty, Rhettmatic, Ma Dukes, J Davey, Houseshoes sang out the refrainLove, Vibration - eventually turning the mic over to the audience to sing along. An encore of Slum Villages Fall in Love left everyone with the sweet high that only falling in love can bring about.

People will be talking about this majestic performance for years and blessed are the ones who were able to see it bloom firsthand.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Jaspects & Friends Concert

if you've never been to a jaspects concert you're missing out. 

i'm a lover of pretty much all music (with the exception of yodeling and stuff) but i LOVE hip hop music. and these dudes did their thug dizzle on stage.

the concert was held at sugarhill in the underground atlanta. upon arriving there (early), sav and i were greeted by a line wrapping around all of underground with atliens that had come to show support of their home town group. 

after standing in line for what seemed like an eternity, one of the members of the jaspects came out to inform us that there was some flooding issues inside of sugarhill and that's what the hold up was. flooding? wtf? i was just here last nite AND we've had beautiful weather! nonetheless, we got inside and found a makeshift stage on the ground. i mean, i'm all for makin it do what it do and that's what they did! good job sugar hill for improvising. 

first up was hollyweerd. i'm a hollyweerd fan. i love them. i remember when they were just tattoo artists making jokes in the shop. in fact, my cousin and my tattoo artist apprenticed under one of them. after some technical difficulties, they rocked the house leaving women wanting to know what it's like to "make love to a weerdo" and men wishing they were "weerd". 

up next was chantae cann. i've never seen her perform live before and once i did, i realized that i was missing a huge chunk of my life. this sister can BLOW!!! she is a cute, sassy lady who's vocals are reminiscent of an older jazz singer mixed with the modern day urban soulist. i was in love and swooning over every word she sang. when her set was over, i was sad and disturbed because i could listen to her all nite. 

rahbi was up next. now, if you've never seen him perform, you are in for an experience. the first time i saw him perform, it was at the "jdilla vs prince tribute concert" and i saw then why he performed as prince. this man is talented as all hell and flexible as the pretzel man. i LOVED his set. he's such a classy dude that even when some girl tried to play him during his first song, he turned that into part of his show and she too fell in love with rahbi.

naturally the only performance that could follow this was the jaspects themselves. i didn't want them to end. there music is hip hop infused with jazz or maybe it's jazz infused with hip hop but either way, these are some talented dudes. i mean, they danced, they got the crowd hype, they rapped, WHILE playing the trumpet, saxophone, keyboard, guitar, and drums. i mean, i was tired by the end from watching them! btw, their album drops on april 18th and if you have the money, you need to get it. they're going places.

algebra came on after them. she's a pretty well known underground hip hop artist and i had never experienced her either. she's AWESOME!!! i loved her outfit which consisted of a strapless prom-esque dress coupled with none other then DUNKS! naturally she rocked the "stage" as well. her birthday is coming up and she'll be having a pajama jam birthday party kid n'play style and yours truly will most definitely be in the place. 

the last performance was with pj morton who also did his thug dizzle. 

jaspects and friends kept the crown hyped, excited, and engaged from start to finish. i have yet to encounter a concert where i was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire thing. the jaspects are a humble and uber talented group who made it very clear last nite that they are going places. i'm proud to say i saw them in concert and cannot wait for their album to drop!

signing off... 

xoxo
ladebelle

Thursday, March 12, 2009

THE NEXT LEVEL of MIC CLUB

So by now a lot of You have been wondering what's going on with The WORLD FAMOUS MIC CLUB @ SUGAR HILL!!!

What are we doing?
How's the show coming along?
Who's coming thru to the Show?
What's Next?

Well after a lot of Blood, Sweat & Tears here's what we've been working on...

The WORLD FAMOUS MIC CLUB has been experiencing a bit of Growing Pains getting Adjusted to our new home... We've been @ Sugar Hill for about a Month and the Show is growing moderately... We've had some good moments and some not so good ones. We absolutely love the Staff @ Sugar Hill and we're bringing the show back in Phases...

PHASE ONE: To bring back the MIGHY MIGHTY BEAT DOWN & CROWD CONTROL PERFORMANCE BATTLE... We feel that these events are more suited to the Environment that we're in being at UNDERGROUND ATLANTA.

PHASE TWO: To make sure that Hip Hop is respected again in Atlanta especially at UNDERGROUND ATLANTA and to expose those that are looking to find an outlet for their art an actual place that they can call Home and to Build MC's that can master all the Disciplines of their Art(FREESTYLE & WRITTEN)!!!

PHASE THREE: To Bring Our Live band back to MIC CLUB... the Live Music Element is actually the Cornerstone of what separates Us from the Rest of the Pack. The Newly formed A.S.O.(Audio.Science.Orchestra.) is the name of our band being as we couldn't take B.F.D. with Us to Our new Location we feel that with a new Start comes New Energy.

PHASE FOUR: To bring some notable names to Atlanta that the City wouldn't see at any other location.

and Finally...

PHASE FIVE: To stretch the Boundaries of what a HIP HOP BATTLE EVENT is Supposed to look like. We were the First event to Bring the PRODUCER BATTLE Concept to ATL & the First to Introduce the Hip Hop Performance Battle Concept to ATL... Now what I'm about to layout is the NEXT LEVEL of the HIP HOP BATTLE... Pay close Attention...



We're applying & incorporating this into The WORLD FAMOUS MIC CLUB... in a new event called the EXCHANGE!!! We're dealing with The Essence of MUSIC with this Event & giving you the Opportunity to contribute & share Your Passion... We're having a ORIGINAL SAMPLE/UPDATE VERSION HIP HOP Battle!!! We're launching this in ATLANTA on WEDNESDAY MARCH 25th, 2009 @ MIC CLUB(SUGAR HILL/UNDERGROUND ATLANTA) & To put a little more on top of the Cake we're bringing Legendary Hip Hop Artist CL SMOOTH to Perform Live @ this Event backed by a Live Band... The A.S.O.!!

This is an Example of what we're talking about with the EXCHANGE...

The Original...


The Update...


CL SMOOTH...


See You at the SHOW!!! http://www.miclubnation.com

KRS-One: the man behind the music

I can't remember how long I've been a KRS-One fan but I know that for as long as I can remember, I've thought nothing but the highest of high things of this talented man. a fellow vegetarian and fighter of violence, the man also know as the teacha or the philosopher is quite the force to be reckoned with.

tonite at the world famous mic club, KRS-One stopped through and rapped with dres about the possibility of some future collaborations. I don't know if I'm ready to admit that I was star struck but seeing this humble legend did put a smile on my face and some pep in my step. and the possibility of working with him down the line tickled my soul.

how could he do all this right? well, KRS-One was one of the definers of hip hop. I agree with what stands for and is a well balanced person. on stage he's an explosive shot gun ready for blast off but outside of that environment, his easy smile is comforting and his soul an old one. I promise that I'm not swooning over this man who has been both the subject of controversy and recipient of lifetime awards, but he does leave a refreshing taste in my mouth--figuratively speaking--and gives great hugs.

at the end of this day, I'm honored to have been in the presence of greatness and look forward to any future endeavors with this quiet storm of a man.


-- Post From My iPhone

xoxo
ladebelle

Monday, March 9, 2009

My Weekend...

What's going on Family? I wanted to take the time to say to all that have been partying with Me this Weekend... Thank You soooo very much!!! I wouldn't have made it through without Ya'll! There was too much drama going on this weekend outside of the normal work drama that would have taken Me off My path had it not been for You all!!! Now for the recap...

My Weekend Started on Wednesday... YEAH THAT'S RIGHT I SAID IT WEDNESDAY!! LOL!!!

WEDNESDAY: The WORLD FAMOUS MIC CLUB @ SUGAR HILL(UNDERGROUND ATLANTA)
We had our Monthly PRODUCER & PERFORMANCE BATTLE on the Same Night... The MIGHTY MIGHTY BEAT DOWN & The CROWD CONTROL PERFORMANCE BATTLE The CROWDS are finally starting to show Up @ SUGAR HILL & I'm happy about it!!! Thanks to Ladebelle, DJ Edward Scizzahandz & Razah, the Staff of SUGAR HILL & all the Producers & Performers that attended. The PRODUCER BATTLE Final was down to DAILY BREAD & ILL GAIMEZ with ILL GAIMEZ emerging Victorious!!! The PERFORMANCE BATTLE Final was between ISIS PRODUCTIONS out of MEMPHIS & MAJA DEACON... With ISIS PRODUCTIONS emerging Victorious!! This coming Wednesday is looking to get Bigger & Better!! http://www.miclubnation.com

THURSDAY: I DO MUSIC @ APACHE CAFE
Now for those of you who know Me & My Story You know that at this point even mentioning Apache much less going there for anything is a trip in and of itself... That being said, My good Brother Oh Zee Banga asked a simple request of Me and I couldn't refuse Him because he is one of those people in ATL that takes care of Me when I need it. He asked Me to come out to I DO MUSIC and Sit on a Panel Discussion for the I DO MUSIC WEEKEND!! The discussion was about Digital Marketing & Promotions for the Digital Age urban Music Artist... On the Panel was Myself, Tai Saint-Louis of AllHipHop.com, GYANT of SOHH.com, B RICH (Manager for B.O.B.), Digital Marketing Guru Chuck Woo of EARWAX RECORDS & ChuckWoo.com & Big Yu National Account Director DIGIWAXX.com This was a well produced event filled with People that were looking to get some insight on perfecting their craft... That being said this event has OUTGROWN it's Present Venue... NO HATE... JUST TRUTH!!!

FRIDAY: The FRIDAY NIGHT FIXX @ MJQ
This is one of My Residencies here in ATL... the MJQ Concourse is the EPICENTER of THE COUNTERCULTURE here in ATLANTA!!! We were celebrating DJ LORD of PUBLIC ENEMY'S Birthday!! the Crowd of about 425 had a great time... MJQ has been doing some upgrades to their Sound System and I know that by the time that they finish that it'll be the TRUTH in ATLANTA. I had a great time myself and STRONGLY ENCOURAGE anyone that is looking for something different in their ATLANTA HIP HOP CLUB EXPERIENCE to come here at least once... You'll be glad you did!!!

SATURDAY: THE FUNK LORDZ ANNIVERSARY PARTY & B-BOY BATTLE, The TWELVE HOTEL & D'JANGO with the 1128 PROJECT!!!

now this is one of the Reasons why I feel I'm as good as I am not to sound to KANYE but I AM THE TRUTH WITH A MICROPHONE and I WAS BUILT FOR THIS & here's Why!!!

THE FUNK LORDZ ANNIVERSARY B-BOY JAM(SKILL4SOLE 3)
I was asked by b-Boy Quic of the ATL FUNKLORDZ/ZULU NATION to host a B-Boy competition @ The RELAPSE THEATER and can I tell you that this is one Element of Hip Hop that I wish I would've held on to a little longer... I mean these B-Boys & B-Girls got some MF'N HEAT with them!! The jam was great and literally a Who's Who in the ATL B-Boy Community was in attendance for this I hosted the Prelims to the SKILL4SOLE Battle... Where the Losing Crew had to literally Give Up their Shoes hence SKILL4SOLE!!! I even brought My Daughter Ashanti out to see this cause I feel that the Youth need to embrace this facet of Hip Hop Culture in a BIG WAY!! Exercise... Exercise... Exercise!!!

THE TWELVE HOTEL @ ATLANTIC STATION
I had to leave the B-Boy jam to head to the Twelve to host a Private Birthday party for My Boy Christian... I was expecting a pretty Decent soiree but nothing prepared Me for what I saw... People all dressed to the Nines looking Oh SO SOPHISTICATED and feeling Good!!! The Live Band was on Point the Hospitality was also on point and after the Cutting of the Cake... it was time to get to work!! I alongside DJ Rasta Root came to Shut Shit Down!! All that were in attendance had a good time(no Requests at All!!)LOL!! I had to have seen perhaps the longest SOUL TRAIN LINE in My Life at this Party... LOL!! It was GREAT!!! Big Up to Christian happy birthday Boy!!and Michelle for Putting the Event together.. you did a GREAT JOB!!!

THE 1128 PROJECT @ D'JANGO EVERY 1st SATURDAY
Now This was the final Event of the Evening... The GRAND EMPERIAL DJ MAJESTIK & I make up a Collective called the 1128 PROJECT and We change lives through the Music!!! LITERALLY!!! We have a Monthly @ d'JANGO and it is definitely a moving Experience!! DJ MAFIOSO got the festivities started upstairs and I have to say on the low He is by far and away one of the most talented & precise DJ's in the World and I feel blessed to be able to work with him whenever I can!! We got set up and started Downstairs around Midnight and came to bring the pain... We went everywhere with the music... The Crowds that usually come to d'Jango now come to hear the Radio... WE ARE SOOOOOO ANTI-RADIO it's not even funny!!! After the Crowd of Regulars got the memo everyone got down to doing their Job so that we could do ours, which was giving the People some good music and a great experience!!! All in all I think we did a GREAT JOB!!! This is a DEFINITE SURE SHOT!!!

and on the 7th Day....

THE BEATnik RESTED!!! See You Soon!!!