Somebody told me recently that I always have “people”…for every problem there is a solution and most likely a contact in my phone. Cool Breeze‘s “Cre-A-Tine” song is a great reflection of me and my circle of friends. As someone who’s been around these parts for quite some time, it’s easy to accumulate a few “people” who’ve been around as well. I must say though… my circle of friends is wide and ranges from corporate CEO’s to school teachers to producers to shady “A”zz hustlers (and everything in between). And they all hold me down and stand by me when I’m in need. I can honestly say I’m a blessed woman.
Shouts out to the Southside! S.W.A.T.s….. STAND UP!
As the man in the red pinstripped suit and white tee tells you at the beginning of this classic video, “Atlanta is the capital of the DANCE…We started this here and we’re gonna finish it here.” We may get clowned by all you northerners who just don’t get it, but ATLiens have been making up dances way before SouljaBoyTellem was born.
I catch a ton of flack for riding hard with Mr. Collipark’s mini me. But regardless of what y’all think or say, SouljaBoy is one talented individual and a muthaf*ckin MARKETING GENIUS! Hate on haters… but I digress.
Crunk, Yeekin,’ Bankhead bouncin, Two-Steppin, Birdwalking….we’ve had it all. I know y’all can recall the old days of sweating it up on Bankhead Highway (one block away from where T.I. posted Club Crucial) at ‘The Silver Fox” or over on Gresham at Sharon’s Showcase, or waaaaay back when you’d hit up Greenbriar Skating Rink. Well, the clip above will probably refresh your memory. It showcases Atlanta’s wide array of dances in a classic dance off competition. Our music & beats were meant to move to. It’s addictive so there’s no use in fighting it. Y’all northerners can try to catch up but it’s useless…we’re already two-steppin ahead of ya!
Video below: (*Sidenote*: Special “A” Town Crunk award goes to Rashan Ali for showing em how it’s done down here! Whe shestarted “yeeking” at about 1:45 I almost fell outta my chair!)
I’m about to join the rest of the world outside and partake in some of this good ole ATL sunshine. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this back in the day flashback video of Xscape (Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, Kandi Burress, Tamika Scott & LaTocha Scott) covering the Clark Sister’s “Is My Living In Vain” acapella .
TV One has this incredible series called Unsung about old school music groups and artists whose careers experienced premature endings. It?s pretty good stuff, but not too revelatory to The Smaaawt One (a pet name given me by one of my oldest buddies). It just so happens that most of the acts have always been counted among my favorites ? except one.
I never really knew a whole lot about The Clark Sisters. I was a child of hippies in the 70?s who wasn?t really raised in church in the 80?s. To be honest, the first time I ever remember actually going into an Atlanta church for a service with my mother voluntarily was when she got cancer and started bargaining with The Father to spare her a premature smite. She might have been a hippie, but she wasn?t no fool and knew exactly where to appeal when times got tough. I had more than a few friends, though, who were all up in the sanctuary singing at every opportunity they could find back in the day. Choir rehearsal to some in Atlanta was like working out ? they sweat through it daily, for long periods of time, diligently. So, other than listening to them on WCLK?s Sunday gospel show and listening to those friends try to approximate those lush harmonies, I never knew anything about that family, that group, until that show. What I did know was that Xscape did a rousing rendition of one of their most popular songs on their first album that still stands as one of my favorite remakes of all time.
When you?re a teen (as a few of them were when they made that album) you tend to think that everyone will live forever. Even if yo silly behind is playing chicken back on a still-undeveloped Kimberly Mill Rd. in ?80-nunnayobusiness Continue Reading…
Yet again, I’ve creeped over to my friend’s site and snatched up one of her good O.S.A.Ms (Old School Atlanta Memories). This week it’s the Youngbloodz. Remember them? You never really miss something until it’s gone and I realize I really miss these two together. The duo behind today’s “A” Pod classic jams “Damn” and “U-Way” have gone their separate ways, but are still quite active in the industry.? And in honor of Flashback Friday, take a moment to reflect with my friend as she shares what she learned while working on the set with Youngbloodz and the attic crew:
It may not be headlines like when Jay Z split with Irv or Snoop with Dre but one of my favorite groups in Atlanta has always been the Youngbloodz and to know that they are not a duo anymore puts me in a melancholy state of mind. Now the fan in me is MAD AS HELL, I love their swag as a rap group, I knew they were having their difficulties but damn if Dre and Big Boi can do it then why not the Youngbloodz. The picture taken above was from one of their last videos Chop Chop, I was the assistant director and it was a long cold day but somehow, I just didn?t mind because I love these guys.
Finally one day I decieded to stop being selfish for one minute and was able to realize the SECRET TO THIS?ENTRY, ITS VERY SIMPLE ? FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON.
Now I?m gonna take you back to a night?I can recall at Club 112 a few years back; it was an album release party for Ludacris, and all of Atlanta?s royalty came out to support. The VIP was an Atlien who?s who list. I was sitting down near Michael Vick and my friends were asking me if was I going to follow them back to his house.