If you’re a “rap head” from Atlanta, there’s no doubt you already know about Andrell “Kilo Ali” Rogers, but if you’re a transplant or a youngster, let me give you a lil background information on the popular Atlanta rapper. Continue Reading…
I first met Kandi?Burruss on a summer day in 1993.? I was an intern on the set of the first music video for the group Xscape. The song was ?Just Kickin It? and I was doing more than just kickin?it on what felt like the hottest day ever!
Trivia? the club was the Masquerade, the neighborhood was little Five Points and the convertible actually belonged to Tiny.
My nondescript role was to do whatever anyone on set told me to do. However, my personal mission was to make sure that I STOOD OUT FROM THE REST of the ?low folks? on the totem pole.
If I was asked to go get something, then I was off to the races, sprinting to my final destination in record time. I remember being so focused and watching everything and everyone around me.? Back then as I surveyed my surroundings I remember Kandi Continue Reading…
It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.
Not failure, but low aim is the sin. – Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
When I was a li?l gul, 3450 Sewell Road was just a big old hill with a bunch of trees next to I-285 expressway that we passed if we took the long way to Southwest Hospital. A couple of years and a street name change later, it became Mays High School.
I went to its feeder middle school, but I didn?t go to Mays because I was lazy. While they cleared a number of the trees, the school was built at the tip top of that dang-on hill. My momma didn?t have reliable transportation, so if I had to (or chose to) stay afterschool, I had to hike ?The Hill? to get home. Do that in 90 degree August and May Atlanta heat, get on a MARTA bus and then do some homework:
But I digress…
Back in my day, Mays was virtually an all African-American institution at the pinnacle of urban public education. It was located in one of the more affluent neighborhoods in the city and the Math and Science Academy magnet program was literally churning out rocket scientists. Continue Reading…
I caught up with an A-town legend a few weeks ago during birthday bash…the one and only DJ Kizzy Rock and of course I couldn’t resist grabbing a bit of Old School Atlanta Memory footage from him for the archives. Kizzy Rock had us all in stitches as he reminisced about Freaknik 94 and Club 559.? Check him out below:
Today’s flashback video is none other than DJ Kizzy Rock’s skripper anthem “Yeah Shawty Yeah.” Back when asymetrical hair cuts were the norm and all the cool dudes drove Jeep Wranglers. Peep the full video under the cut (NSFW):