I am still recovering from last weekend’s explosive festivities. Outkast’s return to Atlanta was better than Santa Clause and his reindeer on Christmas Eve! I found a spot and planted myself awaiting the titans forever known as the “ATLIENS.” It was well worth the wait.
Here’s a recap:
First, let’s rewind back to the beginning of that much anticipated morning which happened to be the grand finale of an explosive 3 day weekend. In true “G” form Andre and Antoine, 3000 and Big Boi, left their egos at the door and shared the stage with the who’s who of the ATL. Outkast’s tour dancers TCP (true crowd pleasers) set things off with dancing that switched from zero to a hundred real quick. They gave the 20,000+ fans a lesson in “yeeking” (what you know bout it?). Classic ATL dancing. Google it.
I want to start this post by speaking truth to power for our champions and some of our most important forefathers of the Atlanta music scene, Organized Noize! They and Outkast are celebrating 20 years in the game this year. Organized Noize’s groundbreaking produced opus Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik would be the starting point of Atlanta’s triumphant reign in popular music? Indeed, this year’s Hip Hop scene in the ATL shows we are still influencing pop culture. Whether it’s an extended stint on New York radio or the pill popping dance phenomenon TRAP , still the South STILL got something to say.
One artist is upholding the tradition of Outkast and Scarface’s soulful beats and very honest life commentaries. Straight out of the G.C. (Gwinnett County) comes that dude Rittz to carry the torch. His latest album, Next to Nuthin is Rittz’s second studio project on legendary MC Tech N9ne’s Strange Music label. Key cuts like “Turn Down,” “Living a Dream,” and “Call 911″ command the listener’s immediate attention Rittz’s rapid delivery emphasizes day-to-day struggles with fame, industry expectations, and everyday violence and crime. What I respect about Rittz is that even though he rhymes extremely quickly his wording is clear, even if you have to re-wind a few times to catch everything. Veteran Chi-Town MC Twista shows up to exercise his iconic bionic triple timing flow on “Bounce” and Atlanta’s B.O.B anchors in very smoothly on “In My Zone” with a flow similar to that of relaxed Eminem a la the track “Renegade.”
Speaking of Em, his artist Yelawolf, whom discovered Rittz, proclaims on the opening of the track “Profit:” “you ain’t never seen a bull rider bumpin U.G.K/While his folks roll up a Joyner. Some real back woods ho down business!” Shouts out to DJ Crisis for his choice cuts on this song too!
Even with impressive collaborations Rittz stands on his own – word for word, toe to toe. This album has a lil’ bit of everything on it: smokers, drinkers, story tellers, dirty south purists, battle rappers, women, even animals. Next to Nuthin is the understatement of the year and great listening for closing out the summer. Trust, you won’t be disappointed.
Rittz – Next To Nothing is out now on iTunes, Spotify and your retailer of choice!
Edited by R.N. Bradley – follow her @redclayscholar on twitter
The yearly A3C festival is about to kick off in Atlanta in about 2 weeks. One of the main events there will be the Red Bull Sound Select event which will once again be curated by our own DJ Jelly. The event will be held on October 11th at The Basement in East Atlanta and will feature southern rap legend Scarface, The Outfit, Go Dreamer and Goldyard. Our own DJ Hotsauce will be in the building as well holding down the 1s and 2s.
Join us for an exciting night in music as Sound Select present hip hop legend Scarface at The Basement featuring support from The OutFitt Tx, Go Dreamer and Goldyard. Doors open at 9:00PM, Free entry w/ RSVP and A3C Badge. This show is on a first come first serve basis, RSVP does not guarantee entrance. EVEN if you have an A3C Pass, you’ll need to RSVP to get in!
So head on over to the official Sound Select site here and make sure you RSVP for free entry and we will see on the 11th for a crazy showcase of some good southern rap music!
The young’n Royce Rizzy, who we have been following since we first met him in Japan when he was 16 years old, has just released his new EP titled “Determination”. This serves as his first official release since singing with RCA/SoSoDef records. The EP ist hosted by SoSoDef head honcho Jermaine Dupri and the homie Don Cannon. Check out the new tracks by one of the up and coming talents in Atlanta below and make sure to follow Rizzy on his journey here.