Dear BNR Weekly…I’m so jealous.
On September 12th & 13th, Charlotte, North Carolina was host to the 20th anniversary of the Funk Fest music series: a celebration and appreciation for “the rich cultural heritage of ‘old school’ music” – Funk Fest Site. This year was significant not only because it marked the 20th anniversary of the traveling festival, but it also marked the first year the organization responsible, Lifting As We Climb, Inc. (LAWC) operated as a non-profit corporation. In hopes to spread the awareness and gain support for the mission of helping disadvantaged and homeless youth, the organization hosted the festival with an unbelievable line up and Charlotte’s own BNR Weekly with host Neiko Debarge were front and center to capture all the amazing performances. Video coverage of Salt N Pepa, Outkast, Doug E. Fresh, Ice Cube, Fantasia, and B.O.B. was more than enough to make me EXTREMELY jealous. I’m glad I know about the concert series now because I won’t be missing it next year. Major shout out to BNR weekly for the coverage. Enjoy.
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Contributed by @KNikkiMB
Executive Producer and Tulane Grad Student Holly Hobbs wants to educate the world about Hip Hop in New Orleans. With her creation of The NOLA Hip Hop archives, founded in 2012, Holly has been working to collect information on the ‘bounce’ infused hip hop that developed out of New Orleans and provide a rich and detailed history on how it started. Along with the pieces of material that will be available for this catalog will be exclusive interviews from some of the highly influential rappers, DJs and producers of this era like Mannie Fresh, Mystikal, Partners N Crime, Dee-1, Ricky B, DJ Raj Smoove, Nesby Phips, Nicky da B & Rusty Lazer, and Queen Blackkold Madina, star of the Academy Award-winning Katrina documentary, Trouble the Water.
Starting in Spring 2014, the entire NOLA Hip Hop archives catalog, along with contributions from the Where They At Bounce Exhibit, will be accessible online and in physical form at the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University. The best part about getting all this information? It’s free of charge. Of course, the research won’t stop once the catalog goes global. Holly launched a Kickstarter program, raising money to continue and gain at least 30 more interviews to add to the A-Listers she’s already had the pleasure of meeting. But as the culture of Hip Hop continues to evolve, so will the project.
Following up on his New Year’s Day release ”Reality Music”, Pittsburgh emcee $osa released to the world the 3rd installment of his ”Soul Ave” series. Over production from the late legend J Dilla, #TheSoulAve3 provides a throwback feel, perfectly wrapped in the struggling story of what’s plaguing the 412 and around the world. Too many of our youth are continuing to lose their lives and live in fear, not just of each other anymore, but pretty much of anybody: young and old. The delivery is a bit lively because of the beat used to tell the story (R.I.P. J Dilla), but if you pay attention to the lyrics, the imagery is tragic.
– Contributed by @Kd0tNikki
I always get excited when I see a video where the artist has a simple setting, mild effects, and black and white filter adding to the simplicity. All of these factors are a good indication that the product is focusing on not the theatrics to hold your attention, but the bars! 17 year old Bishop Nehru didn’t disappoint. His old school flow over a mellow beat ensures the listener that age really isn’t anything but a number and he is going to make sure you feel his music and his story. I’m excited to hear his current project he’s working on with MF DOOM entitled NehruvianDOOM (especially if this track is the prelude). Enjoy!
– Contributed by @Kd0tNikki