Atlanta Music Mania

Atlanta is famous for many things. Whether you’re looking for great food or good friends, Atlanta is a city steeped in culture. However, this past weekend brought crowds to Atlanta for something other than the heat. The annual Music Midtown Festival brought together some of the biggest names in the business for two days of musical heaven. From Rock to Rap, every genre had its time on the stage and an ocean of cheering fans for support. Here are some of the weekend’s highlights.

Rock gods descended on Atlanta for the performance of a lifetime. Van Halen blasted onto the stage with their original frontman alongside new member, Wolfgang Van Halen. Son of the longtime member Eddie, Wolfgang proved he can hold his own alongside musicians that have been playing longer than he’s been alive. The young performer’s rocking bass solo prompting high-fives from legendary lead singer David Lee Roth as they tore up a set of both old and new songs.

Komichel JohnsonWhile not a native to the United States, Sir Elton John has always called Atlanta home. Resplendent in his customary sequined suit and massive sunglasses, Sir Elton played a hit-packed set that any fan would recognize. A tracklist pulled straight from his greatest hits, “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer” rang out over an appreciative crowd. A youthful vigor seemed to possess the artist as he dug deeper with each song, bringing an energy that echoed the days his songs hail from.

Drake, Canadian, rapper and hip-hop phenom drew huge crowds for his on-stage performance. From the stage, the roaring mass of people stretched far as the eye could see. Using the energy of the crowd, Drake played an 85-minute set that touched every one of his hits. “O to 100,” “The Motto,” and “We Made it” turned the massive crowd into a sea of bobbing heads. Closing his set with an explosive blast of fireworks, Hotlanta was burning up by night’s end.

This weekend was a testament to the cultural fire still burning in the heart of Atlanta. Bands from all corners of the industry came together to make this year’s Music Midtown Festival something special. For more on the line up, click here.


Drake serves Meek Mills “Back to Back”

And the feud continues. Drake hit Meek Mill with yet another diss track following “Charged Up” (which Mill called “baby lotion soft”) titled “Back to Back Freestyle.”

The feud stems from Mill’s accusations that Drake hired Atlanta rapper Quentin Miller as a ghostwriter for his guest verse on Meek Mill’s track “R.I.C.O.” off his new album Dreams Worth More Than Money. However, Miller, who has collaborated with Drake in the past, as well as Drake’s producer Noah “40” Shebib, both deny Mill’s claims.

In “Back to Back Freestyle,” the Toronto rapper certainly doesn’t hold back.

Stand out moments include Drake’s calling out Mill’s decision to start something though social media rapping that Mills “trigger fingers” had turned to “Twitter fingers.” On July 21st, Mill tweeted “@MeekMill: Stop comparing drake to me too…. He don’t write his own raps! That’s why he ain’t tweet my album because we found out!” and “@MeekMill: He ain’t even write that verse on my album and if I woulda knew I woulda took it off my album….. I don’t trick my fans! Lol”

Perhaps one of the cruelest barbs in the rap, and definitely most memorable, features Drake emasculating Mill for serving as the opening act for girlfriend Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint Tour.

“You love her then you gotta give the world to her / Is that a world tour or your girls tour? / I know that you gotta be a thug for her / This ain’t what she meant when she told you to open up more”

Drake then goes on to warn Young Money cohort Minaj–to “hit him with a pre-nup.”

“Back to Back Freestyle” also acknowledges that Drake will probably regret the attention he gave the feud in the future, but then goes on to say “I’m not sure what it was that made y’all mad / But I guess this is what I gotta do to make y’all rap.”

And Mill finally did. Dropping “Wanna Know” in the late evening of July 30th, Meek continues to drop more ghostwriting jokes, making his message pretty straightforward: he thinks Drake is getting famous off of other people’s work.

“I just wanna know, I just wanna know / Was it Quentin Miller? Was it Hush or was it Detail where you really got your flow”

And while the anticipated diss track definitely created a social media frenzy Thursday night, the general consensus was in Drakes favor. The punch lines aren’t memorable, the flow indecipherable at times, and the beat is all over the place. Politicians, athletes, musicians and fans alike took to social media to criticize “Wanna Know,” with fast-food chain Whataburger tweeting “Meek Mill take it from us – if you gonna serve beef serve it high quality.”

Drake’s response? A photo of him laughing at something on his phone that was posted on Instagram.

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5 Facts about Johann Sebastian Bach

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1.Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21st, 1685 in Germany. He was born into a family of musicians whom utilized their musical skills as a trade like metal work or shoe-making.

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2. By the age of 10 Bach was an orphan taken in by his brother Christoph. Johan was also a musician who loved to challenge his artistic abilities.

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3. Johann Bach had a beautiful voice, he was a talented soprano. This helped him secure a spot at the boy’s school in Lü. As he voice began to change, he switched his musical interest to playing violin and harpsichord.


4. In 1717, Bach accepted a position to work with Prince Leopold in Köthen. The Prince was also a passionate musician and played the violin. Bach’s greatest instrumental works, including the Brandenburg Concertos and The Well-Tempered Clavier, came from the 1717-1723 time period while he was working with the prince in Köthen.

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5. Johann Sebastian Bach wrote in a contrapuntal style. His writing style tended to be denser and explored more dissonant harmonies. Bachs writing style was so unique in that it allowed him to leave little room for interpretation.

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Top Ten OutKast Songs of All Time

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OutKast, consisting of Atlanta-based rappers André 3000 and Big Boi, tore up the airwaves in the early 2000s, but their successful music career has covered a much longer timeline. OutKast has been pumping out hits since the early 1990s, setting themselves apart as veteran, genre-defining rappers.

Here are some of OutKast’s top 10 hits:

10. ‘Elevators (Me & You)’ from ‘ATLiens’ (1996)

Coming from their second album, in this song André 3000 and Big Boi prove themselves to being more than just southern rappers as they reflected on their successes up to that point and how their fans perceived them.

9. ‘Hey Ya!’ from ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’ (2003)

Likely one of the most played songs throughout 2003. Hey Ya! was literally everywhere due to it’s upbeat music video and lyrics, despite being sad love song.

8. ‘B.O.B.’ from ‘Stankonia’ (2000)

Besides being catchy and just plain good, B.O.B had a fun music video and quickly became a fan favorite

7. ‘SpottieOttieDopelicious’ from ‘Aquemini’ (1998)

In this song, OutKast touches upon incidents at night clubs, which were often too common many years ago, and the struggles of providing for a child while living life outside of the law. What makes this standout was their spoken-word like delivery.

6. ‘Crumblin’ Erb’ from ‘southernplayalisticadillamuzik’ (1994)

More like a wake-up call, Crumlin’ Erb’ was all about making it big while maintaining your game up.

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5. ‘Return of the ‘G’ from ‘Aquemini’ (1998)

While André 3000 tore down those who unjustifiably criticized OutKast’s music, Big Boi took on those who had called them out on experimenting with their sound by their second album.

4. ‘Hootie Hoo’ from ‘southernplayalisticadillamuzik’ (1994)

What would you hear as you walked out onto the streets of any major U.S. city in 1994? “Hootie hooooooooooo” all because of OutKast.

3. ‘Rosa Parks’ from ‘Aquemini’ (1998)

This tune was all about the music more than it was about what you can expect to be solid lyrics from André and Big Boi.

2. ‘Git Up, Git Out’ from ‘southernplayalisticadillamuzik’ (1994)

A soulful 7 minute long piece with added vocals by Goodie Mob.

1. ‘Da Art of Storytellin’ (Pt. 1)’ from ‘Aquemini’ (1998)

A brilliant example of story rap, where André 3000 stuns listeners with his ability to deliver verses with such precision.



Is Drake the Voice of Generation Y?

Drake (26) can’t pretend that he doesn’t know, everything he makes will be the new lingo for today’s up and coming generation. Hence – (YOLO). Aubrey Graham has a talent for writing lyrics that end up in the most parallel of places. For example, Twitter hashtags, Taco bell Sauce etc. “It’s hard enough to make a hit song without wondering whether it’ll end up on the front of a hot sauce packet. But Drake can’t pretend he doesn’t know that’s a possibility.”

Popularizing the millennial go to lingo and Oxford English Dictionary word of the year candidate YOLO (You Only Live Once) on the song “The Motto” two years ago. Drake has literally gone from being a possible new generation of rapper to a poet, speaking on behalf of a new generation of adults.

Drake’s ability to affect today’s culture is in no way doubted. He’s sold over 4.5 million albums since his debut album “Thank Me Later” in 2010.  According to Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard Drake has a lead for featured artist in the top 10 of the Hot 100 a dozen times. With 10 No. 1s to his name, he’s topped Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart more than any artist in history, beating legendary artist such as Jay-Z.

Drake is a smart man, and we can’t take that away from him. He’s a part of a generation whose taste is basically controlled by the internet. In other words, it’s not just about experiencing development in music through peers, radio, and surroundings. Instead, he also explores the history through impulse decisions, customized strategy and personal branding.

Here’s a look at some of Drake’s most popular tracks thus far:

1. Hold On, We’re going Home (Nothing Was the Same)


2. Best I Ever Had (So Far Gone)


3. Take Care (Take Care)


4. The Motto (Take Care)