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Just in time to celebrate the birth of hip hop, Spotify kicked off their latest concert series, RapCaviar Live. What better place to kick off the highly anticipated concert series than in the city where trap music thrives, Atlanta. Hundreds of excited fans packed the Tabernacle to see the “Trap God” himself, Gucci Mane, Mike WiLL Made-It, and 6lack put on performances worthy of their positions on RapCaviar, Spotify’s most sought out hip hop playlist.

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 6lack onstage at Spotify's RapCaviar Live at The Tabernacle on August 12, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia

ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 12: 6lack onstage at Spotify’s RapCaviar Live at The Tabernacle on August 12, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Spotify)

From beginning to end, RapCaviar Live was a showcase of Atlanta’s finest. Spotify brought the city out in a way no one expected! I walked in expecting a great show and left with a musical experience that will forever be embedded in my memory. Rapper Dae Dae took the stage and put on a head bobbing, dread shaking performance. Dae Dae’s energy on stage translated in his music. Word from word, the crowd recited the lyrics to “Wat U Mean” and “Spend It”. Next to follow was another one of Atlanta’s finest, K Camp. The Slum Lord gave the crowd a taste of slum life with the tracks “Cut Her Off” and “Slum Anthem.”

The killer songwriter and singer with the smoothest demeanor, 6lack hit the stage next. 6lack serenaded the crowd with a plethora of hits ranging from “Ex Calling and the certified Plantinum record, “PRBLMS.” The epitome of Sade’s smooth operator , 6lack left every woman in the audience in complete awe of his vocals and ability to connect with the crowd.

 

Mike Will Made It onstage at Spotify's RapCaviar Live at The Tabernacle on August 12, 2017 in Atlanta,

ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 12: Mike Will Made It onstage at Spotify’s RapCaviar Live at The Tabernacle on August 12, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Spotify)

Mike WiLL Made-It

Mike WilLL turned his hour-long set into his personal studio session. The highly respected producer gave the crowd hit after hit and paid homage to one of Atlanta’s fallen angels, Shawty Lo. As expected, Mike WiLL didn’t leave the stage without giving fans one last hurrah. The energetic, hit makers from Mississippi, Rae Sremmurd, took the stage. The sibiling duo put on a headlining performance that brought the entire crowd to their feet.  The temperature in the Tabernacle went from 72 degrees to unbearably hot. The walls literally started to sweat. Rae Sremmurd’s performance was just the tip of the ice berg.

Gucci Mane onstage at Spotify's RapCaviar Live at The Tabernacle on August 12, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 12: Gucci Mane onstage at Spotify’s RapCaviar Live at The Tabernacle on August 12, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Spotify)

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Caviar is never forgetting where you come from. After Gucci’s performance, it’s evident the Trap God never forgot the city that raised him. Gucci surprised the crowd by enlisting the help of : Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Playboi Carti, Lil Wop, Marlow, Rocko, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Lil Baby, Trouble Trouble, and Ears. It’s no wonder why Gucci is known as the Trap God.

 Meek Mill joins Gucci Mane on stage at Spotify's RapCaviar Live at The Tabernacle on August 12, 2017

ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 12: Meek Mill joins Gucci Mane on stage at Spotify’s RapCaviar Live at The Tabernacle on August 12, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Spotify)

I’m sure I’m not the only person who listened to Spotify’s RapCaviar playlist to relive an incredible night of performances. RapCaviar Atlanta was a musical experience only Spotify can orchestrate. There’s no telling what RapCaviar will bring in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Toronto. For your chance to catch RapCaviar Live in a city near you visit Ticketmaster.

 

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WINNING! Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) Becomes First Rapper To Win Pulitzer Prize!

Kendrick Lamar is once again making history! Apparently the highly acclaimed rapper who has won Grammy after Grammy can add a Pulitzer Prize to his repertoire of awards, via his hit album, “Damn!” Kendrick is now the first rapper to receive a Pulitzer and the first musician outside of the jazz and classical music genres to win as well!

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Kendrick Lamar is once again making history! Apparently the highly acclaimed rapper who has won Grammy after Grammy can add a Pulitzer Prize to his repertoire of awards, via his hit album, “Damn!” Kendrick is now the first rapper to receive a Pulitzer and the first musician outside of the jazz and classical music genres to win as well!

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On Monday, Mr. Lamar’s “DAMN.” took home an even more elusive honor, one that may never have even seemed within reach: the Pulitzer Prize for music. Mr. Lamar is not only the first rapper to win the award since the Pulitzers expanded to music in 1943, but he is also the first winner who is not a classical or jazz musician.

“The time was right,” Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes, said in an interview after the winners were announced. “We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to — the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.”

She added: “It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers.”

All we can say is congratulations Kendrick! This is huge and we are over the moon happy for you. Mr. Lamar continues to push the envelope with his music, style, and mantra of activism! Dana is right this is a huge moment for hip-hop/rap, allowing others to recognized for their craft and contributions. What do you guys think of Kendrick’s big win? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Welcome To Greatness! Martel Star Leads Us To Emerald City!

When it comes to who in Atlanta has and who does not there is a short list and then there’s a list that practically scrapes the stratosphere. Thankfully one Atlanta artist and actor is daring to break the stratosphere, becoming a rising star of the Web World and music world!

Martel Star is his name, winning is his game, and if you haven’t heard of him there’s a ledge on Spaghetti Junction you can step off of!

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When it comes to who in Atlanta has and who does not there is a short list and then there’s a list that practically scrapes the stratosphere. Thankfully one Atlanta artist and actor is daring to break the stratosphere, becoming a rising star of the Web World and music world!

Martel Star is his name, winning is his game, and if you haven’t heard of him there’s a ledge on Spaghetti Junction you can step off of!

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We first met Martel back in 2015, when he first began his acting career in a fledgling web series that never quite made it to production. That project may have fizzled but Martel has done everything, but that. “I’m just always determined to be the best me I can be. God’s blessed me with the ability to do a lot and I just know that my talent is going to take me some really amazing places…it is already is actually!” 

Indeed, Martel Star has made some serious moves in the last year with his appearance in noted web series, 7th & Love and Rahim Brazil’s Twisted. “Acting has really been taking off for me and I’m very happy about that [He laughs]. I definitely consider myself blessed for the opportunities I’ve been given and I’m actually about to be in a new web series that I can’ give the details on yet…” Martel made waves in his role on Twisted as “Nick,” an HIV positive gay man looking for love in all the wrong places. “Y’all know y’all love Nick! I’ll definitely be reprising that role in ‘Twisted 2’ [sequel/Season 2 of Twisted]…I really enjoyed playing that character because I feel like people relate to him a lot…we’ve all been played a little or been the person pining after someone. But he has a lot of strength and he really grew as the season progressed…”

As aforementioned Martel is not only a great actor, but an equally amazing artist. The boy can rap with the best of them and is constantly working to be greater and push the envelope to stardom. His latest musical venture involves a new EP, Welcome To Emerald City! The EP not only showcases his talents, but really set the bar for other indie rappers out there. “This [EP] has been a long time coming and I’ve put a lot of love and time into it–it’s my baby! The album definitely has something for everyone and you will be able to have fun and turn up to it!” Martel goes on to reveal the origins of his EP’s name. “Well I absolutely love ‘The Wizard of Oz!’ [And] I feel like Atlanta is Emerald City…It’s Black Hollywood, all the music and entertainment is coming from out here. It’s like the Black Mecca and land of opportunities just like Emerald City is where Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and The Lion went to get what they needed.”

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Atlanta may very well be the launching pad for what will undoubtedly be an amazing career for Martel Star. However, it will be his charisma, talent, and will to be the best that will keep him there and rocket him to the top. “I’m ready for it all, and it’s going to be lit! I know I’m ready for it all and I’ll be giving the people a show!” Still, don’t take our word for it. If you are in Atlanta come and check him out at Welcome To Emerald City’s Release Party!  It all goes down at the Liquid Lounge, 150 Pine Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308 at 5 PM EST! You can download Welcome To Emerald City on ALL digital platforms! Happy Listening!

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LIT! Bobby V’s (@BobbyV) Listening Party was “Electrik!”

When you have it, YOU HAVE IT; and in the case of Bobby Valentino (Bobby V) he NEVER  lost it! The same man who brought us hits like Slow Down, Anonymous, and Tell Me is back with a new album that is literally electrifying–Electrik! 

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When you have it, YOU HAVE IT; and in the case of Bobby Valentino (Bobby V) he NEVER  lost it! The same man who brought us hits like Slow Down, Anonymous, and Tell Me is back with a new album that is literally electrifying–Electrik! 

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Bobby V had a lit listening party last night and thanks to Kontrol Magazine, our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning was in the building, with Web Star/actor, Chris June in tow. It all went down at W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta and we were there as Bobby sang a medley of the hits that made him famous and revealed his latest singles, Lil Bit, featuring Snoop Dogg, and Promise. The latter song is EVERYTHING! It is ballad he wrote for his daughter–yes, Bobby is “a daddy now” as he so humorously stated–and the lyrics, guitar, and chords are so catchy!

You can catch the official music video for Lil Bit below as well as listen to Promise:

However, one of the biggest surprises, and coolest moments, happened when he performed Blackberry Molasses with his former group members from Mista. Check out a snippet of it below:

We have to say we are glad Bobby V is back and giving us some much needed and authentic R&B. Check out the track list from Electrik below and you can purchase it everywhere this Friday, March 9th! Tell us what you think of the new singles and album overall in our comments section below! Happy Listening! Good job Bobby!

 

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