In 1996 I graduated from Fairfield Prep with Johnny Voltik. Don’t try to find him in the yearbook, though, as his current name is one for the stage. As with many high school friends, we lost touch after graduation, but last week we finally linked up again thanks to Elizabeth Allen directing me in Voltik’s direction at Conscious’ monthly Bondfire show. As it turns out, Voltik is an artist in the scene now, and after listening to his music I can say he’s a damned good one. To be honest, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise to me, as he was always a talented dude, even back in the day. This week we reconnected for a convo about his music, as well as our times at the all boys high school in Connecticut, and what from those days still has an impact on him today.
What started as a print magazine that ceased publication due to increasing print cost and decreasing advertising revenue has returned as the first hip hop magazine app to hit the Apple store. Spearheaded by Chris "Cartel" English and Lord Jamar (of Brand Nubian fame), the Hoodgrown Magazine app is scheduled to hit the app store late November.
"Though the website has been gaining in popularity I always knew that one day we would return to our print roots." says Hoodgrown's CEO, Chris English. "This app allows us to combine the best of the print and web experience in a whole new package. Imagine a hip hop magazine having the potential to reach 4.5 million iPad Owners. That's Big!"
The app will be available as a free download in the app store as will each issue due to it's advertiser supported model.
A HALLOWEEN EXCLUSIVE // PRODUCED BY 2 HUNGRY BROS "TAKEN FROM THE "OPEN BUFFET" MIXTAPE OUT NOV 23RD"
This is the first leak taken from the forthcoming 2 Hungry Bros x Dub MD project, a track entitled "The Download Song" brought to you by Atlanta based emcee Señor Kaos, he speaks on the internet culture that is illegal/legal downloading...GRUBS UP!!
With a release date of November 23rd, 2010. AOK Collective's 2 Hungry Bros join forces with Dub MD to bring you the "Open Buffet" a mixtape jam packed with a plethora of 2 Hungry material. The mixtape features the likes of Fresh Daily, P.SO, 8thW1, Señor Kaos and more.
I normally don't editorialize on promotional MP3 links I get by e-mail but Gucci Mane f/ Waka Flocka "You Know What It Is" is the most unintentionally perfect pairing ever - it's absolutely without question DUMB meets DUMBER. The link is courtesy of M3W: