This past weekend, Kawan “KP” Prather took over Miami Beach for the fourth annual Revolt Music Conference as a special guest panelist, judge and DJ. Hundreds of music lovers and aspiring artists gathered at the beautiful Eden Roc Hotel to learn key information from some of today’s leaders in music. KP kicked off the conference on Thursday as a guest judge for Revolt’s ‘Be Heard’ competition. KP auditioned dozens of performers, all hoping to make it through to the next level to win a slot on Revolt TV. Paxton, the winner of the competition, was one of KP’s artists he selected to advance to the next round.
Friday morning, KP was a special guest speaker on the ‘F* A&R I Can Do It All Myself!’ panel, in which the name alone drew a curious crowd. KP had the packed audience engaged from the moment the panel began. He, along with Brooklyn Johnny, Orlando Wharton and Ryan Press with Darrale Jones as the moderator, shared key insider advice that every aspiring artist should follow. KP shares, “When you look at the artists that are making the biggest impact today like Kendrick Lamar, SZA, 6LACK, Khalid and legends like Kanye and Jay Z, they all acknowledge that having a dope A&R is a key member to have on a winning team.”
Saturday KP switched gears from music Exec to DJ when he was selected as a special guest DJ for the Ciroc Hustle Pool Party at Eden Roc Hotel. KP warmed the crowd up for one of his long time friends and legendary artists he signed, Tip “T.I.” Harris, who took the stage next for a full Hustle Gang experience. “The RMC felt like a music business family reunion, where the statesmen & women share their stories and experiences with the young people, in hopes that it would help them navigate the journey a little bit easier and faster. I look forward to being apart of it next year,” KP stated.
For the second year in a row ChooseATL kicked off the 13th annual A3C Festival & Conference with the ‘Welcome To Atlanta’ Reception at Loudermilk Center’s Toyota Ballroom. Hundreds of music lovers, tastemakers, social activists, startups and artists joined together for a night of music, celebration and fun. As the doors opened, guests were greeted with true southern cuisine, delicious Martell cocktails and a full open bar.
Royce Bable and Kate Atwood
Kate Atwood (ChooseATL) and Royce Bable (A3C Partnership Director) hosted the evening while DJ Reese controlled the vibes with classic ATL hits mixed with indie artists.
Rohit Malhotra and Matt Weiss
Rohit Malhotra (Center for Civic Innovation, Director) and Matt Weiss (A3C Production Director) took to the stage to stress the importance of voter registration and civic participation. They acknowledged the finalists for their A3C Action Pitch Competition who will pitch on Friday, Oct 6th at 7:00PM for $10,000 at A3C’s Action Summit.
Following, the night’s special guests Angela Rye and Kevin “Coach K” Lee, were honored with the Social Impact Award and the Cultural Icon Award, respectively. Angela who was the first recipient of the night, is an outspoken activist who lends her voice of hope and change to top media outlets such as CNN pushing the message of equal rights. In true Angela Rye fashion she left the hip hop community with a call to action to further pursue ownership of the culture.
Fadia Kader (Instagram) gave a beautiful speech on Coach K and shared some personal stories illuminating Coach K’s long history of supporting the Atlanta’s indie hip-hop scene and what it means to be a trailblazer in Hip-Hop. He is currently the president of Quality Control record label and manager of Migos and Lil Yachty, to name a few.
The night was capped off with a special moment, when FRKO and Eastside Chris took to the stage to present Grip : mother with a custom piece of art and let her know how much her son meant to Atlanta. Grip Plyaz was a local hip-hop legend who supported A3C every year, but tragically lost a 2 year battle with cancer, recently.
Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Keisha Lance-Bottoms were in attendance to give a warm welcome and show their support for the event that has thrived in ATL for over a decade. “There is no better way to start the 13th annual A3C Festival & Conference. Gathering friends, activists and entrepreneurs to honor and acknowledge some people we really respect and admire. It was a special night and we look forward to a great week”, Mike Walbert stated.
In celebration of their 5th year anniversary, TIG (Think It’s A Game Records), hosted a series of events in lieu of the annual A3C Festival in Atlanta. Kicking off the week, TIG held a DJ appreciation event hosted by Coalition DJs & D Haynes. This event gave the label a chance to show their gratitude to the DJ community who has assisted in breaking their artist records. The event had a chef, topless bartenders and massage therapists (Rejuv Spa). The TIG roster including – YFN Lucci, Q Money, Rubberband OG, ForteBowie, Damar Jackson, Garren, YFN Pound (YFNBC Artist), YFN Kay (YFNBC Artist), Ferrari Red (YFNBC Artist), La Mazii and Posa all performed new music for the DJ’s to review and give feedback on as well. Some notable DJ’s in attendance included: Bigga Rankin, Tephlon, DJ X, DJ Winn, Swamp Izzo, DJ Omezy, DJ Ice Berg, King Pin and more.
The following day after the DJ appreciation event, guests came out to the Masquerade for the A3C Kickoff: TIG 5th Anniversary Concert powered by Boost Mobile. Hosted by Bigga Rankin and D Haynes, each TIG artist performed their latest hit records; including rising rap star YFN Lucci performing records such as Everyday We Lit, Heartless and Key to the Streets. Trinidad James popped up for a special guest performance on Lucci’s set to pay homage to his former label, TIG. DJ Lavish Lee and DJ Southwest Atlanta kept the crowd going, as Lucci presented his Family & Friends (YFNBC) with their #1 Plaque for his hit Single “Everyday We Lit” which was the #1 Urban Record in the country back in late July. Lucci’s CEO, Fly then surprised him & their super producer June James with their “Key To The Streets” Platinum Plaque.
Wrapping up the week, TIG founder and CEO, Girvan “Fly” Henry was honored at the Black Music Moguls Brunch. Fly was recognized for being a leading music executive in the industry and nurturing the rap careers of talent such as YFN Lucci, Rich Homie Quan, Trinidad James and More. “It’s a BLESSING to be successful in the music business over these past 5 years. Honestly, I feel like this is only the beginning for us! So like Puff said, ’10 Years from now we’ll still be top,’ THINK IT’S A GAME!!!” Fly stated. TIG has quickly become one of the top independent hip-hop labels in the industry.
Atlanta, GA, Sunday, October 22nd 12:00 PM – The Empowered by PR Brunch and Roundtable Event presented by Georgia Media Agency is set to take place this month at Holly’s Event Center, celebrating the profession of Public Relations. Our brunch includes Mimosas and Champagne for our guests, door prizes, networking, and more. Join us as we honor Publicists and Business Professionals: La’Torria Lemon, Tamiko Hope, Diana Schweinbeck, and Leon Valentine. Our Master of Ceremony is RJ Darnell of Partnr, Inc. along with a special keynote presentation from Author and Public Speaker Juan C. Moore, MBA.
Immediately following the empowerment brunch, stick around for our networking mixer beginning at 2:30 – 4:30 PM. At our mixer, expect to meet attendees, engage in networking games and activities, and experience a performance by R&B Singer Alexis Ayaana.
We invite you out for a collaborative networking and engaging experience to connect with PR Professionals, Business Owners, and Creatives. Both events are open to the public. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket to our empowerment brunch, please visit GeorgiaMediaAgency.combefore tickets sell out.
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Celebrities, artists, music executives, and influencers celebrated the release ofSammie‘s latest album Coming of Age at an intimate listening event hosted by TV personality Yandy Smith at The 40/40 Club in New York City Monday, September 11th. Guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they previewed Coming of Age, followed by a live Q&A session with Yandy Smith and Sammie. The former child star also treated guests to an exclusive first look at his upcoming documentary by the same name, which highlights his career from his introduction to the industry at just 12-years old, to his return to the spotlight last year with his viral single “I’m Him.” Among the guests in attendance were R&B veteran Tank, rapper Deyonte Hunter, Hollywood Unlocked’s CEO Jason Lee and more.
Coming of Age includes the buzzing singles “Bad Gal” and “Too Long” and features appearances by Rick Ross and Eric Bellinger.
Coming of Age will be available everywhere Friday, September 15. Pre-orderComing of AgeHERE.
On Sunday evening, The Gathering Spot along with the Bossip Official cast and staff, hosted an impromptu watch party for the hit HBO show, Insecure. Dozens of fans joined together to watch the drama unfold with the season finale and participate in their Battle of The Sexes panel. During the episode, fans were surprised with a drop in from two cast mates; comedian Lil Rel who plays Quentin, Molly’s love interest on the show and the beautiful Yvonne Orji who plays Issa’s best friend, Molly. Yvonne and Rel joined the Bossip cast onstage to continue the conversation of male and female perspectives on dating, relationships, closure and double standards. Lovers of the show were able to ask any and all questions about their roles, relationship advice and more, which was streamed on Bossip’s Facebook live.
Take a peak at some of the action below!
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Yvonne Orji, Ryan Wilson (The Gathering Spot Co-Founder), Janee Bolden (Bossip Managing Editor) & Lil Rel
Six-time Grammy Award-nominated rapper/producer/multi-instrumentalist B.o.B presents the third annual BoBWOOD FEST– an interactive music festival and tribute to his loyal fans and Atlanta hometown, hosted by Greg Street (V-103), J Nicks (HOT 107.9) and the 404 Boyz (Ferrari Simmons & Audley “FlyGuyDC” Feemster) (Streetz 94.5), featuring some of the most talented, renowned, and local emerging musical artists and an array of activities for all ages to enjoy on Saturday, September 23rd. Tickets are available for HERE.
Taking place at Murphy Park Fairgrounds in the heart of downtown Atlanta, BoBWOOD FEST provides a platform for artists from various genres of music to introduce themselves to the public. Festival goers will experience live performances by Trae Tha Truth, Raury, Malachiae Warren, RaRa, Young Dro, Runway Richie, Tokyo Jetz, Trap Beckham, Translee, London Jae, JaqueBeatz, Honey Hips, Duka, Yani Mo, Highness, Ink, Domani Harris, Havi, Young Booke, J. Alston and Edi, as well as a headlining set from B.o.Bhimself. Patrons will enjoy carnival games, bouncy houses, oversized classic games like Jenga and Checkers, meet and greets with performers, face painting, skating and BMX bike riding. What’s more, world-renowned artist Paper Frank will create a live art installation. The fun doesn’t stop there- ladies will have the chance to win a cash prize during a special dance contest hosted by B.o.B.
At sunset, there will be a pyro display with fire breathing, fire eating and other unbelievable stunts as well as a rave-style laser LED light show to close the night. Past performers have included Sevyn Streeter, Scotty ATL, and NO GENRE‘s London Jae and Jacque Beatz. See highlights from the first annualBoBWOOD FESThere.
Powered by NO GENRE, Crown Me LLC and RocklanOne, BoBWOOD FESTis an event for all ages during the day. Patrons 18 and under must be escorted by an adult. From 11pm to 3am, BoBWOOD FEST is 21+.
After his blockbuster 2010 debut B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which spawned the multiplatinum megahit “Nothin’ On You” [feat. Bruno Mars], B.o.B released the platinum-certified Strange Clouds, gold-certifiedUnderground Luxury, and his most recent and first independent offeringETHER[No Genre/EMPIRE] which includes the singles “Xantastic” ft. Young Thug and “4Lit” ft. Ty Dolla $ign.
Last Weekend, thousands of music lovers invaded Atlanta for the first-ever ‘A-Town Music Fest. Held at the famous Wolf Creek Amphitheater, this festival highlighted some of the artists that helped shape the sound of Southern Hip Hop and put ATL on the map. Dungeon Family’s own, KP The Great, controlled the vibes in between each act and kept the energy at an all time high DJing for his DF brothers, The Goodie Mob.
Ceelo Green and KP The Great – Photo Credit Joe Films
Towards the end of the night, KP The Great surprised the crowd with a true Atlanta special guest DJ set. ScottyATL introduced the set with his song “Cloud IX” which set the tone. KP hit the ATL crowd with a barrage of Atlanta hits and then David Banner hit the stage, performing music from his acclaimed album, “#TheGodBox”, as well as his classic hit “Like A Pimp”. The Dream followed, who performed his hit records “I Luv Your Girl” and “Rockin’ That Thang”which had all the ladies singing to every word. KP The Great transitioned from that song to Crime Mob’s set, who performed smash hits “Stilettos”, “Rock Yo Hips” and “Knuck if You Buck”, which had the entire crowd on their feet.
T.I. – Photo Credit Joe Films
To end his Atlanta set, KP The Great did a special Shawty Lo tribute for the fallen rapper, whose life ended tragically this year. As the tribute was closing, none other than T.I., the King of the South. T.I., ran out to close out the set. T.I., who was celebrating the 14th birthday of Trap Muzik, gave his fans an impromptu show, performing classics like “24’s”, “You Don’t Know Me” and ending on a high note with “Rubberband Man” with Banner joining him on stage. “These artists I brought out for the show have all contributed and shaped Atlanta music. Each of them are unique and have made a major impact to the music industry. Big thanks to my brothers Tip, Banner, Dream and ScottyATL and Crime Mob for helping to make history tonight”, KP The Great stated.
Iconic recording artist, actor and philanthropist, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, has just announced his stellar lineup for his anticipated LudaDay Weekend. Celebrating its 12th year, thousands of supporters will gather in Atlanta September 1st – 3rd, 2017 to spend a weekend with some of their favorite celebrities and of course, Ludacris. This year celebrity appearances include: Cardi B – who has been taking the industry by storm with her smash hit ‘Bodak Yellow’, actor Evan Ross, recording artist, producer and one of the stars on VH1’s The Breaks and HBO’s The Wire, Mack Wilds, acclaimed TV host Terrance J, LaLa Anthony – mother, author and actress on Starz hit series ‘Power’, actor and celebrity photographer – Lance Gross and legendary actor Larenz Tate, with more announcements to follow.
This year, Ludacris will bring to the city of Atlanta a series of special events, kicking off on Friday with The Grass is Greener Golf Tournament. Later that evening Ludacris will host the popular annual celebrity-bowling tournament at Bowlmor Lanes, where hundreds of celebs and fans have the chance to go head to head for the winning title. On Saturday, Ludacris is calling all families to the Turner Field open lot, for the AmbitiousX Presents: LudaFamDay Powered by Spotify, followed by a 21+ day party, to be announced on a later date. Wrapping up the weekend is the celebrity basketball game at Morehouse Forbes Arena where the fans have a chance to watch some of their favorite actors, musicians and athletes play for the winning medal and bragging rights. Immediately following, Ludacris and his celeb friends will swing into Topgolf Atlanta Midtown to enjoy a little golf competition, music, food & beverage at the official Topgolf Takeover.
“LudaDay Weekend is a weekend where I can show love to the city that’s shown me so much love over the years. Each year, we strive to bring entertaining events to the city of Atlanta, that our fans can participate in and I couldn’t do it without the help of my celebrity friends who constantly support this weekend. This is our 12th year and I’m grateful we are able to continue growing. This year will definitely be one to go down in history,” Ludacris states.
In previous years, Ludaday Weekend has included appearances from top entertainers such as Kevin Hart, Chris Brown, Justin Beiber, Rick Ross, Gabrielle Union, Michael B. Jordan, 50 Cent as well as athletes such as Dwayne Wade, John Wall, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson and many more.