Decatur Redd

Atlanta has a heavy class of new young lions hitting center stage and native son Decatur Redd is one of that exceptional class! We don’t do a lot of interviews but thought we’d introduce you to someone new…enjoy!

Who are you and what is a typical day like in the life of Decatur Redd?

East Atl Zone 6 representative born and raised on the east side of Atlanta. When I get up first thing I do is pray then str8 to the music. Might listen to a few beats from producers they’ve sent to me via email and go to some of my current sessions and listen to the mix to see what’s to be fixed. Then spend about an hour every day with my kids.

Does your past have any influence on your life and he decisions you make today?

Of course as do many people, we learn from our past some things not to be repeated. I often reflect back to that ten year bid I did just to stay focused.

Reflections of the past: What was it like growing up in Georgia?

Growing up as a kid with a lot of brothers made me learn how to stand up on my own. I had no father so I learned fast how to take care myself at a very young age. But I stayed in the hood so all my peers didn’t seem much different, we all were trying to learn how to be men without dads.

What was the pivotal moment in your life when you realized that you were meant to be an artist or in the music industry?

I’ve always knew that I liked music and wanted to be a star some day but in the hood, that reality was light years away from ever coming true. I guess for me, it was getting more real. The more people I knew I seen come from nothing to local hood stars and then I knew I could do it. Once I hit the clubs and theDJjs started playing my music and people was reacting to it like they knew me, I knew then it was for me. Dudes in my hood was wilding out to hear somebody they stay right next door to playing in the local clubs.

Who encouraged your musical growth and how long have you actually been seriously recording, writing and producing?

I love music, especially when the beat is banging and the vocals are mixed well. Learned how to appreciate that from my dad when i was a child. He would play the piano and sing songs for us. I didn’t take being an artist serious until i met Akon. He was my biggest inspiration,so i started taking my writing more serious.

Two words: Kendrick Lamar? Your thoughts on how he changed the rap game or if he in fact changed it at all?

I don’t think he changed the rap game at all. The rap game is still the same,the same rappers with Migos and Future type flows and extreme down south 808 beats. This is what you hear still today all over your radio. Kendrick was without doubt a breath of fresh air to the game,but he hasn’t done no more then what drake or Kanye have already did and that’s make real music.

What was your initial reaction when your first licensing opportunity came to you approached and how did the other placements become a reality?

I was excited and shocked,but when i saw the show (WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR) it was background music and the scene didn’t quiet fit,so i calmed down fast. It was until the second placement on the show “AKWARD” where it was so surreal. the song was on full display for about 20 seconds and in film that’s great timing. But to hear my song i a movie was crazy,it’s like you can’t believe it’s you.

As an Atlanta artist, where were you when you heard your first song playing on the radio?

I was in a hotel parking lot. The way they introduced the song was awesome and i was in shock for about a good 7 or 8 seconds then i knew it was real. I started turning up in that parking lot trying to tell everybody that walked pass me. I had the radio pumped loud til the song went off. The best part is when people called my phone to tell me they heard my song on the radio,i can’t explain how i felt.

How did you make the transition from artist to songwriter to producer?

Once i learned how to make my own beats and mix them it was on. When i first jumped out the gate it was hard to get beats from producers without paying,and some producers had crazy tickets. I was like i could buy the same program they using with that money and make my own beats and i did..Now it’s easy.

How do your family and children react to your music? 

My family always knew it was there and have always shown me support even when I wanted to give up at times. I only allow my kids to hear the clean versions of my songs, but they watch me produce the music.

How are you treated at home, are you the same ole Decatur Redd to your closest friends and family?

Naw they treat me like a regular dude cause they aways around me. I try not to put much distance between my family and friends cause that’s where the line between acting hollywood is drawn. I could’t be comfortable with my people treating me like this big star.

Tell us about your work in the latest movie (as a placement)?

I have work in an independent movie called ” HITS” directed and written by:David Cross and in a Major WorldWide movie called Triple 9 directed by John Hellcoat and written by Matt Cook to be released Sep 11 2015.

What has been your most memorable moment, to date, in your grind towards success and fame?

Going from one state to another has always been amazing. I think the best experience thus far was performing at the dub show in front of thousands of people different races and different life styles. That California love was real. I miss that.

What is your opinion or insight on the significance of the digital platform?

To me it’s a great platform to get off on especially if you’er new and up and coming. It’s give all artist a chance to be heard and a chance to grow fans. It actually make success for an artist a button click away from being a star.

What are your feelings about the Cash Money / YMCMB situation and the overall state of loyalty?

Funny you asked. Loyalty is a word thrown around these days with little or no substance. I never knew loyalty to have an expiration date. But to answer your question i think it shows that families and brothers have fights and disagreements too,there is no such thing as a perfect relationship,some people just know how to cover their issues well better than others. I want to see them guys air it out cry it off or whatever and get back to the business of giving to the fans some good product. They were a great team for so many years, I think wayne need to understand the great deal of work upon his boss and bird man need to realize his empire wouldn’t be shit without wayne,no amount of money or fame would make me consider crossing my partner my team,my loyalty to RMR is Forever.

Who are the most talented/top 4 rap artists out today; in your opinion?

I think Drake – The Weekend – Kendrick Lamar – Tory Lanes – Myself

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The City Of Lost Angels: Homelessness In L.A.

Posted: March 26, 2015 by realjdobypr in News

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I had to share this one…a fresh eye talking about one of the greatest ills of Los Angeles…homelessness…

Originally posted on The Banks Brand Blog™:

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The City of Los Angeles, mostly known for its movie stars,  Hollywood, beaches and high class life, has a severe underlying issue of homelessness that most don’t know of unless you’re here. I’ve never seen so many people living on the street, under overpasses, on freeway exits and entrances, bus stops, in front of storefronts, lawns or wherever there is any type of space in my life and I’m from NY where we thought we saw it all.

Out here in L.A., when you see tents and tarps it’s not for happy campers enjoying the great outdoors, it’s people on the street with nowhere else to go. Reportedly there are over 40,000 documented homeless in Los Angeles, many of which have mental and/or drug addiction problems. The homeless problem out here is so bad that they even have a place in downtown L.A. designated on maps as “Skid Row” (Google…

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5StarFlashy ft. Killa Fresh, QuJuan Da Don - "Next Ex Girl" / www.hiphopondeck.com
The Bay Area’s Own 5StarFlashy Drops New Track “Next Ex Girl” Featuring Killa Fresh and QuJuan Da Don
Snoop Dogg to Keynote SXSW Music 2015

Snoop Dogg to Keynote SXSW Music 2015

The SXSW Music Conference and Festival is announcing a Keynote Conversation with Snoop Dogg. The keynote takes place on Friday, March 20 at 11:00AM in Ballroom A of the the Austin Convention Center.

Multi-platinum artist, actor and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg is at the forefront of pop culture with award-winning albums and songs, multiple films, lifestyle products, philanthropic efforts and digital ventures, including his YouTube original series “GGN News.” Snoop Dogg has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and received multiple GRAMMY® nominations.

Since 1993, he has released twelve albums and collaborated with artists across all genres. Snoop defines hip-hop history. He’s set records with his seminal album Doggystyle, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 800,000 copies in the first week. Throughout his career, Snoop’s produced chart-topping hits including “Gin & Juice,” “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang,” “Next Episode,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Signs” and “Sensual Seduction.”

Snoop Dogg’s keynote conversation is open to all Music and Platinum registrants and registered showcasing artists.

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The Hype Magazine Spring Issue cover

The Hype Magazine Spring Issue cover

Young Pandas, the “New Soul of Rock” take over the cover of The Hype Magazine 2015 Spring Issue, scheduled for newsstand release March 26. The group is part of an activation by the Daimler Corp’s new travel application, RideScout, which took them from the small stage to a global arena with all eyes on them. RideScout became the group’s exclusive mode of transport for their U.S. tour launch called the “RideScout Road Trip.” As a unique plus for the Spring issue, The Hype Magazine ties in with Young Pandas for live updates on their experience. Young Pandas will share exclusive moments from the road via The Hype Magazine Instagram account. (@TheHypeMagazineNetwork) RideScout will also produce documentary segments of Young Pandas and their experience, including major tour stops like SXSW 2015. Added to the lineup for spring are, 3x Grammy nominated producer Rey Reel (Beyonce, Flawless & remix Ft. Niki Minaj); Serayah McNiell from the explosive Fox TV Series “Empire” and Craig Wayne Boyd, from Team Blake (Shelton), winner of last season’s “The Voice,” Jonas Gray of the World Champion New England Patriots, Compton rapper Problem and more. Specialty columns, “Time to Shine” and “Crossing Over” respectively, feature two new names in the music industry that have very special stories. “Time to Shine” introduces, singer Dylan Hyde who is a young man ready to bring a new level of excitement to the industry. Dylan’s “Hyde Pryde” global network is prepping for his break out project which includes work with the legendary “Babyface.”  “Crossing Over” features New York’s Oxymorrons, a theatrically creative Hip-Hop crew rocking a live band and moving at the speed of sound. This issue, The Hype Magazine also welcomes Celebrity contributors DJ Michael “5000” Watts and NFL Agent Sean P. Stellato to it’s editorial staff. Each will provide subject matter expert content from their respective arenas. DJ Michael “5000” Watts, CEO/Founder of Houston’s Swisha House will share new Southern Music and culture pieces. Sean will provide an inside look at the sports agent world and behind the scenes commentary on the world of the NFL. Sean’s client roster includes 3 actively playing Super Bowl champion players, among other well known names in the league. The Hype Magazine is available in major retail stores throughout the United States, Germany and Guam. Key retailers include Walgreens, Barnes and Noble, Target, 7-11, K-Mart, Marsh and Books A Million locations. The Hype Magazine prints four times yearly for newsstands and retail stores, with specialty issues available in digital/print-on-demand formats. For more information on The Hype Magazine, including subscriptions and locations, visit their official website http://thehypemagazine.com.

Killa Fresh - "Real Spit" Video {Dir. By Jay Pusha} www.hiphopondeck.com

Killa Fresh “Real Spit”

The Bay Area Rapper “Killa Fresh” From East Oakland Is Really Putting His Work In. He Drops a New Video Off His “Real Repty” Mixtape Entitled “Real Spit” Directed by Jay Pusha.

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bangaThere is a distinct contrast between the rhymes & metaphors spoken by rappers, and the appeal of the lifestyle & compelling journeys of overcoming and excelling as an Urban Street Star. Anyone can rhyme but seldom possess the appeal of relativity.

Hustle Team Banga bolsters that trait and has the resume to prove it. Born & raised on the streets of Dade County Miami Florida, Banga represents the trials and achievements of life as a hustler and survivor in the game.

Banga’s life story mirrors that of an urban blockbuster script. In Banga’s own words…Shit was crazy growin up. My Pops was a Hitter, and my Ol’ Girl was in the dope game. By the time I was 4 both of them was in prison. First of all both of them was under 17 when I was born so you already know how sh*t was. My grandma tried her best to hold me down but it was only so much she can do.

By the time I turned 10 yrs old I was a superstar in the Pop Warner Youth Football League but at the same time, I was already smoking weed, learning how to shoot dice and bag up dope. At 15 I got kicked out of school for good. At that time I was knee deep in the streets. Every crackhead/ drunk and street n*gga down south knew exactly who I was and what I was capable of so they treated me accordingly. At 17 I was basically a 25 year old man. I had a spot right outside the Pork & Beans projects and another on the south side of Miami where I’m originally from.

By the time I was 19, I couldn’t even do regular 19 yr old sh*t because of the name I made in the streets. I was feeling like Miami was to small for me so I was trying to find my way out fast. Date set and I’m ready to leave Miami for Atlanta but right then 4 n*ggas tried to rob me but I started swinging so we fought it out. I caught them a lil later at the store. I got my guns, jumped out and emptied both clips. It was 3pm and the police were already close by. They heard the gunshots and automatically start coming. Long story short I got caught without the guns so I was released. That same day I moved to the A to get into something positive. So, I start rapping to tell my story. 

As captivating as this saga was, it was only the beginning. Banga moved to Atlanta & spear headed the mass movement we all know as Hustle Team. He collaborated w/ Hustle Team Jay and dropped several street anthems that garnered the unwavering attention of the streets and the industry.

Banga became intimate with Twerk Team Originator “Betty Butt” and the duo proceeded to climb the ranks of Atlanta’s top tier entertainers; So much so that Banga soon partnered w/ 24/7 & Konvict Musik.

Banga excelled through tragedy & obstacles but none greater than the loss of his life partner “Betty Butt” during a botched robbery attempt in the Fall of 2014. This episode has only fueled the fire of greatness.

Banga has projects w/ major producers like Sonny Digital, Metro Boomin, KE, M16,  Mike Will Made It, 808 Mafia, & etc. Now its impossible to say Atlanta Hip-Hop without mentioning Hustle Team.

Banga has been featured on several major outlets like WorldstarHipHop, Livemixtapes, etc. Banga has an uptempo style which compliments his charismatic delivery and unfiltered verbiage. These factors have firmly asserted the discussion of Banga as a front runner in this urban culture phenomenon and its transition into mainstream commercial entertainment.