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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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Reebok finds a new voice with Kendrick Lamar

Lifestyle Brand and Iconic Artist Collaborate to Inspire and Empower Future Generations

The brand committed to continuously pushing boundaries through partnerships with some of the biggest names in the industry, Reebok takes the fusion of music and footwear to a whole new level with Kendrick Lamar. Together, Reebok and one of the most prolific artists in music today, will inspire and empower youth to become their best selves through programs designed to provide a positive alternative to the streets. Their shared goal provides the creative foundation for a short film released to announce the partnership.

“Reebok has a history of helping kids in the community realize their potential is limitless. I saw what the brand was doing, and I wanted to be a part of it and make it even stronger. It’s as simple as that. Kids that listen to my music are looking for inspiration. It’s important that I continue that message in anything I represent,” said Lamar.

Reebok and Kendrick Lamar bring their joined vision of celebrating the limitless potential of youth through a short film created to pay homage to kids in Lamar’s hometown of Compton, CA.  The video, “Reebok Presents Kendrick Lamar,” was directed by acclaimed director Anthony Mandler and was shot at locations that hold true meaning in Lamar’s life.  A nod to his roots, the short film features today’s standouts at his alma mater, Centennial High School.  The youth featured in this film are showcased to inspire the new generation to find their voice, and not to be afraid to become their best selves. The short is narrated by Kendrick through a powerful verse called “Kendrick Lamar – I AM” — his own personal ode to Compton.

via Reebok finds a new voice with Kendrick Lamar.

On Monday, November 18, 2013 at The Times Center, in New York City, the second annual Global Spin Awards convened.  The GSA’s spotlighted the ground breaking innovators that have ushered in the new and those who preserve the DJ culture and legacy.   The night was filled with DJs, Legends and executives from across the world.

Power Moves Inc. executive/Bad Boy Records, Shawn Prez, orchestrated the 2nd annual “Global Spin Awards” which recognized notable DJs globally for their accomplishments and great achievements in the music and entertainment industries. MTV’s executive producer for MTV News and Sirius XM Radio, Shade 45 morning show host, Sway Calloway hosted the night’s festivities.

Sway Calloway and Shawn Prez 

DJ’s of all genres from around the world came out in droves dressed to impress for a night of honoring and recognition for those involved in the DJ industry.

Some of the presenters for the night were Busta Rhymes (Hip Hop Recording artist), Kendrick Lamar (Hip Hop recording artist), Swizz Beatz (Hip Hop recording artist/producer), Elle Varner (R&B recording artist) Tank (R&B recording artist) and Big Daddy Kane (Hip Hop recording artist) just to name a few.

There was a ground breaking performance from Actor/R&B crooner Mack Wilds, while DJ Kid Capri received the lifetime achievement award and there was closing that honored the legendary DJ Marley Marl for his contribution to the DJ culture and community.

“I am extremely honored to come back for a 2nd time around and  be part of a historic event honoring the back bone of the entertainment industry ‘The DJ’”says Global Spin Awards founder Shawn Prez.

AWARD WINNERS INCLUDED DJ’S FROM ALL GENRES ACROSS THE GLOBE:

LEGENDARY DJ AWARD HONOREE
DJ Marley Marl 

DJ Marley Marl

 

DJ Marley Marl and GSA Founder Shawn Prez

DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ ENVY

BREAKTHROUGH DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ DALTON

FEMALE DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ DIMEPIECE

DJ ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

DJ IRIE

DJ PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

DJ MUSTARD

ONLINE/SATELLITE RADIO DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ DRAMA

DJ Drama

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOREE

DJ Kid Capri

DJ Kid Capri

TOUR DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ E SUDD

TURNTABLIST OF THE YEAR

DJ SCRATCH

DJ Scratch 

REMIXER OF THE YEAR

DJ TED SMOOTH

LOUNGE DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ SINATRA

BIG ROOM DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ JUS SKE

REGGAE DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ KING WAGGY T

NATIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ IRIE

REGIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR
NORTHEAST
DJ CAMILO

DJ Camilo

REGIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR

SOUTHEAST

DJ INFAMOUS

REGIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR

MIDWEST

DJ STEPH FLOSS

REGIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR

WEST

DJ BAY BAY

NATIONAL MIX SHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ FUNKMASTER FLEX

REGIONAL MIXSHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

NORTHEAST

DJ PROSTYLE

REGIONAL MIXSHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

SOUTHEAST

DJ GRIOT

REGIONAL MIXSHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

MIDWEST

DJ 33 1/3

REGIONAL MIXSHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

WEST

DJ SKEE

NATIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ DRAMA

REGIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

NORTHEAST

DJ TY BOOGIE

REGIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

SOUTHEAST

DJ BIGGA RANKIN

REGIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

MIDWEST

DJ MOON DAWG

REGIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

WEST

DJ SKEE

INTERNATIONAL DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ STARTING FROM SCRATCH

CELEBRITY DJ OF THE YEAR

SWIZZ BEATS

MIXSHOW PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

RON STEWART

CLUB MC OF THE YEAR

KENNY BURNS

CLUB PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

ALEX GIDEWON

ONLINE RECORD BREAKERS

RAPRADAR.COM

Source:  “2nd  Annual Global Spin Awards 2013” http://globalspinawards.com
Images courtesy of Jamel Martin and Ddot photography

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Guerilla Union presents
ROCK THE BELLS 2013 FESTIVAL SERIES
ROCK THE BELLS FESTIVAL CANCELLED IN WASHINGTON, DC & NEW YORK CITY
FULL REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AT POINT-OF-PURCHASE
FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS EXPRESS THEIR SENTIMENTS
Festival organizers, Guerilla Union, announced today that the upcoming Rock the Bells Festival tour-stop in Washington, DC and New York City are now cancelled due to a lack of ticket sales. The festival was slated to take place in Washington, DC this weekend (September 28 and 29) and New York City the following weekend (October 4 and 5).
Chang Weisberg, founder and owner of Guerilla Union states: “First and foremost, it is with great sadness and disappointment that we must cancel the Washington, DC and New York City Rock the Bells dates due to lack of ticket sales. I, along with our staff, the artists, and all of the sponsors, media partners, local promoters, and radio stations involved are thankful for our supporters and the fans that planned on attending. It’s extremely unfortunate that we can’t complete the last half of the 10th Anniversary Rock the Bells tour. We did everything in our power to save the show. Unfortunately, the financial loss would have been devastating. I am truly sorry we could not produce the show for all the fans who did buy their ticket in support of.”
Full refunds will be honored at the location where fans purchased their tickets. More details can be found on the festival’s official website at www.rockthebells.net.
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A simply adorned stage set the scene for a rap King: Kendrick Lamar was in Chicago and he would make sure that his presence would be felt, heard, and Tweeted about. A promo for his album, (“good kid, m.A.A.d city”, to be released October 22nd), hung high in the center of the stage. Other than that, the only objects adorning the stage were BET Music Matters signs and big banner that boasted Top Dawg Ent., Lamar’s label.

Kendrick came on stage around 8:30 p.m., simply equipped with a red Chicago Bulls long sleeve shirt, jean shorts rolled up at the bottom, a black hat with white letters that read LA and a microphone (which someone seemed to have forgotten to turn on for his first verse of “HiiiPower”). Technical difficulties didn’t cause the MC to break a sweat, though, as he finished the song with an a cappella verse displaying the lyrical prowess that proves Kendrick is the newest in charge.

The multitude of mobile phone holding, picture snapping fans, following his every call and response command, along with his melodic and boarder-line hoarse flow put me in a trance-like state. (And, no, I don’t think the Jägerbombs had anything to do with it.) Finishing the last verse of his 2010 single “She Needs Me” over a Tribe Called Quest‘s “Bonita Applebum” instrumental absolutely confirmed what I had been feeling all along: Kendrick Lamar is bringing back what Hip Hop has been missing. Lyricism, content, skill and pure, unadulterated passion.

Lamar’s concert was a personal and intimate experience, to say the least. He asked fans to take out their phones and Tweet him what song they wanted to hear, and took time in between rhymes to talk to the people who took their time to be with him on that Sunday night. He explained that he had a close connection to the city, being that his parents were from Chicago and didn’t move to Compton until 1984. Admittedly, it was hard to hear the conversations he was trying to have with the Chi-Town crowd amongst the chatty drunks, but his effort was absolutely appreciated.

One of the best moments at the concert, personally, was standing behind a father and son duo towards the back of the theater. The boy was in a wheelchair, and the father’s balding head spoke on his age, but both were extremely turnt up. They knew more lyrics than anyone else in the vicinity, and this reinforced what most people know but always get reminded at a live show: Music transcends every border, barrier, and age bracket.

Read the full article by Marisol Vélez, Contributing Writer for The Hype Magazine. Photos by Autumn B. www.autumnbphotography.com