A lot of ground to cover this holiday season. Let’s get started shall we?
On December 14th, the homie Jah, founder of Atlanta’s first summer basketball league (AEBL), kicked off a season of giving with his 2nd Annual Hoop 4 A Cause Charity Basketball Game & Toy Drive. So much fun. Me and my daughters headed down to Central Park in Old Fourth Ward where they copped a couple Hawks jerseys and I snagged a pair of Hawks tickets.
All in all, a great afternoon and all for a great cause.
Then, on the 21st, 2 Chainz had a similar idea. So I drove down to good ol’ College Park to see Tity do some good at North Clayton High School. And man, did he… There were like a million little kids out there in jerseys.
Boys and girls, from ages 8 to 13 I believe and all of ’em were out there ballin’. Very cute to see. The Def Jam artist seemed right at home directing the kids with the drills and two-on-two games. He even played referee for the duration. Patient, joking but firm — you can tell 2 Chainz is someone’s Daddy. From what I could see, the participants got some adidas gear. Very nice.
That same day, B.o.B. had his Meet and Greet down the street in Riverdale at Atlanta retail mainstay DBS Sounds. I was a bit early so I stood around chopping it up with the team and Bobby Ray pulls up in his matte gunmetal McLaren. Jeez.
Have you guys heard the Underground Luxury joint though? Give it a listen. Trust me. He has a couple joints on there…
After Bob’s event, I ran over to the Spoiled Milk joint for a hot sec where Mr. V of Streets 94.5 (Atlanta) and the A’s favorite event host Fort Knox were holding it down. So many good people were in attendance too and I finally had the chance to catch a full set from Runway Richy and newcomer Zuse, who actually blew my mind.
Um, here’s the thing with Zuse, he’s a straight-up yardie and those are my folks, heritage-wise. I didn’t know before he opened his mouth and his accent was as thick and raw as some of my cousins’. Plus, he was going in over a tough beat and the whole scene just signified exactly how long I’ve been out here.
When I moved to Atlanta, reggae or anything reggae-tinged, didn’t get play. Period. Leaving NYC where it’s on the radio and on the streets, it was kind of a culture shock. So yeah, to see this guy come out of nowhere and get the club jumping a little that night was pretty dope. I immediately pondered whether or not they understood what he was talking about though. LOL. Awesome sauce.
A couple days after that, I ran over to the Street Execs Charity Concert at Tabernacle featuring 2 Chainz as headliner. But y’all already got the run-down on that… RIP to Hustle Gang’s Doe B, in the upper right square in the above flick. Just five days after this concert, he was shot and killed at a club in his native Montgomery. Seems that the authorities have found the shooter but still so very unfortunate — he was so young and on his way. SMH.
Then on Sunday evening (December 29), to wrap up this super hectic holiday season, me and the homie Tai hit Dinner with Friends for some eats, laughs and literal words with friends. First person I see is Killer Mike, all dressed up and smiling hard, like he tends to do. It was that kind of vibe. BTW, stay tuned for some news on what Mike has coming up.
So yeah, the good folks at Dinner with Friends and Vitamin E Media, put on a dinner party that showcased food from Miss Diana Darris, the self-proclaimed Food Diva. It was a smorgasbord of yummies. Yo. All Cajun-inspired. Then she had this Ginger-Basil Lemonade. Man. It literally seemed to evaporate as soon as a new bottle was popped.
I talked and talked and giggled and guffawed and made some new friends. Super dope. Definitely make it a point to go if you ever get the invite.
Been a great holiday though. Good to see the rappers keeping themselves busy and really doing some good for the kids.
On to the next. 2014 is another chance for all of us to do even more. Dodge the negative and embrace the positive. Above all, do right and kill everything.
Happy New Year to you and yours from MFD!