Atlanta is in for a treat Friday, August 25th for the Red Bull Culture Clash hosted on 787 Windsor Street SW in Atlanta, Georgia. At last year's UK battle, Jamaican emcee Popcaan won the clash with a wicked dub by Drake for smash single "One Dance". This year, for the first time ever in the states, Popcaan will make his American debut on stage representing his crew Unruly. The Culture Clash, a mash up of music-makers from Jamaica, Canada, UK, and America, will feature four unique crews battling to win over an audience of avid music fans. There is sure to be some tension in the room as the top crew leaders compete for the crown. Who will conquer the crowd with the most boombastic sound?

Red Bull Music Academy wrote a descriptive article on the power of Patchwerk and their influence on the South. 

During the late 90's and early 2000's Patchwerk was the nucleus of Southern Hip-Hop, providing the DNA for Atlanta's music culture. The studio continues to create a reputation for producing the highest quality mixes and mastered singles throughout the South and to the world.
Their structure was built upon having that sound that made people come back for more. The ambiance, technology, and space made it a hotbed for Hip-Hop's hit records. The biggest collaborations happened because Patchwerk was a musical home for many. Producers, artists, A&R's and engineers agreed that Patchwerk helped establish the site for some of greatest compositions in their 22 year history.
The studio went above and beyond to cater to the needs of artists and set themselves apart by providing the optimal space for emerging and mainstream artists alike. The vision set by Bob Whitfield and Curtis Daniel back in California came into fruition once they set their mind to producing music for their friend Ras Kass, who ended up being the first artist signed to their record label. Later the label developed into a studio, opening its doors to a roster of talent such as Ludacris, Lil Jon, and Outkast.
Patchwerk Studios, 2016 Maxwell Schiano
 
You have to mention Patchwerk when you call out the best facility in the South making an impact on the music industry. Patchwerk Recording Studios is known to record timeless music.
 Jeezy, Gucci, T.I, Rick Ross, and Akon all have vested interest in the studio's longevity and legacy. Some of the best albums were recorded, mixed and mastered there. 
You need proof? Come see for yourself in a FREE studio tour. The doors are open for visitors between 11am-1pm daily. It's a little bit of magic that you have to experience for yourself.
Read more on the Red Bull Feature here and schedule your next studio visit by calling the studio at 404.874.9880.

August is a month for planning and executing the blueprint for the Fall. We are entering the last quarter of the year and as we start to take tally of our wins and losses there is an important question to answer: "What is next for me?"

Every first Thursday of the month issa a vibe in Apache Café. Call your friends and family to come out and support your city's #1 stage for poets, rappers, singers, and entertainers.
This is great opportunity to interact with industry giants, you never know who you might meet in our room of young adults and experienced creatives.

As we prepare for our contest today it is important for us to share the stories of the winners who grace our platform. This month we had a couple of milestones take place. The producer segment featured our first female producer hailing from Brooklyn, NYC who is not new to winning trophies as well as a talented emcee from Ahoskie, NC winning the contest at our first live Tight 32 performance. What I mean by live is we hosted the competition at our monthly showcase IdOMUSIC at Apache Cafe and let the audience decide the winner. Shout out to Rodrick R.O.C and Ms.Madli for representing. Check out their interviews below and come see them rock the stage at Opera Nightclub tonight!

Happy Record Store Day! Itunes, CD's, Spotify, Tidal, Cassette tapes, and Vinyl are all apart of the ways we consume music in today's generation. With all these platforms out, one thing connecting them has remained constant throughout the time of its creation, Record Stores. Record stores have been around since the late 19th century, and since then they have continued to be a hub for all things music. From Country to Gospel, Record Stores got it all. No matter what year it is, Vinyl still hold a level of value that can't be defeated. A lot of people assume that artist don't put their music on Vinyl anymore; however, I'm pretty sure your favorite artist has released their project on a Vinyl as well. In my opinion, real music lovers should always hold physical copies of the albums they truly adore. Record Store day was created to pay homage to all the independently own records stores around the world. Since 2007, this day has served as a center of unity for artist, musicians, shops, and music enthusiast. With the headquaters being in the United States, since its creation, Record Store Day has spread as far as the UK. Stores create contest, special releases, and music events that promotes the holiday as a whole.

Check out their link below as well as some record stores located in Atlanta:

http://recordstoreday.com/Home

Criminal Records 1154-A Euclid Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307, United States of America

MOODS MUSIC/LITTLE 5 SOUL 1131 Euclid Ave Atlanta, GA 30316, United States of America

WUXTRY 2096 N. Decatur Rd. Decatur, GA 30030, United States of America

DECATUR CD 356 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Decatur, GA 30030, United States of America

MOJO VINYL 26 Webb St. #2 Roswell, GA 30075, United States of America

If you haven't heard, Atlanta is the Hollywood of the South. Atlanta has become a hub for all things entertainment, but more importantly, the music that derives from the city creates a musical fortress for the South. Festivals play a huge part in establishing a permanent foothold in the music industry. Atlanta has over 50 music festivals a year and being that everybody enjoys an excellent concert, it can be a great tactic for some artist to gain exposure.

Kodak Black recently released a highly anticipated song named “Tunnel Vision”. “Tunnel vision”, Kodak’s latest single, was produced by one of the hottest producers blazing through Atlanta, Metro Boomin. The title of the song gives a great insight into what the focal point of the song will be.

R&B newcomer, Khalid, made his latest stop on his location tour in Atlanta, GA. Fans gathered at the Loft to see Khalid on his first tour ever.

28-year-old Nick Grant recently dropped a new album this week named Return of The Cool. With a great support system such as Culture Republic's very own Chaka Zulu and Jason Geter it was no doubt that this young rapper from South Carolina deserved to be checked out.

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