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J. Period’s ‘OutKast: ReFixed’ Live Mixtape Hits On 23rd Anniversary Of ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’ LP

Award-winning DJ and producer J. Period reflects on the groundbreaking career of Atlanta most funkiest duo. 

Award-winning DJ and producer J. Period is back at it with one another mega-mix masterpiece dedicated to one musical act, this time the southern hip-hop dynamic duo Outkast. In the past, J. Period has released projects chronicling the lives and music of superstars like Michael Jackson, James Brown, Nas, Lauryn Hill, Kanye West and many more. This time though the spotlight hits Andre 3000 and Big Boi...and deservingly so.

Recorded at the party jam live at Art Of Storytellin’: Brooklyn, J. Period takes hits like Desiigner’s “Panda” and contorts it with ‘Kast’s “B.O.B.”. Young Money’s “Truffle Butter” finds its way on Outkast’s “Skew It on the BBQ” in a fantastical flow way. The artwork for the project stays inline with the creative mash up of themes from Outkast’s most detailed album work. Designed by the legend, Dan Lish, this cover takes the Alice In Wonderland time concept and twists it’s back out. Check the rhymes and the rhythms below.

Being straight up, I wasn’t even checking for Atlanta natives Outkast when their debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik dropped on April 26, 1994. I was a senior in high school and way to consumed with being a Nike head and getting chains that would excite the Feds, ‘cus like most New York teens at the time, Nasty Nas ruled our world. Plus, the young God soloist had just released his instant classic, Illmatic, on April 19th a week before. So looking out for some down south, almost bizzaro world version of hardcore rappers Das Efx wasn’t my immediate flow.

Yet, the video for the album’s single “Player’s Ball” was dope and reminded me of my South Carolina cousins. The Souls of Mischief flows were riding the beat right and the visuals of the ATL hoods showed their realness. Yet, I still didn’t consume the album until weeks later. I respected it. But there were so many ill ass albums that dropped in 1994 (look ‘em up), so I didn’t connect fully with ‘Kast’s first project until at least the winter of ‘94. You can thank the good thick grits groove and message of “Git Up, Git Out” (which introduced Goodie Mob) for that.

Shame on me for that long a** wait between listens. Even more shame on me for not realizing the incredible talents they possessed until the next album, ATLiens, in 1996. “Elevators” alone is probably the basis for all breaking the mold hip-hop soul at the time. They then followed with Aquemini in ‘98, Stankonia in 2000 and the greatest set, in my opinion Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2003. But none of this would be possible without the initial groundbreaking impact of Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. It is so important to the fabric of Hip-Hop that Timothy Anne Burnside, Curatorial Museum Specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture included it at the heralded preserve and had this to say about it:

“When thinking about what objects to display in the music exhibition, it was important to tell stories from multiple genres, regions, and time periods. Outkast's Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik helps to tell a much larger story of hip-hop in the south, and includes narratives around southern culture and identity that connect with themes and topics explored in other exhibitions in the museum. The sonic construction of the album features so many genres, and the production - especially the inclusion of live instrumentation - combined with the lyrics and styles of Big Boi and Andre created something that was not yet really present in hip hop. Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik simultaneously explored the past, present, and future of music and culture, and established Outkast's authenticity as unapologetically Southern.”

When an album like Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik makes historians flip like that, it means the DJs/Producers like J. Period start to brainstorm and come up with mixtape ideas like OutKast: ReFixed. Taking the many classics that the Atlanta duo has cooked up and adding new musical spice to them was J. Period’s aim. Here are his thoughts on ‘Kast and their career:

"Twenty-three years ago today, an album came out that changed the course of hip-hop history forever. Before Outkast put Atlanta on the map, hip-hop was East and West; Outkast opened a bridge to a whole new world in the South, and paved the way for other cities -- Houston, Miami, New Orleans -- to brand their own distinct styles of hip hop. It's an honor to take part in Vibe's celebration of this milestone and pay tribute to Outkast's catalog with this new mixtape. Remixing Dre and Big Boi verses over new and classic beats is my way of showing the timelessness of their catalog, and the greatness of these two visionary artists. Plus: hearing Andre verses back to back over new beats tunes your ears in a new way to really dissect his lyrics. No question: 3 Stacks is one of the greatest MCs of all time.”

Now here we are, 23 years later still listening to them country boys. Just two nights ago, Big Boi sat holding court before the media elite in New York’s Electric Lady Studios, playing the ElectroFunkPopTrap selections from his new album Boomiverse, which should be out this June. Taking a moment to enjoy the historic milestone of Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and Outkast’s impact, Big Boi said this:

“[Outkast is] two years away from being eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! The foundation of southern Hip-Hop, a global statement of what the South has to offer.”

Nuff said.

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Hennessy To Allocate $10 Million To Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Herald as the first “corporate HBCU graduate program,” Hennessy announced its plan to allocate $10 million to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). Over the span of the next 10 years, the donation will benefit graduate students seeking to continue their studies at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the “corporate, social and economic systems.”

Giles Woodyer, Hennessy US’ senior vice president, said the goal of the "Hennessy Fellows" initiative aims to establish “a pipeline of highly qualified talent over the next 10 years and help prepare these future leaders for success.” Only 10 students will be selected. Those chosen will be notified in June and be able to put their resources to use in Fall 2019. Per each academic year, grad candidates will receive a $20,000 scholarship, a chance to enter a competition for a $10,000 grant that’ll benefit the community, and access to tools that'll further their career through networking and training outlets.

Dr. Harry L. Williams, president and CEO of TMCF, said this decision is more than a "financial" gift.  "When such a tremendously successful global brand like Hennessy invests in a higher education non-profit like ours, it tells the world that HBCUs and PBIs have value and are worth investing in, and TMCF is the best steward to carry out such a monumental investment," Dr. Williams said. "This is major, and it can't be overlooked as just a financial contribution, it is a real partnership that is a game changer for the students and our community."

A portal for applications is now open here.

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Report: Ariana Grande Got Paid Twice As Much As Beyoncé For Coachella

As fans continue to marvel at Beyonce's historical Coachella performance in the Netflix documentary, Homecoming, a new report about the pay discrepancy amongst the festival's headliners is also grabbing people's attention. According to Variety, Ariana Grande got paid double of what Bey earned for her performance.

Grande reportedly made $8 million from the festival, while Beyoncé only took home an estimated $3 to $4 million.

This certainly seems a little odd to fans due to a handful of reasons. For one, Beyoncé is a much more seasoned artist. Additionally, her headlining show, also known as BeyChella, was a historical moment that drew millions of viewers.

Grande also made history this year as the youngest artist to ever headline the three-day event, but the U.S. pay gap may have more to do with the huge difference between their paychecks. Black women make approximately 65 cents to every dollar earned by their white male counterparts. By contrast, white women earn 83 cents to every dollar earned by white men, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Comedy Series 'Rel' Cancelled After Just One Season

Despite making audiences across the country laugh, FOX's comedy series Rel will not return for a second season.

According to Variety, the Lil Rey Howery-lead show– which also starred Sinbad and Jess Hilarious– continued to plummet in ratings.

"Rel‘s (now series) finale, which aired Jan. 13, delivered 2.8 million viewers and a 1.1 in the demo — the series’ best showing since its premiere — but that largely was attributable to the evening’s lead-in: the hugely watched Eagles/Saints NFC divisional playoff," the report reads.

The series was inspired largely in-part to Howery's real life experiences, who lived by the credo "always believe in yourself and great things will come." Shenanigans throughout the series ensue when he discovers his wife is having an affair with his barber.

"I want to thank all the loyal 2 million plus people that tuned in every week to my show," Howery wrote on Instagram regarding the news of the show's cancellation. "I’m so proud of what we did and it was a dream come true... I got a chance to not only create a show based off my material and some real life events I got to work and create magic with my friends... God is so good and I’m truly blessed."

The series was put in the spotlight when its co-creator and executive producer Kevin Barnett suddenly passed away in January during a trip to Mexico. Barnett's death was caused by pancreatitis complications. He was only 32 years old.

 

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I want to thank all the loyal 2 million plus people that tuned in every week to my show... I’m so proud of what we did and it was a dream come true... I got a chance to not only create a show based off my material and some real life events I got to work and create magic with my friends... God is so good and I’m truly blessed... Thanks again for the huge opportunity and it’s on to the next one... I learned a lot and it’s still a huge accomplishment for me to pull this off... I wanted to make a dramatic comedy with heart and I did that... I know I made you proud Mom!!!!!! #REL

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