Artistik Lounge!!

Every third Sunday something happens in Midtown Memphis that all music lovers should take a look at. At 1555 Madison Ave, inside Minglewood Hall, there's Artistik Lounge. "It's a Lounge Mane" is the slogan and it definitely fits the venue. There are couches and oversized pillows throughout along with some really dope overhead lamps. The vibe of the place is definitely ultra chill and cool.  

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The event is hosted by Eso Tolsen while Siphne Aaye mixes up some of the flyest tracks in hip hop and R&B. Oh, they also have a bar! I mean you can't proclaim a lounge environment without some libations. 

Eso and Siphne freestyling  

Eso and Siphne freestyling  

So last night the Artistik Lounge featured one of my favorite Memphis MCs, Gangsta Blac! His album 74 Minutes of Bump got me through high school. When he was rocking the mic with fellow Memphis rapper Playa Fly, they were the best thing going! Nobody Needs Nobody is arguably the best song to come out of Memphis to this day.  

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Gangsta Blac came through and delivered exactly what I experienced when I was a youngin beating on my desk with a pen making beats; that raw underground Memphis hip hop! The crowd was loving it! It really took me back to a great time for Memphis hip hop. You know Memphis rappers created not only jooking, but crunk music as well, right? 

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So mark your calendars for the next Artistik Lounge! I don't have the date in front of me, but I will definitely update you guys via my IG (@_one901) and also via Facebook (one901).  

The cover is $10 so it won't break your pockets and it's a great event to network or bring a date. There were some local movers and shakers in attendance, along with local musicians like Marco Pave. 

Hip Hop artist Marco Pave

Hip Hop artist Marco Pave

So there you have it Memphis! Here's another great event that the city showcases that's not only fun but positive. I would like to thank all the people that help with Artistik Lounge each month. You guys are awesome and very gracious. 

I can't wait for the next set and I hope to see more of the city participate as well. So come on out and enjoy but remember, It's a Lounge Mane!  

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

 

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10 Questions with Tyke T

I got to sit down with hip hop artist Tyke T before his performance at 901Fest. I must say this is one of the more interesting things I've done so far with my blog since I have decided to try to interview more local artists. Tyke T was insanely hilarious and engaging. You have to hear his Popeye's Chicken career story! I also got to see that he is a very smart young man that provided some thought provoking responses to my questions. There were plenty of laughs and bloopers, but I think this interview really showed who Tyke T actually is beyond the music. Check out the video for the full interview!

Tyke T is definitely on the right track for his music career and I think his music is really good in a time when less emphasis is placed on lyrics. He delivers above average and witty bars over strong production. That's a winning recipe and reaped him the reward of performing at 901Fest. I'm glad to see he hasn't gotten complacent since winning K97's Next Big Thing back in 2014. He's still grinding and putting out more lyrically heavy material, such as the powerful track "This Can't Be Life". I expect Tyke T to get more notoriety and become a staple of the Mid-South music scene. He's definitely made me a fan. 

You can check out more of Tyke T music below and also get more info about the artist at www.drivenbymusic.net. 

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

Jookin Wars 20!!!

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I was invited by my good friend, Twoin, to check out the 20th anniversary Jookin Wars at Rumba Room. My first thoughts were how has this gone on 20 years and I've never heard of it and can I get out there and compete!!

For those that don't know, Jookin is a dance. It's actually a dance that was created in Memphis way back when the dancers were the tough guys lol. Boy have times changed!  I've heard it called bucking, tutting, or ticking, but it's always been Jookin to me. It's a dance that takes a lot of skill and bravado. It's definitely not for the meek and mild. It mostly goes along with the beat of a song, so it takes a lot of listening and motion ability. 

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I remember, back when Demin and Diamond was the spot, that I always wanted to be good at Jookin, but I was cursed with very little rhythm. Jookin takes great footwork and even more smoothness to pull off. Two things I sorely lack because I'm awkward and clumsy. 

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Still unsure about what exactly Jooking is? Well, here's a little video that I put together from the Jooking Wars show that might help out a bit. Quick shoutout to my guys at GMC for the intro and outro music!!

While this wasn't my first jooking show, it was definitely one of my favorites. I loved the energy of the crowd and that most of the dancers had these huge entourages and fans! I loved that, even though it was a bit heated on the dance floor, everyone knew it was entertainment and there were plenty laughs and high fives. It's entirely possible for the youth to get together and have a positive event that doesn't end in violence! Also, the crowd was extremely diverse! That's always a good thing. I'm glad that some truly Memphis has blended racial lines! 

So be on the lookout for next years Jookin Wars! I know that I am really anxious to see who takes the championship belt next year!

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

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