-Anthony Coleman (@quitehype)
There’s been a lot of talk about the creative wave going on right now in Atlanta as far as its hip hop, fashion and art scenes are concerned, and with Two-9’s newest project B4FRVR dropping a couple days ago, I wanted to share my personal experiences with the great movements going on right now in ATL and provide the backstory for how I’ve become familiarized with the different creative lanes in Atlanta. Starting with Two-9, I’ll talk about how we connected with them for the first time almost 3 years ago. From then on I’ve met so many individuals and collectives in Atlanta that are really pushing some exciting boundaries creatively, so here's my story about my experiences with all of them:
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My first encounter with Two-9 wasn't down in the A but instead it was on a cold day on the corner of 17th and Diamond in North Philadelphia. Phitted, a producer and rapper part of the DBNR collective, put me on to a song called Scottie Too Hottie. The song featured former member Key! and current Two-9 member Curtis Williams. The song featured a hard bass line and chant that would be a key element in the foundation of the Two-9 sound. The visual showcased their rough hipster-esque style that would liken them to the new version of Wu-tang as mentioned in the beginning of the visual for Where The Money At. Never planning to meet them personally I would end up having my first encounter with a member by chance in Atlanta.
The idea of going to A3C in 2013 was actually the idea of Kira from YSKSK Media who suggested the Cult Classic brand and Quite Hype should have a presence at the festival. Her forward thinking led us to meeting Curtis Williams, Dylan a producer affiliated with Two-9, Relly Jade a female rapper coming out right now from Atlanta, LP the man navigating us in Atlanta and owner of Apollo clothing, and Turtle that’s good people in Atlanta.
Once we started talking with them we asked them to appear in our lookbook and visual for our Fall ’13 drop shot by Kira and Yinka (view below). Afterwards we would continue to see Curtis more and more for the next two years. The next time we chilled with the whole Two-9 during their tour with World’s Fair, another rap group based out of Queens New York.
(Click the picture to scroll the Cult Classic Fall '13 lookbook above)
From Dylan and Cristel, one of our friends also featured in the Atlanta lookbook, we found out they would be in the city and we wanted to reciprocate the hospitality they showed us. After meeting up with them at their show at the Barbary we decided to go back to the hotel. There we met Fani, creative director of Two-9, LightSkin Mack 11, Dave, Jace, Ceej, Wade and Dez the managers, and Black The real OG manager. We would chill there and link get some fresh gear from Fani and probably smoked about 20 blunts in Love Park. Phitted, Art, Dre and Frenchie were all there too hanging with everybody.
Me and Wade kept in touch and when we decided to do the Quite Hype showcase for the next A3C, we originally wanted Two-9 to headline the showcase but they couldn’t do it because they were going on tour with Big Krit so Wade told me to get Key! I eventually linked up with Bombay Knox to get Key manager information for the A3C show that we would put together at the end of 2014. We then brought Key back to Philly with Dizzy Santana and some other homies a couple months later (full recap here).
But before those shows happened we organized the Big Krit meet-and-greet at Sole Control before Big Krit’s tour show with Two-9 at the TLA. It was in that moment I got to see how some cool dudes with humble beginnings got to the point they are today being signed to Mike Will’s Ear Drummers Records as the most promising group coming out of Atlanta. With all that being said, Two-9’s newest project B4FRVR is great. It’s their most cohesive to date and really shows how the group have come from drinking 40’s on the east side to turning up at the best clubs in Atlanta. The production is super dope with beats from Mike Will to Metro Boomin to Charlie Heat (who you might know as the big collaborator with the homie Lil Uzi) and so on. The mixtape has some heavy-hitting tracks and also some breezier, catchy records. It’s got something for everybody, and it is a cohesive project from start to finish.
The Two-9 story represents how the spotlight is growing on Atlanta because there are so many other creatives in the city doing cool things too, and I want to share my experiences with some of the other great minds down in the A.
When we went back to A3C for the second time, Relly Jade took my homie Joe to the Awful Records/Father Pop Up shop. Here Joe met the Awful Records crew as well as iLoveMakonnen and Key who came out with Father to perform their big hit “Wrist”. But the real OG in the room was Chilly-O, one of the fathers of the Atlanta creative scene. Later that night Joe introduced me to him, and we got to talking about Atlanta and Philly and the similarities and differences between the cities, and we also talked a lot about race in modern American society. He’s a conscious creative dude really putting on for the scene in Atlanta. Make sure you follow Chilly-O so whenever you’re in ATL, you’ll know the real popping shit to get into. Lately he’s been doing some dope art shows and other events you have to check out. Through the A3C adventure I’d also meet Jade Carter their head of marketing who we are now collaborating with for the Cult Classic “Black Like Water” special capsule collection that we are dropping soon.
Everything started to come full circle when I then met Father with Relly and got introduced to the Fresh I am kids (super dope clothing line) while partying with Chilly-O. My homie Eric from Noisey was real big into Makonnen so I could see what was happening: the Atlanta creative scene was currently blowing the fuck up. Later on back up northeast when I was in New York I went to the Cherry Bomb party in Brooklyn with Misfit Marti and I ran into Father again introducing him to the homies Dizzy and F1lthy. It hit me then how our generation spread across different cities are all trying to do similar things. Philly has its own underground art, fashion and hip hop cultures and its only a matter of time before we have the platform to showcase it just like the Atlanta creative wave are doing right now. It's on us to bridge the gap between all the creatives in the world and to show them what Philly really has to offer. We as a city have to create the atmosphere and nurturing environment and infrastructure where we can be respected on a global scale. Let's get to work.
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