Last Sunday, Creative Loafing and Red Bull Sound Select sponsored one of the best 4/20 concerts at The Masquerade, a hidden gem in downtown Atlanta. At a first glance, the building looks skeptical from the outside, but there was nothing but good music and great vibes vibrating through the atmosphere. Over 800 eclectic fans came out to support some of Atlanta's hottest independent artist. Fort Knox and DJ Germz warmed up the crowd through out each set as up and coming rappers Goldyard, Scotty ATL, Two-9 and veteran 2$ Fabo performed hits from their mixtapes.
Scotty ATL, one of the crowd favorites, rocked the mic with his new single Bad Boy 97 featuring Rich the Kid and produced by Prolyfic. With the catchy hook "Mo' Money, Mo Problems" and a dope beat, the crowd sang along and showed a lot of love to the two performers compelling them to do an encore performance of the song before they left the stage. Needless to say, Scotty ATL got next! He's currently on the On The Road 2 Spaghetti Junction Tour performing in cities like St. Petersburg, Atlanta, New York, and Louisville. The Cool Club rapper told us that he also has an EP, On The Road 2 Spaghetti Junction, and an album, Spaghetti Junction, in the works. When asked what rappers inspire his style? The 28 year old who has been rapping since high school said,
"I look up to Outkast, UGK, 8 Ball & MJG. I even like Jay Z, but who really got me started rapping was my homeboy, King J. We used to live in the projects and play ball and sh*t and he was rapping and he got me involved in it. At the time, we was listening to Lil Wayne because he was hittin'. We'd go back to the crib after basketball practice and I'd see him doing it and I just tried it out."
The Atlanta native also drew some West Coast inspiration from Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, Nippsy Hussle, and School Boy Q and integrates those sounds with his down south flow. He describes his music as "feel good" music and with a sound similar to recently signed artists Que and Ca$h Out, expect big things from Scotty ATL this year.
Also among the artist Sunday night was 16-year veteran rapper 2$ Fabo. Where has he been since he performed in the rap group D4L? 2$ Fabo told us he's being traveling the world, working on underground mixtapes, and he's currently head of A&R for a label he founded, Gik Enterprises. He's been working on a few projects under the label name with his artist Gik Squad and Gik Melody. Sunday night, he performed the new single Say No More off of his mixtape We Amongst You. The crowd responded to the eccentric rapper as if he never left the game! The energy on the stage was crazy as the 30-year old rapper danced his signatures moves and performed oldie (but still a goodie) Laffy Taffy. So the question arose...will there ever be a D4L reunion?
"D4L? D4L ain't never break up! We just some street n*****..."
The last performer and headliner of the night, Trinidad Jame$, came out and performed hits like All Gold Everything and FDB remix. James brought out No Limit Record rapper Mia X to perform a set with him and invited on stage super producer, Zaytoven, who produced hits like Gucci's Icy and rap group Migos' Versace. We were among hip hop royalty and a lot of people didn't even realize it, but the highlight of the concert was the collaboration with Trinidad Jame$, Scotty ATL, Goldyard, Two-9, and 2$ Fabo! All the rappers came together at the end of the night to perform their new single B**** Please live for the first time. The crowd went hysterical! It was like a resurrection of Atlanta's crunk music experienced back in the 2000s.
To hear the new single go over to www.thevinemag.com