“Touch what I never touched before,
See what I never seen before
Woke up and seen the Sun
Sky high, Sky high!”
– Goodie Mob, “Black Ice”
Salute to my OGs, the mighty, mighty Dungeon Family. Thank you for elevating the musical platform for the South and for music in general. I salute you for being innovators and vanguards, creating a sound and movement that no one can duplicate. Organized Noise, Outkast, Goodie Mob, Cool Breeze, The Witchdoctor, Killer Mike, Backbone, Whild Peach, Joi, Lil Will, Slimm Calhoun, Big Rube, Respect Due!!!
staHHr, or as we affectionately refer to her “Barbarella”, hits us with round two of the Respect Due video series. This installment, she attacks the gritty Jeru the Damaja classic “Come Clean”, produced by DJ Premier. The video was shot on location in Brooklyn, NY by the talented photographer/videographer Corren Conway of F12 Films.
After a very long and much needed hiatus, staHHr has reemerged and is picking up where she left off. Her series of visual homages to key and often overlooked figures in hip hop, “Respect Due”, is back. “Respect Due” is a collaborative effort between staHHr and photographer/videographer Nick Burnz (Black Algebra Multimedia).
This edition focuses on the musical mastermind Pete Rock aka “The Chocolate Boy Wonder”. Respect Due!
O.G. salute and massive respect to Oakland’s finest… my big brothers Del, Casual, Souls of Mischief, (A-Plus, Tajai, Phesto, Opio), Pep Love, Snupe, Jay Biz, DJ Toure, Kwam, and Domino. Hiero has been such a major influence on me personally and professionally. I’ve soaked up game on a continual basis as I’ve grown as an mc.
Photography: Nick Burnz for Black Algebra Multimedia
20th year anniversary Hiero tee: collector’s item
Earrings: O’dara Designz
Independent lyricist/mc staHHr builds on her upcoming project with French producer Astronote. This is the first installment of the series. International, world, hip hop, music. Directed and edited by Nick Burnz for Black Algebra Multimedia. Music by Astronote.
This show has been a long time coming. Back in 2012, the Secret B-Sides opened for staHHr and Dead Prez in Asheville, NC. And, in 2009 Abyss, Secret B-sides, and Preach Jacobs shared the stage, open mic night at Apache Cafe, downtown Atlanta. Now, these artists are coming together for a more collaborative evening of performances in the heart of downtown Atlanta, GA, at the Mammal Gallery (91 Broad St. SW).
The order of performances will go as follows: Secret B-Sides will perform a supa-fly opening set, featuring, South Carolina eMCee, Preach Jacobs! Up next, Abyss, the poet, musician, and activist, who has appeared on HBO and BET again and again, will do what he does best. Finally, staHHr will take the mic–with style and grace–to close out the night and bring us full circle.
This will be an amazing, collaborative and soulful experience . . . at an all-ages, community event space.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Music starts at 9pm sharp.
You know I always share a musical gift with y’all on my bornday. Enjoy!!!
“On My Gonzales” is Atlanta-based mc/lyrical alchemist/DOOM affiliate staHHr’s latest video from her “Mother Nature with a Molotov: Molotov Season” album. Joined by lyrical heavyweights John Robinson (Scienz of Life) and Ekundayo (L.I.U.N.S. Den), the trio lace this Floyd the Locsmif track with clever wordplay, smooth delivery and quotables for days. The title of the song comes from a line in staHHr’s verse, where she coins the phrase “on my Gonzales” in reference to one “being focused, handling biz, doing their job, etc”. Director Nick Burnz interweaves elements of “Golden Era” hip hop with live performance footage, playing off of the organic energy of the song and the undeniable and familial chemistry of staHHr, JR and Ekundayo.
John Robinson made the trip from NYC to immortalize the energy that catalyzed the album with this visual(the first song recorded for Molotov Season), and had this to say:
“It was great to link with my ATL fam
staHHr and Ekundayo on this one! This is real deal fam biz. I have been rhyming with both of them in the trenches of the ATL scene since early 2000’s and we are still here holding the HipHop culture up strong. We gotta keep it moving swiftly…Always on our Gonzales yo! ZOOOOOOOM!”