Red Bull Music Academy’s RBMA Radio arrives in Atlanta today for a week of live broadcasts. RBMA Radio brings local music scenes from across the world to you, with programming from six continents and original shows from a global contingent of artists, producers and journalists. RBMA Radio: Live from Atlanta follows recent pop-ups in New York, Detroit and Los Angeles celebrating each city’s local music scene and the station’s relaunch as a 24/7 streaming platform.
From the Dungeon Family’s chart-topping R&B hits and underground rap classics of the ’90s to the prolific mixtape production of The Aphilliates in the 2000s and the explosion of producers such as Zaytoven and Metro Boomin, Atlanta has continually shaped the sound of popular music. RBMA Radio: Live from Atlanta offers a deep examination of the city’s storied past and the artists pushing Atlanta forward. The custom-built studio will be set up at Patchwerk Studios, where many of the most essential hip hop and R&B albums of the last 20 years – from the likes of Outkast, Usher and T.I. – originated.
RBMA Radio: Live from Atlanta will include Atlanta-focused episodes of current programming, plus live interviews, DJ mixes and special performances from Metro Boomin’, Awful Records’ first lady Abra, DJ Drama, Big Freedia, Sleepy Brown, Janelle Monae producer Chuck Lightning and many more. Listeners can look forward to new episodes of the monthly show Cruisin’ in the ATL hosted by Atlanta DJ Speakerfoxxx, who discusses the city’s music scene with its most important artists while showcasing the newest in Southern rap. Other shows that will focus on Atlanta include RBMA Radio staples like All The Raps, Choice Mix, The Vortex, Fireside Chat and Headphone Highlights. Tune in live on http://www.rbmaradio.com.
Red Bull Music Academy will also bring its standout curation to Atlanta with events highlighting unique local talent. The programming includes:
- A roundtable conversation with the legendary Atlanta DJs who revolutionized the hip hop mixtape and an after party featuring live sets from DJ Drama & Don Cannon playing hits from the Gangsta Grillz Series.
- A conversation with Organized Noize producer and vocalist Sleepy Brown, and a performance of his debut album, Sleepy’s Theme – The Vinyl Room performed for the first time cover to cover.
- The first Atlanta installment of United States of Bass, Red Bull Music Academy’s national event series celebrating regional bass music with sets from the queen diva of New Orleans bounce Big Freedia, Atlanta’s Mr. Collipark and DJ Toomp, and more.
And here’s the best part! A list of all the events taking place this week with RBMA RADIO:
August 15: Atlanta Mixtape Gods with DJ Drama & Don Cannon
– Roundtable @ Patchwerk Studios
– After party @ Graveyard Tavern
As the founding members of mixtape collective the Aphilliates, DJ Drama and Don Cannon have played a dominant role in Atlanta’s booming hip hop network for more than a decade. The triumvirate of multitasking producers and DJs helped elevate the careers of rappers like Young Jeezy, T.I. and Young Dro in the mid-2000s, while laying the groundwork for Atlanta hip hop’s popular-music takeover. In a roundtable discussion, the trio will reflect on breaking some of the biggest tracks in the South, the golden era of mixtapes and their roles in Atlanta’s rise to preeminence in the hip hop world. Following the talk, they’ll all take the decks to spin some of their most trunk-rattling productions.
August 16: A Conversation with Sleepy Brown @ Patchwerk Studios
August 17: Sleepy Brown: ‘The Vinyl Room’ Live featuring original members of his band, Sleepy’s Theme, @ Terminal West
No discussion about the sound of Atlanta would be complete without a mention of Sleepy Brown. As part of production trio Organized Noize, the Savannah, Georgia native helped produce a significant portion of the Outkast and Goodie Mob catalogs while also crafting hits for TLC, Ludacris, Bubba Sparxxx, Brandy, Killer Mike and more – putting Atlanta firmly on the map in the process. Brown’s songwriting prowess and satin touch as a vocalist has also led to a successful solo career, including collaborations with Beyoncé, Future, Danny Brown and Vince Staples. RBMA will host a public conversation with Brown and a live performance of The Vinyl Room, Organized Noize’s oft-overlooked 1998 album as Sleepy’s Theme.
August 20: United States of Bass with Big Freedia, Mr. Collipark, DJ Toomp, Kilo Ali, DJ Jelly, DJ Funk, RP Boo, UNiiQU3, TT The Artist and Divoli S’vere @ MJQ Concourse
Red Bull Music Academy’s United States of Bass celebrates a love for low-end, highlighting pioneers and fresh faces alike. The traveling party series comes to Atlanta for the first time, ready to shake the city with a lineup featuring local heroes and plenty of other subwoofer savants.
The host city is duly represented, bringing together “The One & Only Miraculous Producer” and pioneering Atlanta hip hop producer DJ Toomp, Organized Noize collaborator and Magic City mainstay DJ Jelly, Bankhead’s own Kilo Ali and Mr. Collipark AKA DJ Smurf, the guiding hand behind the long-running Collipark Music. Additional acts highlight standalone scenes from other parts of the U.S., including New Orleans bounce boss Big Freedia, Chicago’s frenetic footwork innovator RP Boo and Baltimore club multi-talent TT the Artist. More bass comes in the form of Atlanta transplant and Qween Beat associate Divoli S’vere, Jersey club triple-threat UNiiQU3 and the profane beats of ghetto-house legend DJ Funk.
Enjoy the RBMA player below and watch live!