Shred TVT says Farewell to Apache and Hello to New Opportunity

By Missyllaneous

Have you ever watched someone sew together a tapestry?  That’s what it is like to watch Shred The Verbal Tongue perform.  Each word that spews from his lips creates a fine stitch in a tapestry rich in fabric, color, and storytelling.
For the last five years Shred TVT has been weaving a particular tapestry by hosting an event at Apache Cafe on Third and Spring titled, “Shred TVT & Friends.”  In it you see the man himself, plus tons of other great artists showcasing their skills, be it rapping, producing, poets, as long as the medium is sound.
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“The original thought behind its inception was to create a showcase of hip-hop, R&B, and poetry.  Apache has been my favorite place to perform and I wanted to provide a platform for my friends and associates to showcase their undeniable talents” Shred TVT says about the project which has now grown too big for what he wants to at Apache.
The showcase has had a phenomenal run every fifth Thursday of the month.  For the moment, August 31 will be the last Shred TVT & Friends event at Apache until a new home that fits his size and demand can accommodate.  Make sure you come through for not-so-finale performance that is sure to rock the house.
He certainly isn’t stopping there though as he eagerly awaits the finishing and release of his upcoming EP “New School of Thought.”  As of last night Barsity Champs, a collaboration between Shred TVT and RIVAL, dropped their video for their song  “Barsity Artistry.”

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Born in Troy, NC this young man wields not only a silver tongue (watch out ladies, this silver tongued fox will make you swoon) but the needle with which to thread and embroider his message.  It’s without hesitation that I say he is a lyricist worthy of his mentor, Nas.
It’s no surprise that this #TroyBoy is such a lover of language.  Growing up Shred TVT used to read his mother’s poetry.  Through linguistic artistry and the skill of rhythm and rhymes he dedicated himself to the art of lyricism.
He pays tribute in his song, “One Love,” giving credit to Nas, his upbringing and role models to show him how to “take advantage of the opportunity presented, moved to Atlanta and started fulfilling my mission.”  And stealing those opportunities has allowed him to grow by working with other artists such as veteran hip hop artists like KRS-ONE, Raekwon, Sadat X, Craig G and MC Shan.
It also has allowed him work in numerous venues throughout the city like Center Stage, The Masquerade, Apache Cafe, A3C Festival, Lyricist Lounge and many more.
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Creating A Better Tomorrow

Shred TVT won’t hesitate to let you know that he has made his fair share of mistakes, but instead of telling you how to repeat his past, he insists that you learn from them, making your own mistakes, and creating your own identity.  While he does provide variety, one can’t help but notice this common theme.
Particularly his song, “Better Tomorrow” speaks to all.  No matter what walk of life he acknowledges that we are all fighting our own battles and we all want to do better.  As producer Spittzwell provides an inspirational beat leading you to reflect on your own life and the turning of leaves, Shred TVT gives you verbal direction promising it’s going to get better as long as you “be honest and hold up your head.”
When asked what the greatest lesson is that he wants to convey through his music, it is beautifully simplistic: Be honest with your truth and let the universe respond.
By the end of the first verse of “Better Tomorrow” you are cheering, reassuring yourself that you are doing the best you can it will get better as long as you keep pushing for your greater goal.
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So what are his goals?  Well aside from his dream goal of working with Nas, Shred culminates his drive and determination with his passion to help others.
“It’s all about helping the community,” he says, as we begin discussing his philanthropic endeavors through his collaboration called MoCo Life 910 and it’s slogan G.O.O.N. which stands for “Graciously Overcoming Obstacles & Negativity.”
With other leaders in his communities of Troy and Charlotte, NC The Verbal Tongue uses his experience and talents to help influence the youth and make sure that they rise up and above in the face of adversity.
To keep up with his many endeavors and to find out where you can find him next you can follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and of course check him out on Soundcloud.
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Feeding Your Neighbor: ATL’s fight against food deserts

By Missyllaneous

It’s no secret that urban agriculture is the new “it” project around the nation.  Agriculture contributes $72.5 billion to the Georgia economy with over 42,000 farms and 9 million acres of farm land.

The benefits flow from one cause to another and we are given proof of how food brings the family together.  Only this time it’s not just mom, dad, and your annoying little brother who keeps kicking you under the table (Neill, buddy, I’m glad we both outgrew that phase).  No, instead it’s with our family of Atlanta, uniting government with non-profit, concrete with soil, former convicts with job employers, and people from Zone 1 with those in Zone 6.   It’s beautiful.  And, unfortunately, badly needed.

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Check Your Pvlse

By Missyllaneous

COLUMBUS, GA – Two years ago Khaalis Wooden was feeling frustrated with the media.  He felt there was lack of substance, objectivity, and growth.  Mr. Wooden wanted something for the people, by the people of Columbus, Ga.  Something that focused on stories that people not only wanted to cover, but what people needed to know.

Nowadays you can’t go to an event in Columbus without organizers knowing about Pvlse Media.  In fact, Pvlse is more than likely already there filming the event.  Founders Khaalis Wooden and Terrence D. Flowers are pretty much celebrities on their own.  With short films, news coverage, and the anticipation of the upcoming announcement of Pvlse TV,  there’s not a person with clout that isn’t in touch with this dynamic duo.

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Meet Tee in the Streets

By JC Rocker, production assistant at K100 Radio

Many know K100 Radio for its music [yes we are bds monitored] and thought provoking talk segments; for those that are unfamiliar, we also have comedy. Our resident comedian, Tee Washington or better known as, Tee in the Streets, is known for his prank calls and the loving, but raw as hell, Strip Club Sunny. Now he is looking to expand new horizons with his one man show called, Meet the Claires, debuting this Saturday, February 18th at The Alfred Uhry Theater.  I got a chance to chop it up with my K100 brotha to see how he became Tee in the Streets and how this show will be a dream come true for him.

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Celebrating Passing the Bar

By JC Rocker

So another Bar Exam in the history books! On Friday, January 27th , the fourth anniversary of one of this dope open mic competition went down.  And it was all the way lit!  Mike Sick deserves the DJ Khaled drop “ANOTHA ONE!”

The Savage Fam Pro visioneer Mike Sick can say SUCCESS to this monster he created. If you were there (which you should’ve been!), you witnessed talent, hustle, and a wonderful experience of entertainment.  Contestants came from all over the country to display their passions and to prove that they will Pass The Bar; unfortunately for some, many have gotten the Pass The Mic.

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First Steps in a New Direction

By Missyllaneous

The beauty of democracy is a marvelous thing to witness.  People invoking their right to peaceful assemblage to speak out, either for or against, on a myriad of polemical issues from the Iraq War, gay rights, election turnouts, police brutality, to many more.

It’s always caught my attention, but I never felt the drive to go, paint my face, and start screaming and chanting.  While I commend the men and women that march for those who do not always get a voice, let alone get heard, I’ve always pursued other mediums in my fight for justice and to be proactive in the making of history.  I have trouble believing that only one avenue of protestment is what brings about change.

However, this year, after repeated FaceBook alerts and adverts for the 2017 Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women, and learning of all the different organizations (there are 58 listed on the website) that partnered with them I thought, “This is more of a humanitarian rally.  Not a protest. People just want to make sure they are heard, known, and represented.  I have no argument against that.  Sure, let’s do some marching.”

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Don’t Pass “The Bar Exam” this Friday

By JC Rocker, contributing editor Missyllaneous

In December 2013 I was recommended to enter The Bar Exam, a hip hop competition started by Savage Fam Productions and held at Atlanta’s  Apache Cafe.  I was in the early stages of developing my own stage presence so I signed up for the open mic portion which took place prior to the main event.   That’s when  I met the charismatic enigma Mike Sick, giving me the instructions and welcoming me with open arms. As I performed,  and with Sick hyping the audience from the side, I felt the energy of the crowd. I didn’t just perform; I had the best experience of my life. Since that day, I’ve made my presence known at the Bar Exam from the stage to spectating; throughout the years witnessing its growth. Now with its 4th birthday approaching this Friday, January 27, 2017 [go ahead and pull out your calendars], it is only right that I tell y’all why you should attend this monthly gift to the artists and event that embodies the Hip Hop culture.

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The Day I Said NO to a Drug Dealer

By JC Rocker, contributing writer Missyllaneous

Like many people in the world, I had (and admittedly still have) major issues in my life. However, like some people who are willing to accept the truth and do something about it, I went to therapy.  It felt good to have someone listen to me without judgment and hearing from an unbiased opinion gave me a better perspective on how to approach difficult situations differently.  When I finally received understanding and compassion, after feeling like an outsider in my own life, the possibility of getting peace of mind gave me relief.

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Get in the Spirits this Holiday

By Cierra Randolph

The holidays are here!  And if you want to get into the Spirit of things here are a few recipes that will be sure to mix things up at the party and help everyone get a few holly, jolly gin blossoms on your nose down to your toes.

Remember to drink responsibly, the holidays don’t do us any good if we aren’t here together!

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Joe Stu Gives Direction on “Which Way Now?”

As I sit in the studio on Metropolitan Avenue in downtown Atlanta, I smile in quiet anticipation to meet Joe Stu and hear the new clips for his upcoming project Which Way Now?, released on December 11, 2016.

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Three years ago Joe Stu teamed up with fellow hip hop producer, D.R.U.G.S., to release Wrong Turns in the Right Directions. “Gorilla” in particular is what got me hooked on this young man.

I take that back, it was him. His reflective essay, his educated mind, a testament to HBCU Clark Atlanta University, who was capable of making observations without judgements or endorsements.  And Which Way Now? has once again proven his capabilities to blend art, emotion and academics all in one.

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