December 4, 2009 - ATLANTA, GA – On Tuesday, December 8, 2009, Atlanta’s longest-running organic Hip-Hop show – The Beatz & Lyrics Show with Jayforce – will proudly commemorate its ten year anniversary with the release of a mixtape that captures the best of what the show has represented since its inception. The Ten Year Anniversary Beatz & Lyrics Mixtape features contributions by 40 emcees, producers and musicians who came together in less than a week to record the 12-track project.
Three days prior to the launch of the 2009 A3C Hip-Hop Festival, Beatz & Lyrics founder DJ Jayforce and producer Amond “AJ” Jackson realized that the 3-day event would give them the unique opportunity to bring together some of the most talented independent Hip-Hop artists and producers from across the country. But while the internet has bred quite a few long-distance collaborations among the indie Hip-Hop community, that fateful weekend in October brought 150 like-minded artists to the Atlanta area. Once AJ offered to open his studio, the Salem Psalms Library, for 72-straight hours during A3C weekend, the call went out for producers’ submissions for a one of a kind project. “The plan was to let the artists fall through and listen to the tracks without bias as to who produced them to see if they could create some magic that would be good enough to make the cut on the
mixtape,” recounts Jayforce. “Fortunately many of the talented and respected emcees living in Atlanta and from other cities around the country answered the call. The primary piece of the puzzle was for everyone visiting for A3C to do produce their best work in the time allocated for the project. We ended up with artists from every region of the map involved in the mixtape.”
The first track released as a preview to the project perfectly captures the essence of the Beatz & Lyrics Mixtape. “Beatz & Lyrics,” produced by AJ brings together Pill, one of Atlanta’s fastest rising stars, who’s unique style is an effortless mix of street cred and lyricism; Chicago-born MC Mike Flo, who’s career includes a critically acclaimed debut LP and a stint as revolutionary group dead.prez’s tour DJ; Houston’s first lady Troublesum, who’s talent has garnered recognition from BET and earned her a spot on AllHipHop.com’s coveted Breeding Ground; and rapper/producer Cory Mo, who’s discography includes collaborations with some of the most respected names in Houston’s Hip-Hop history, including the Underground Kings themselves. On Friday, December 4, the song was selected as the “Heater of the Day” on AllHipHop.com’s Media Zone.
Other contributors to the Beatz & Lyrics Mixtape include established names in the underground, including J-Live, Punchlyne, El Da Sensei, Homeboy Sandman, and producers Tahir, DJ Presyce, and DJ Shakim; some of the artists who have helped define Atlanta’s “Tru Skool,” including 4ize, Haziq Ali, Mojo Swagger, Senor Kaos and producer Illastrate; and some of the most promising new comers, including Fresh Daily and Tommy Nova.
The Ten Year Anniversary Beatz & Lyrics Mixtape will be available as a free download starting December 8. To be serviced with the download link and liner notes please contact Tai@theremedyllc.com. The link and materials will also be available online at beatzandlyrics.podomatic.com
. DJ Jayforce and Amond “AJ” Jackson are also available for interviews about the project and the show, as are several of the participants.
About The Beatz & Lyrics Show
Founded in 1999, The Beatz & Lyrics Show with Jay Force airs every other Saturday on Atlanta’s WRFG 89.3 FM from 10pm-1am EST. Since its inception, the show has centered on the ability to not only play the best and latest by established commercial and independent Hip-Hop artists, but also the freedom to introduce new talent and implement creative ideas. “Over the years, the primary focus of the Beatz & Lyrics show was to continue to provide that balance while leaving the door open for the newcomers to be heard,” says the show’s founder and host DJ Jayforce. “We’re purely driven by the quality of music. We’ve never sold out our integrity and our determination to support good music and push the culture forward.” Those outside of the Atlanta area can catch the Beatz & Lyrics show live at www.WRFG.org
or as a podcast at beatzandlyrics.podomatic.com