Someone asked, “What is it for?”, my reply was,” It’s for the culture, it is standing art”. You can call it a marketing tool for 2 Chainz’s latest album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, but it’s more than advertisement, it’s a movement! Located on Howell Mill Rd. in Atlanta, Ga, the house sits in the heart of a business district. The Pink Trap House which was once white, was rented to host a private listening party for 2 Chainz’s new album released on June 16. 2 Chainz’s rental property has been used as an art gallery where a paint and sip event was hosted, a nail shop and recently church service was held at the house. Also a HIV prevention bus was on sight to test and inform visitors.
Some of the local business owners complained about the bubble gum pink eye sore, saying that there is no where for visitors to park and the traffic was causing congestion. However, I found it intriguing as did it’s many visitors. Tourist and locals visited the house to take pictures and make videos. There once was a pink old school in the front yard but it was hauled away due to damages, yet the pink stove stood strong. In my opinion, if it were downtown around Edgewood it would be better accepted, but since it is on the busy industrial section of Howell Mill Rd. it is being regarded as a disturbance. I admit it brings more people to the already busy area, but these people are not causing any accidents nor are they breaking into or stealing from neighboring businesses. 2 Chainz’s lease is up as of July 7 and the house will be restored to its original color.
Before the lease ended 2 Chainz shot a music video at the pink trap house for his song, “Door Swangin”. It was said that he was thinking of renewing the lease because of the popularity of the house. I hope 2 Chainz rents another property to resurrect his vision. No drug or gang activity is associated with the pink trap house but the motivation to hustle is. For me, it resonates with the pretty hustlers, the ones that bump trap music on their way to work, the ones that get up early and stay up late, the ones who played in the streets and the ones that watched from the porch. I saw the culture in the pink trap house and I honestly thought it was an innovating business venture. I hope this inspires more artist to think abstract when it comes to their art.
By: Keidra Ponder
As a writer I’ve always had respect for fellow authors. The creative process is tedious and sometime unruly, but the finished product is well worth the sacrifice. I’ve known Craig since school days but I grew to respect him as a man while reading his works. His words are well thought out with much meaning. He is valor with much insight to give. His ability to make it out of Daytona Beach, Fl. with his mind in tact and ambition in full force is what I most admire. Once I read his literature we connected on a conscious level, here is some insight on the man behind the intellect.
For as long as I can recall I’ve had a love poetry, song writing and music production. As a young boy I would study the Webster’s dictionary to enhance my vocabulary. This was when I started freestyling full verses, which lead to rap songs and small poems. Throughout my childhood I never stopped writing, however it wasn’t until a deployment to Iraq in 2003 that I would start to put material together for publishing. Unfortunately writer’s block would take its course until 2009 while deployed to Afghanistan, I wrote and wrote feeling good as the inspirational poetry began to rush in. By 2011 it was time for me to reconsider my future , did I want to remain in the Army or pursue writing full time? I decided to go for it, I left the military and in this time all I did was attend college and write. I chose to further my education, gaining my Associates in Business Management and Internet Marketing so that it would better facilitate my publishing goals.
I believe that in one lifetime you can be what and who you want to be if you’re wiling to put the work in. I have a following on Facebook which I give a combination of inspiration and real life logic, I try to interact with my readers as much as possible. I’m very open minded and can relate to most personalities, I usually can get people to look at things at an angle never before seen. The future of my brand (AKGM) or (A King’s Genetic Memory) is focused on the future and open to where that future may lead. I currently have two published bodies of work and I have material composed for my next 3 projects as well. Click the links below to check my manuscripts out.
“A King’s Genetic Memory; The Royal Inspiration”
“A King’s Genetic Memory; Satin Sheets”
To stay current with my works follow me on Facebook at- https://www.facebook.com/AKGM1
We’re back with a new artist in the spotlight, we have Texas native D-Lo Suave on The Corner to share his story. This young multi-talented musician is making waves in the vast sea. Mr. D-Lo Suave is a man with many gifts and he has brought his story to Keedie’s Corner. Read along and get a feel for the young mogul in the making.
My name is DeLisha (Duh-Ly-shja) McPeters. I’m a 23 year old Rapper/Singer/Songwriter/Entrepreneur From Dallas, Texas, better known by the moniker “D~Lo $uave”.
I got into music when I was younger, probably around 1st grade from dancing. My mom paid for my sisters & I to be in a local dance group in Killeen, before we moved to Dallas. We traveled around the country for dance competitions, events & church functions. Which gave me tons of experience & stage presence when it comes to performing… I absolutely love to dance! Growing up, if you couldn’t dance or play basketball you wouldn’t have much luck with the ladies & you would more than likely get dissed for a boy that could! Dancing is my main reason for making music so I can have an excuse to be a dancer! I also had a friend in Killeen who’s step dad had his own home studio so he and I would always practice singing, dancing & rapping.
When I moved to Dallas I took a break from music & started playing basketball, which is a big influence on my music & how I make it today. I still play basketball here & there because physical activity induces creativity. Whenever I hit a block I’ll often go shoot a few shots or run some drills to clear my mind & get back to writing.
My writing process is pretty simple to me but probably complex to the average listener or someone hearing one of my songs for the first time. I layer my lyrics with double meanings & entendres so every time you go back to listen to my music you’re likely to find a new/deeper meaning to what I’m saying, in turn getting to know me a little better. I also try to be as unrelatable as possible, lol. Its something I tried being experimental thinking “this will be so personal, no one will understand me”. But it actually had a reverse effect on my fans as being told. In that kind of situation I’m glad I proved myself wrong haha.
Music has changed my life in so many ways, from being introduced to new things & new people, to helping motivate me to be the best father I can be. My music & my children inspire me to always put my best foot forward. Today I’ve killed countless shows trying to build my fan base. I’m also planning on dropping an Ep this year which will be my first project. I’ve got a few names but haven’t come to a final decision just yet. I’m currently an independent artist looking for endorsements, sponsorship & management. Lastly, I’m a real person, life happens & I’d say that’s probably the main reason I haven’t been able to put out content on a consistent basis. I have to handle both the music & business side of my career but don’t worry, it’ll get done. So be on the lookout for D~Lo $uavé.
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