concrete615.com 6-8 ........................ Scotty ATL 10 ......................... DJ Chozen 14 ................... Music Reviews 18 ............Nashville 10: Sana Cool 20-22 ........... JellyRoll & Lil Wyte 24 .................Charlez M Robinson 26 ....... Indie Watch: Tater Wheat 28 .... Producer Proﬁle: Greenway Publisher: Capo Ad Executives: Capo Art Director: Rex2-tm Nash 10 Photography: Tavell Brown Photography: Tavell Brown Publishing Consultant: Bryan Deese
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CONCRETE: Who Is ScottyATL? Scotty ATL: A Dope Rap artist out of Atlanta thats cool as hell and about to be one of the next dudes out of the south to really rep the way its suppose to be repped. CONCRETE: How would you describe your music? Scotty ATL: It’s music you can relate to, its classic. It gives you that feel when you heard cats like OutKast, GoodieMob just the real classic southern music that’s known for stuff people can relate to and listen to whether they was going through something or they wanted to celebrate. There is lyrics in it. CONCRETE: You started off in a group and eventually ventured off on a solo career. What’s the difference from being in a group to going and making your own way? Scotty ATL: Its a big difference. If you’re doing what you’re suppose to be doing but someone else isn’t doing what they are suppose to be doing, it hurts the whole group. As a solo artist you have more responsibility. Being a solo artist is better for me, cause it’s all on me and I know I’m going to work hard. CONCRETE: With that group you got a deal and now as a solo artist you are independent. What’s the beneﬁt of being indie versus being signed? Scotty ATL: When you’re with a label there are certain beneﬁts which you can use. The label’s name or stamp to get you in certain doors that you may not have been able to get into as an indie artist. Then you also have experienced people around you as well. So there is certain beneﬁts of being with a label, they help you push. As a indie it’s really about what you’re trying to do. For me, I want to have creative control of my stuff. I don’t want to have to just push out singles. I want to be able to make music that people can relate to, music that is timeless. As a Indie artist you pave your own way. CONCRETE: You recently dropped the F.A.I.T.H (Forever Atlanta In The Heart) project. What was the thought process putting it together? continued on pg 8
Scotty ATL: We started working on FAITH the same time we were working on the Jiffy Corn Bread Experience. The two projects were suppose to be one but the music didn’t really ﬁt. So I was like ‘OK let me do the full project with Burn One and do this EP project with Proliﬁc and SoundTrack and test out our chemistry.’ I came up with the title then it was just ﬁlling in all the blanks. I wanted to make some real classic sounding ATL music, and at the same time I wanted it to be from the heart. FAITH represents being from the heart. When we went in the studio we made sure we connected and made sure every song was the best it could be. CONCRETE: You recently dropped a video for the song “After Rap”. Can you tell us a little about that? Scotty ATL: The video was shot by Tony Loney and the concept to the video was really just progress meaning after rap Im gonna be the shit. Really more about being ready for the future. I do more than rap now. I have investment properties and other stuff. Thats the whole thing, I’m going to be the shit after rap. CONCRETE: So what can Scotty ATL fans be expecting in the near future? Scotty ATL: Well of course we got the “GAME” video. We got the tour after that. We got the “Handle Biz” video coming. Me and LES going to shoot a video for “Ol School 84”. We got an ofﬁcial single we are going to release and maybe another short EP project before the end of the year. I’m just trying to keep the visuals out there and let more people know who I am as an artist. CONCRETE: What some advice you have for an up and coming artist reading this? Scotty ATL: Believe in yourself, Trust God, when it gets real tough that’s when it counts the most. What most artist don’t realize is your favorite artist had to make a lot of sacriﬁces to get where they’re at. Weather it be time or it be money. People want the results but they don’t want to put in the work.
CONCRETE: How would you deﬁne yourself as a DJ? DJ Chozen: I originally started off as the underground house party DJ. That was it I didnt know what I was doing but I had the records we wanted to have a party, knew a lot of people so thats what it was. As I got better I started working with MC’s one of my favorite things to do was to play instrumentals during a cypher to be able to rock the beats and not have the words to clutter it up for myself and to give the MCs something to spit over. These days Im trying to be more well rounded, I’ve studied every aspect of DJing from being a mobile Dj, Club Dj, A big venue DJ or a supporting DJ. I have a well rounded personality to bring to the table. CONCRETE: You recently dropped Summer Business. What was the thought process for that? DJ Chozen: Part of it was from TV I’ve been watching Mad Men and Im also going to school studying business. People ask me all the time why are you going to school I say because I want to own my own business, What kind of Business? I say I dont know,But then I started thinking I already have a business. I’ve been working at this for years and maybe never thought of it as a business but what if I apply what I’ve learned in school and through life to my business as a DJ and make that hobby into an actual business. So what starts as a Summer Business will turn into an actual career. CONCRETE: Where can people ﬁnd your Mixes? DJ Chozen: Pretty much DJ Chozen on anything FB, Twitter and Soundcloud is where all my music is posted. I love the school of thought that music is to be shared especially as a DJ we honestly don’t have copy wrights to any of these songs so I cant legitimately sale somebody else’s work or do I want to. We offer the music for free its our intirpitation of these artist stuff. I leave all my stuff up for free Download its a form of ﬂattery if someones willing to download it to there computer then there gonna listen to it at least one more time. Summer Business is a open format mix it can be anything. I tried the best I could to ﬁnd 45min of music across the board in my genre that Im comfortable with. It can go from Reggae to Dancehall,DubStep, Trap,Miami Bass to old school hip hop,new school hiphop,Funk and soul. I wanted to show I could go from 70bpm to 120 back to 80 to 90 and it was all recorded in one live take so its not edited. I want to have a couple of moments in each mix like wow did he really just do that. If a DJ doesn’t have an AH Ha moment then he is just playing records.. CONCRETE: Any Last words or shout outs? DJ Chozen: Shout out to Turn Table University, DJ Debenaire, DJ Orig and all Mashville Wicket, KidsMeal, Nick, Case from Boom Bap.
JellyRoll & Lil Wyte - No Filter
JellyRoll and Lil Wyte didn’t let their fans down with this one. The two artist team up to bring us the No Filter album and it is just that, 17 songs of raw material that made us fall in love with these two guys music in the ﬁrst place. Jelly’s lyrical word play and strong delivery and Lil Wyte’s raspy voice over some bangin production. There is plenty of songs on this album to Turn Up to like “All We Do”,”Break The Knob Off” and “Molly by da Gram” but both of these guys delivered some songs that you may not expect to hear from them like “Bigger”, “This Down Here”, Our Love Song and Move Mountains. This is a classic TN album thats available for purchase at all major outlets and online get it and add it to your music library if you haven’t already.
CKE - ChupaKabraz are my brothers
The Gemini Twinz have done it again. This time they brought the team with them. Linking up with Florida’s own DJ Spinatik, the newest member of Terror Squad, to deliver the CKE album and introduce the other members behind the movement. This album is ﬁlled with hard hitting trunk bangers, hi hats and lyrical shots at any one hating. The album goes from trap rap to deep songs speaking on the struggle to something for the Latinas on “No Hay Amor” and “Mente Y Corazon”. Support this album and get your copy today.
Kaby - Here
Kaby is Here and if you didn’t know now you know. This album is full of crazy, sampled base production being complimented by Kaby’s deep voice and smooth delivery. Listening to the album you can tell Kaby is all about having a good time with songs like “Dirty Dog”, “10 Yellow Bottles” and “Young Sparrow” its obvious money, woman and ﬁnding where the party’s at is nothing new. Kaby also ﬂexes his lyrical muscle on “Got To Have”, “Eatin Good” and “King Me”. This is a ten song project that will keep your attention from start to ﬁnish. Go get it!
Tater Wheat - The Struggle Is Real
Tater Wheat may not be a familiar name to you yet but he is bound to catch your attention with his recent project The Struggle Is Real Real. Jones from 101 The Beat hosts this 30 min mini mixtape full of strong street records. Tater Wheat’s cleaver word play over up tempo tracks leaves you wanting more at the end. I guess he gave us a free taste to make the music ﬁends come back for more. Songs like “Chris Johnson”, “Pistol Play” and “Nothing” will get you “Turnt Up” ready to “Hustle Hard”. He also goes deep with songs like “My Struggle”, “No Hook”, “See Me Dead” and “Amen”. Tater Wheat is for sure someone to be on the look out for and this project is a must have.
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HomeTown: Nashville TN Measurements: 34B-28-40 Whats your biggest Turn On/Turn Off? My biggest turn on is a sexy smile or a guy that can give a good massage! Those are my weaknesses! My biggest Turn off is a guy with no sense of humor. I got to have someone I can joke with for hours. Favorite Designer? I can’t pick one favorite designer, you can’t ask a girl that, that’s like asking which one of my high heels I love the most. 3 artists we would ﬁnd in your iPod? ASAP Rocky, Kanye West, Miguel.
CONCRETE: Whats the concept behind No Filter Filter? What made you guys come together on this project? JellyRoll: Fans and Money. The Fans want the music and we want the money. CONCRETE: Can you explain the title? Lil Wyte: Its straight Raw. You ever hit a NewPort with no ﬁlter its rough. You ever hit some moonshine with no ﬁlter its really rough. CONCRETE: What can the fans expect on this album? JellyRoll: The best way to describe it is Lil Wyte came over to where JellyRoll does music, and JellyRoll came over to where Lil Wyte does music. Everything in between there we seen along the way. You’ll hear stuff from me that you would probably never thought I would say as a
JellyRoll fan and you’re deﬁnitely going to hear something from Wyte that I growing up as a Lil Wyte fan never thought I would hear. LilWyte: Me and Jelly have a way of pushing each other out side of our comfort zone to think outside of our own box. Jelly called me on a Monday I was in Nashville on Wednesday and we was recording. We knocked out 16 tracks in like four days. Your gonna hear shit from both of us that you wouldn’t expect, we have a lot of variety on this one. CONCRETE: What producers did you work with? JellyRoll: We have the Colleges, Shape Shifter,T.Stoner Cashville producer, Ed Pryor Cashville Producer, DJ Money Green Cashville Producer,BandPlay Cashville Producer and the Avengers. But the majority of the album
was produced by T.Stoner (Greenway). We got some great production that we could both do something different on. CONCRETE: What about features? JellyRoll: We got Twisted on a record. I think we are the ﬁrst people Twisted have done a feature with since leaving Psychopathic. We also got My Brother Rell on a song called smoke and get high. Lil Wyte: We got Caskey on the album, also shout out to Caskey, Robin Raynelle, Jesse Whitley. JellyRoll: Colt Ford and Big Smo are on the Remix. CONCRETE: You used a lot of Nashville producers. Does Nashville have a speciﬁc sound your looking for? JellyRoll: Well me and T.Stoner own a studio together and we recorded there so I had a little home court advantage. Plus Lil Wyte has dropped ﬁve studio solo albums and four of those were produced by Three Six Maﬁa. We were really trying to separate Wyte from that traditional Memphis sound. Lil Wyte: Yea, Kind of touching different bases and spreading my wings a bit. I’ve already proved I got that Memphis shit on lock. CONCRETE: Are you two putting a tour together? Lil Wyte: We are starting on a promo run. Of course a few spots in Tenn. then Ohio, Miss. a few other places, but it’s a real promo run. Autograph signing, meet and greets, just interacting with the fans. Then we are going out on a month long run with Twisted and that’s going to be a straight up Juggalo party. I think we are gonna be touching a lot of different states the west coast, Texas, New York all along the east coast three shows in Florida. JellyRoll: We are circulating man. Pretty much we are doing 20 plus cities in 30 days. We just invested in a bus so its ofﬁcial. We are working.
CONCRETE: What is your favorite songs on the album? Lil Wyte: “This Down Here”, because it takes you back to the Lil Wyte just the good ol’ boys song. That was the ﬁrst song that I actually had played on Memphis radio back in ‘03. Plus it was a song that captured a whole different side of me of course I have the drug rap and the party rap but this is just a lay back type of song. It takes me back to my roots and its just some real shit for me and Jelly. JellyRoll: My favorite song on the record is “Move Mountains” with Robin Raynelle the ﬁnal song on the record. It’s only my favorite because of what Lil Wyte did. I just did what I normally do. I wouldn’t say its nothing new under the sun for a JellyRoll fan, but for Lil Wyte fans its a shocker because he actually raps about some real heart felt shit on there without the raspy voice. Its just awesome something totally different. Lil Wyte: Shout out to Fixes, Selecto hits, Wyte Music, A Game the Whole team and Tenn. JellyRoll: Shout out to Rell, Molly Gang the whole A Team all my guys. Free Struggle. Free Buck.
CONCRETE: How did you get your start? Charles: I went to MTSU for music cause I play the piano. I ended up meeting up with Big Fella him and T. Arthur had a band and we went on all these little tours. I eventually was like man we are going all these places meeting all these people. So I picked up a little camera from Wal-Mart. Then we also had these tv shows at MTSU thats how I learned how to edit. One day I woke up said let me see what shooting a music video is all about even if it is on a Wal-Mart camera. CONCRETE: So what was your Big break the moment you knew that this was something you wanted to do for a living? Charles: Well it was after doing a bunch of different work with the camera. There was a guy named Toni Delano who wanted to meet me one day. I was actually doing some work for one of his clients. He was like I like work lets get this ofﬁce space together and do something. The ﬁrst persons that I felt believed in my work, who gave me the most substantial amount of money to make me feel like this is something I could do was the Bezzeled Gang. CONCRETE: Recently you were part of a couple movies, tell us about that. Charles: Well the ﬁrst movie I did was about four years ago it was called Money Makers. The other movie Master Minds was released a few weeks ago. CONCRETE: So was it difﬁcult going from videos to movies? Charles: Well music videos of course don’t require as much effort and time in the sense of how many days we will be shooting the amount of equipment the amount of time. Some of those scenes on both movies, we were on set from sun up to sun down getting two hours of sleep for like two weeks.I didn’t direct Master Minds but I did Co-Direct Money Makers and its easier when you don’t have to come up with everything yourself. Cause a lot of these music videos now are rogue in a sense, where the director is also shooting the video. When normally you have the director telling everybody what to do. CONCRETE: Any shout outs? Charles: DDD, TY, Dumpit Fam, MTSU, J.Brix, D.Mayes, M.Faber, Willie C Robinson, Davin D Denson, Al Trim, Big Fella + Te Aurthur + Band, Gabe Sizemore, F.A.M.I.L.Y, Toni Delano, Capo + Tavell, Jamaal Hicks, Dawn Harrington, TQu, W. Hadden, MAGIC, C. Chambers, GT, Jude, Corey Mitchell, A. Reeves, Stepp Stewart, Bezzeled Gang, Tha City Paper, Gemini Twinz, Cowboy. To all of our clients, thank you for believing and entrusting us with your careers and futures, Keep God First.
CONCRETE: For the people who aren’t familiar who you are, tell them where Tater Wheat came from? Tater Wheat: Man I come from Hopewell. I say it in all my raps “Hope Well”. It’s a small community in the sticks and off from the world it feel like. Everything happen there. Whatever you want you can get it there. From the good and the bad, I just feel like I came from a place where aint nobody just got out there and really tried to pursue something. CONCRETE: What made you want to start rapping? Tater Wheat: Didn’t really nothing made me start rapping. I just went over a friend’s house one day, you know he had his own studio and stuff together so I just jumped in their just off the muscle. I just got in there and I liked how I sound. Because really I was just one of those dudes that knew I could rap but I wouldn’t spit you no verse or nothing. I wouldn’t freestyle I would just sit back and be cool but once I got in that booth everything changed. I went and bought my own equipment the next day from laptops, speakers, monitors, and anything I needed, just so I could get in the booth to perfect my craft so I could keep doing what I wanted to do. CONCRETE: Since the struggle is really your ﬁrst project and you got with Jones from 101.1 the beat. What was the process in making the whole project? Tater Wheat: Well, really I wanted to make something for people like me that has been through what I’ve been through. I mean cause I had it hard coming up. I lived in the projects, section 8, welfare, food stamps all that like most of the people that I know and I been around. I just wanted to make something that people can relate too and that they can ride to be like okay I’ve been through that right there and I feel what he talking about. You aint gotta be struggling you ain’t gotta just be down and out for the struggle to be real. We all got bills to pay, we all got things that stress us out so that’s really where it came from “The Struggle is Real”. CONCRETE: Who are some of the producers on there? Tater Wheat: T.H.C Ham, that’s one of my boys, he’s been recording me for a minute. He was really the ﬁrst person that really told me like aye you should take it serious. Another producer name is Dizzy, he made most of the beats like Chris Johnson, Polo and Levi’s, and most of the beats on the record.
CONCRETE: A lot of people know you kind of behind the board type of guy. How did you get your passion to start music and sit behind the board and do production? Greenway: It deﬁnitely started early just growing up playing the drums. My older sisters, one of them listened to rap and the other one listened to Blink 182, so I just kind of got a mesh from that. What’s crazy is production wise I got started in Christian music and I got hired by a company to like engineer. I basically got paid to learn, so after I did that I just ran with it and started doing my own thing with it. CONCRETE: So who are some of the people that you have produced for? Greenway: That list is growing. I’ve done stuff with Jelly of course, Lil Wyte, Rittz, Shawty Fat, Cutty Calhoun, Dice. Man it keeps going and growing. CONCRETE: What part did you play on the album No Filter by Jelly Roll and Lil Wyte? Greenway: Well I saw it from beginning to end. Basically I just moved into a new place. I have a whole basement studio, so Lil Wyte just ﬂew in and just stayed at my crib for 9 days, ﬁrst time I met him so that was crazy. We worked probably 6 or 7 days out of the 9. We took off days and stuff, but we just recorded the whole album. We all just kind of vibed out. I recorded and edited and mixed the entire album, and then like produced like 7. I think there’s 16 on there. I like to look at it like I produced the body of the album. Two of them are going to be videos, but there not like singles singles. I like to look at it like how DJ Burn One did for Rittz. He mapped out the album and other producers kind of ﬁlled in. That’s kind of how I see it cause it’s such a diverse record. Like we got country songs, we got all these cross over songs deﬁnetely going to be spreading to not just the typical it’s not what you think a Jelly Roll and Lil Wyte album would be. Even off the single “Break the Knob Off” like that’s really the only song like that and there’s bangers on there, but it’s in depth, good records on there. CONCRETE: Any shutouts? Greenway: Shout out to everybody. I mean there’s so many people. Deﬁnitely my team, Trip Nasty Tyler, great video dude, my artist JC, Jelly Roll. Really Jelly #1 because he’s helped me so much, Wyte, Wes from Select-O-Hits, Lauren, my son Hudson, Concrete, so many people man I could name them all day but they know.