Like we always do at this time! Team FG going going back back to Austin this month to eat tacos and move bodies. Catch us at the annual Fool’s Gold showcase, going down Thursday, 3/17 at Vulcan Gas Co, presented by Vibes. It’s free with RSVP at lndrnrs.com!
Meyhem Lauren is taking Queens swagger worldwide, traveling the globe with Action Bronson on their travel / dining show F**k That’s Delicious (invading a home near you on the VICELAND cable channel). Their adventures are just an appetizer for Piatto D’Oro, Meyhem’s upcoming free solo release on Fool’s Gold. “Sauce” also scores the trailer for Meyhem’s new web series Got The Fever TV, showcasing rare footage and one-on-ones with some of graffiti’s most iconic and notorious personalities. Watch the trailer on juxtapoz.com.
Fool’s Gold teamed up with Seattle’s Alive & Well for a limited edition capsule celebrating the brand’s four-year anniversary. With shared roots in music and street culture (longtime FG fam Four Color Zack is one of A&W’s founders) and a mutually irreverent take on style, this team-up channels inspiration from Seatown weather, Sir Mix A Lot’s limo, and more into must-have pieces for Spring. Get the tees, hoodies, rain jacket, skate deck and more starting this Saturday (3/5) at store.foolsgoldrecs.com and aliveandwellsea.com, and celebrate with a FG takeover that night at 95 Slide (722 E. Pike Street) featuring music from LNDN DRGS, Nick Catchdubs, Four Color Zack and Sean Cee.
Black Atlass’ slinky, seductive single “Tonight” gets an equally alluring music video from acclaimed fashion photographer Kenneth Cappello. Conjuring a high-gloss world of vintage supermodel shoots, the classic B&W beach video vibes quickly turn hallucinatory, with Black Atlass’ yearning vocals soundtracking a Cronenberg-worthy body party. Even if tarantulas aren’t your turn on (yet), “Tonight” is a must-watch. Stay tuned for more from Black Atlass in the coming months.
In the most cosmic sense of the word, Rome Fortune is Atlanta’s newest star. Green-bearded and crop-topped, 6’5” in cowboy boots, he takes the stage like an eclipse and flips straighforward bars into lunar poetry. But even with such otherworldly swagger, Rome’s music connects with fans because of how powerfully (and sometimes painfully) human it really is.
Jerome Raheem Fortune is the true story of this man who fell to earth. Rome’s Beautiful Pimp mixtapes (“rap as motivational speaking, generous and all-inclusive” – Pitchfork) and collaborations with everyone from turn-up trailblazers OG Maco and ILoveMakonnen to Four Tet and Toro Y Moi were merely the prelude to JRF’s nakedly honest storytelling.
Over loose, dreamlike tracks from longtime collaborator Cubby, Rome gets extra real about his struggles: his parents, his children, and their mothers… his dreams, his demons, and the drugs that may be fueling both. Even Kaytranada produced single “Dance” is an outlier, an uptempo song about escape rather than elation. Yet nothing on Jerome Raheem Fortune is a drag; over the course of 11 potent tracks, Rome Fortune presents hip hop catharsis at its most compelling. Head towards the outer limits of rap with a guide who is intimately familiar. Listen to Jerome Raheem Fortune here.
Dance legend Fred Falke lends his French touch to Rome Fortune’s debut Fool’s Gold single, grafting a feel-good disco groove onto “Dance” and creating a glittery house anthem for the ages. Premiered on FACT, listen to Fred’s take below and pre-order #JeromeRaheemFortune out worldwide on 2/26!
Premiered on Revolt TV, ManMan Savage lives up to his name on “Takin Shots,” shaking dreads and wilding out to his anthemic Fool’s Gold single in the most unlikely boxing match ever. Turn up and get familiar with ATL’s newest knockout MC. Watch the video above to “Takin Shots” and listen here.
Fresh off a sold-out tour with Alessia Cara, Leaf is back with her first new music of 2016. But don’t get it twisted, there’s nothing pop or plastic about this one: “Ride” features Leaf as uncut and uncompromising as ever (“Damn girl you so nasty… love it how you call me daddy…”). Do what she says, and “Ride” this one ‘till the wheels fall off. Listen to “Ride” now.
The turntables might wobble but they don’t fall down… the same can’t be said for A-Trak’s cowgirl friends in the delightfully absurd new video for his hit Jamie Lidell collaboration “We All Fall Down.” Featuring a mechanical bull dance partner, some brave sweethearts of the rodeo, and Trizzy holding court as saloon master of ceremonies, this “WAFD” video is one foot-stomping night out. Watch the video here and order the 7″ vinyl backed with “Jamie’s Version” at store.foolsgoldrecs.com.