Friday, October 17, 2014


From the city to the country.  
There's something going on in Atlanta. It's called Smashcore.  As of lately I've been working on a few new things with a few amazing people.  As anxious as I am to share all of the details of what's going on, I have to be patient and just show you all!! January 5th, 2015 will be the launch of Smashcore!! Until then, I want to share a cool experience we had a couple weeks ago.  The Smashcore team and a few other creative pals of mine including Willie Hyn, Vintage Nation, and Buckheadthread and of course my little mini me CJ  took a field trip to the beautiful escape of Serenbe to work on a project. 

I had never been to such a place as peaceful and beautiful as Serenbe. I wasn't even aware that it existed just 45 minutes south of the city. Serenbe is a community focused on the elements of a well-lived life: arts for inspiration, agriculture for nourishment, health for wellbeing and education for awareness.  Serenbe has a 25 acre organic farm, an outdoor theatre, tree houses, farm animals, and really friendly people who reside in the community.  Being exposed to such a beautiful place gave me a new perspective.  It brought a feeling of peace and new found inspiration to continue creating. 

We were at Serenbe to capture visuals for a project.  While we were there we took the time to jam out for a bit.  We explored the "paradise" as Cj described it and gather inspiration and motivation to continue on each of our distinct journeys.  Cj and I had a blast jumping on a trampoline we came upon and petting the animals at the petting zoo.  We all played like big kids in the tree houses and open fields.  

These are some of the images Smashcore gathered from our little escape.  Nature is such a soothing and necessary thing for the soul.  If you're in the city and need a little getaway for your soul, take a little trip down to Serenbe! Stay tuned for more updates on Smashcore!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014


 When I saw this trailer I almost passed out!! Many of us have been wondering when we will get more Jay Electronica music and where he has been. After watching the trailer for an experimental film directed by Jason Goldwatch that will be released in early 2015 through Mass Appeal featuring Jay Electronica, I came to the conclusion that his absence must be due to his continuous search for higher knowledge. I'm still unsure of what "Into The Light" which is the title of Goldwatch's film is all about but I'm sure anxious to see it upon release. Goldwatch released the statement below:

Jay Electronica is full of mystery, and like a magician, his character lends itself to new ways of seeing things that would seem impossible to many. Several years ago, Jay and I traveled to the other side of the Earth. We left a piece of ourselves there. In exchange, we brought back something entirely new, and the images that follow are a glimpse into that magic for everyone who's curious.
Traveling across strange lands, we were invited to attend sacred ceremonies of sacrifice and parading celebrations of ancient descent. We trekked together towards the horizon and explored crowded monasteries, solitary mountain top temples, slums of filthy laughing children, and rivers running with blood and flower petals. I documented as Jay walked a river of burning human bodies. We crash landed a helicopter in the Himalayas, and he delivered rice and clean water to a school in a refugee tent city. The result was a collage of movements and emotion.
The experience in itself was a perfect circle. A question with no answers. Full of laughter and tears, but no love story or plot twists. We searched for absolute truth in life, and the only undeniable answer we found was death.
Since returning, I have been working on a film based on this journey called Into the Light. It is experimental in form and best described as a meditation in un-learning. A movement in seeing without watching, hearing without listening, and the brave exploration of spirit. I look forward to sharing this film soon.



What's new in my crate box you ask? Simply an eargasmic new track from one of my favorite New York bands, The Freaky Baby Daddies. What's even sweeter than learning that they have a new project on the way is that I got the first listen and exclusive access to their new track, "Feed Your Ego." Yes my awesome friends, we get to hear it before it's official release next week!! Hit play, prepare for take off, and rock the fuck out!!
Brooklyn's genre and culture fusing quartet The Freaky Baby Daddies released the single "Feed Your Ego." The 5 and a half minute sonic journey scales the entire musical spectrum - starting off with a classic blues rock riff provided by guitarist Quazimodo Jones thats immediately accompanied by Daddy Magic's four to the floor beat. Daddy Longlegz soon joins in on bass before the band collectively explodes into a Hendrix style riff. Once the storm settles, the band quiets down as OD Dash's vocals cut through flawlessly to tell the tale of getting caught up in fame and the vices that come with the territory. "Many people end up not being able to evolve outside of the image they've created for themselves," says OD Dash. "…Celebrities must remain celebrities to the point where egos must be fed to retain a sense of purpose, which is false." The song soon abandons its classic rock format and breaks down into a reggae groove. "We all wanna rise" chants OD Dash as the band builds on the island rhythms before jumping into a Led Zeppelin-esque free for all. By the end of all the madness, the band modulates the key of the song and exits with a soft jazz outro as Dash laments "Feed your ego" in his delicate falsetto. "Feed Your Ego" will be celebrated 21 October, 2014 at New York City's Santos Party House for New Island Entertainment's Official CMJ Showcase can be streamed and downloaded for free at The Freak's Bandcamp page (

This song inspired me so much I made this GIF!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Last night was EPIC!! Studio No. 7 & Creative Nuova featured me for  the very first  'The Launch' event here in Atlanta, GA.  Some pretty awesome friends came by to enjoy an evening of great music, exquisite cuisine, and fancy drinks (full post & images of 'The Launch'  coming soon).  It was the perfect night to share what my team and myself have been working on for the past months, which is Season 2 of  'The SamOffThaRecord Experience'!!  I'm extremely excited to share the trailer for what's to come in the next month.  A completely new season full of new experiences, new places, new spaces, new faces, and new inspiration.  So my dear dreamers, believers, creators, and cool ass people, hit play!! Make sure you subscribe to the Youtube & Vimeo Channels as I will be making quite a bit of changes and additions in the next months!! There are so many amazing things in store and I cannot wait to share it with you!! Share your thoughts and LIVE-CREATE-INSPIRE!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014


ONE Musicfest happened!! It happened and it brought us some of the greatest artists in our book.On Saturday,September 13th, thousands of fans gathered to experience the performances of Bilal, Daley, Cody Chestnutt, Amel Larrieux, Isaiah Rashad, RedMan and Method Man, the beautiful Jhene Aiko, King Kendrick Lamar, and the legendary Nas!! If you weren't able to attend this Atlanta
music event don't fret! Well, be a little upset at yourself for missing out on what can only be described as an epic musical extravaganza.  We got you covered, we captured some of the most breath taking moments of the night for you.  Peep the 28 Best Photos of ONE Musicfest below!! 

Live, Create, Inspire!

          Photos by: Brent D.Gates 

Monday, September 8, 2014


Working on a master plan.  Well not really, but I am working on a whole lot of  cool ISH including Season 2 of The SamOffThaRecord Experience and more!! So please be patient with me.  I know I'm not updating as much as I wish I could, but I'll be back in a jiffy!! Meanwhile stay cool, catch up with the show, or re-watch the show -----> HERE and stay tuned for newness coming real soon & of course live-create-inspire!!

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Monday, August 11, 2014


I have recently discovered and fell in love with a band.  They are called 'The Do' and they have managed to seduce my auditory senses beyond comprehension.  Dan Levy, a french composer and producer and Olivia Merilahti, a Finnish/French musician are music magic.  I first stumbled upon a 2010 video of theirs on youtube.  I was hypnotized by the dark and tribal visual along with Merilahti's raw and sultry vocals.

Then I kept digging and found one of their newest songs, 'Miracles' (Back In Time)

The duo blew my socks off and I'm ready for more. Like what you hear? Listen for more 'The Do' HERE.