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Braggings Writes 10/5/11: J. Cole, Eddie Murphy, Twitter Parodies and More


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At the moment, I’m getting ready for my first flight in more than a decade – I’ll be hopping a plane to Atlanta, Ga. to attend the A3C Hip Hop Festival. I’m so excited: I get to see industry friends that I never get to link with throughout the year, I get to see my best friend/artist JYoung The General perform on the biggest stage of his career, and I’m finally setting foot in ATL for the first time. I’m a bit nervous, but I’ve got my essentials: prayers, family/friend support, my Blackberry, my laptop, my new Herschel Supply Co. Journey bag, three Moleskine notebooks, and my age-old Sony digital camera. I’ll be fine.

Before I leave, I wanted to give you guys links to some of my latest articles. Hope you enjoy them!

Album Review: J. Cole, Cole World: Sideline Story
HipHopDX readers tried to crucify me for my critique of Roc Nation signee J. Cole’s debut album, but many critics who I’ve respected for years have told me I was on point. So far, over 1,000 people have left a comment to speak their mind. Let me know what you think!

Album Review: Phonte, Charity Starts At Home
I feel as if I’ve grown a relationship with Phonte Coleman: I’ve reviewed his last two Foreign Exchange records, and this month I reviewed his solo debut, Charity Starts At Home. I thought the album was incredible, so click above to see why!

Producer’s Corner: Organized Noize
This was a treat. I got to interview Organized Noize – the legendary Atlanta production group behind classics from Outkast and Goodie Mob –  for my HipHopDX column Producer’s Corner.

Decoded: Eddie Murphy
In a new piece for Black Enterprise,  I researched information Eddie Murphy to take listeners on a journey through his multifaceted career before he hosts the Oscar Awards this year. Shout out to Anslem for the continued opportunities to expand outside of my usual recipe of hip-hop and music.

The 30 Funniest Twitter Parody Accounts
In another fun list for COMPLEX,  I assembled the funniest Twitter parody accounts. While I realize I missed one or two, I still think this came out pretty well. How was my ranking job? Which accounts do you think I missed? Let me know!

I don’t have it scanned yet, but I also have an interview with Common in the new issue of XXL with Rick Ross and Maybach Music Group on the cover. It’s always enjoyable to get print clips, so be sure to tell me if you see that article.

Thanks again for all of your support, it’s always appreciated. There are even bigger things on the way, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. Pray for my travels and discipline in Atlanta, and speak to you soon!