As we stepped into the B Loft venue, we were ushered in by flashing lights: red, yellow, green, blue, purple, and then red again. The brilliant mural on the wall vividly hinted at all of those hazy, colorful feelings Atlanta's Grammy-winning production team, Organized Noize Productions, has supplied us with over the years. The crowd was mixed; full of networkers, people wanting to be seen or just desiring to be a part of Hip-Hop, in general. For the hip-hop seekers, some weren't quite sure what all the commotion was about, but they knew this was a place to be.
There were various events in the Atlanta area competing for our Thursday night patronage. But if you were out and about on this particular evening, more than likely, you found yourself at ONP's free listening party. Yes... free.
The room filled with people and swelled with chatter. Distant laughs and passionate one-on-one talks were the themes of the night. Mostly men showed up, at first. As the night moved along, the women were definitely in attendance and representing. Thinking back to the Outkast At Last concert, as well as the Art of Noize art exhibit last year, it's hard to deny that there's always a sense of southern pride and joy that comes along with any event associated with ONP.
As the DJ masterfully strung together Organized Noize after Organized Noize and Dungeon Family records, the walls bounced pure nostalgia all over the room. The event's complimentary Martell cocktails flowed and that definitely helped curve the mood. The limited seating forced guests to walk laps around a centralized merchandise booth while bobbing and nodding their heads to the booming bass and southern grooves. It was one of those nights where it was only right for one to bump into Atlanta's legendary rapper Kilo Ali, or even have the opportunity to chop it up for a minute with BlackOwned C Bone and Big Boi! All the more reasons to love Atlanta and the south. While we reminisced and jammed to our past favorites all night, ONP proved that they still make the type of music that's destined to be our favorites once again.
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Bri Simpson is the Creative Director at AB+L Radio. You can see more of her work at brisimpsonart.com and follow her on IG @bri.simpson
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