… and at one moment, the whole world stopped. Some might say it was progressive, or that we knew it was coming, but not me. For me, it just stopped. This grinding halt gave us no time to get our footing, and even less time to prepare. There was no time to stock our cupboards and refrigerators, to arrange childcare, to set up a fleet of homeschooling teachers, or even to have enough money in the bank. It just stopped. I mean, what are our plans in the grand scope of life itself?
So, what more is there to do in this moment, but lean into this dramatic pause, into our worries, our fears, our questions, our feelings, and our anxieties. And then, lean into one another. Yea. Take a deep breath here. How, during this time, can we find solace in each other and resist the urge to retreat? Look. Retreating ain’t gon save us. Retreating won’t keep us safe. We: you, me, our communities will.
In this time, we call on each other for peace, for a zoom chat, a cup of rice, and for that beloved, deeply valued roll of toilet paper. We call one another for a moment to cry when the children have gone to bed, or for help with teaching that damn schooling at home packet teachers frantically copied and sent home. We lean on the friends and family members we wish we had more time to speak to when we were so on the go. We check in on their wellbeing and offer love. We breathe with them.
We call on our bloodlines; our many, many lifetimes of Ancestors who experienced various epidemics and crises and survived. We are proof of their survival. We call on the Earth which has known many rotations of survival over billions and billions of years. We are proof if it’s survival. We touch the grass, we feel the wind, we hear the birds. All proof of what it means to survive. We also honor the spring equinox. It is proof that seasons change, and they will this time too.
In this time, you owe us nothing but your survival – not a completed school assignment, not a checked off task list, not a spring-cleaned home… survival. And for all of you essential workers, we say thank you. For every member of our community who is battling with this virus, we offer healing energy. We extend our love, and our positive vibes to you all and your families.
Not one of us is alone. We have each other. We keep us safe. We are the mutual aid.
Today we caught wind that there will be a holy hoe-down with the Good Reverend Black Jesus. Wednesday Worship is going down today at 12pm PST on Instagram live with Slink Johnson of the hit TV show Black Jesus on Adult Swim.
If you’re not familiar with Slink Johnson or Black Jesus- let me get you familiar with. 5 Flagrant Facts about Slink Johnson
1. Slink did the voice of Lamar Davis in Grand Theft Auto 5 in 2013!
2. Slink also had a guest role on the hit show the Boondocks in 2010.
3. Slink Johnson worked alongside both the late great comedy legends Charlie Murphy (2017) and John Witherspoon (2019) for a long time until their untimely deaths on the Black Jesus show.
4. The Black Jesus show is executively produced by Aaron McGrudger of the Boondocks series.
5. Slink Johnson really pulled up on Rhonda Jane in LA one day to deliver some Smoke Yours Crew tees. Real AF. We still due for a sesh Slink! Smoke yours!!!
According to Slink Johnson himself he said “What the world needs now is Wednesday Worship with BLACK JESUS! Talk to Him on IG Live! TODAY at 12pm PST/ 3pm EST! Need advice or prayer? DM prayer requests or call in 213.478.4471 and talk to your Lord and Savior! Accepting tithes and offerings at $slinkjohnson and a portion of the proceeds will go to charity!
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Back in September of 2019, my brother Derrick Brown, known to most by his nickname & rap moniker name of Dough Van Gogh, releaseda dope 4-track EP entitled Days of Rest.
This past January he released a visual single off the project, called “Pellegrino”, shot and directed by Cut-N-Shoot.
If you are a Buffalo native, you definitely may have stopped by, or at the very least, heard about the fly ass functions and parties my Dirty Logan potnas would curate solo, or in conjunction with our Juug Talk family. From Fun with Friends to Tacos & Tequila, The Brown Water BBQ, Holiday toy drives & more you’ve been influenced by this Dirty Logan wave in some way, shape or form. There’s actually a dope event coming up for Cinco de Mayo in conjunction with Juug Tall and Hip Hop Karaoke you need to definitely check out.
Today I want to officially introduce the world to the front man of Dirty Logan Entertainment, my boy, Dough Van Gogh.
Born, Derrick Brown, in the heart of Buffalo’s East Side, hip hop artist Dough Van Gogh didn’t exactly always start out rapping. Heavily influenced by player shit, money, cars, women, clothes, jewelry, eating & living good, not to mention the everyday gutter surroundings in Buffalo, the then-producer changed his style up and the rest was history.
BuffaLowe: The year was “fill in the blank” ________ when young Dough decided to pick up a mic and rap?
Dough Van Gogh: Around the end of 2010, I decided shooting videos & producing beats weren’t really for me.
It was at this moment that he decided to switch his music focus and dedicate more time to his craft and artistry as a rapper.
Dough went on to record his first nlmixtape, OJ Simpson and released it in November 2011, the same day OJ The Juice ran for 273 yards on Thanksgiving 1976 for the Buffalo Bills. With some help from Mackenzie Harris (Kenzo) and myself, Rhonda Lowe (BuffaLowe) of Flagrant City and Thomas Agnew of Jenesis Magazine, the OJ Simpson mixtape was able to get chopped and screwed by none other than Houston, Texas Chopstars DJ Slim K in April 2012.
BuffaLowe: For as long as I’ve known you, you’ve always been Dough to me. When you started rapping your name evolved from FernanDOUGH, to Fernandough The Poet, and then finally what it is today, Dough Van Gogh- what was the significance behind the most recent change and the new identity?
Dough Van Gogh: I chose to switch names because I wanted a fresh start. Something fresh, I felt Dough Van Gogh was me, vivid with painting portraits on tracks. The narrative of Vincent Van Gogh holds similarities to my own, he wasn’t appreciated till later on in his life, really damn near after his demise. I feel like I’m doing shit people aren’t too familiar with yet but they will & they’ll be like damn you been doing your thing for real all this time.
BuffaLowe: Tell me what Dirty Logan is in your own words for those who may not know you personally or the affiliates of DL?
Dough Van Gogh: Dirty Logan is a family & a representation of love for where you’re from. Hometown pride. Showing we have a culture out here in Buffalo too. There’s so many elements to us.
The very first Dirty Logan hosted Fun With Friends event was at Think-A-Lot Studios in May 2015 and featured other local hip hop acts such as Billie Essco, Dr. Woo, Truey V and WZA. The Fun With Friends Bonfire kicked off the next month in June 2015, Tacos With Friends in August 2015. Then Dough performed in Pittsburgh, PA at Boom Concepts in conjunction with Jenesis Magazine for the August Agenda in late August 2015. The Fun With Friends event series now had some traction. To this day you can turn up at a dope Dirty Logan function in Buffalo. They just did a kick back mixer event with Juug Talk for Mardi Gras.
BuffaLowe: What single, feature or project means the most to you right now and why? Which one speaks most to where you are right now?
Dough Van Gogh: I would say Days of Rest, definitely. I’m just talking my shit about my day to day ups & downs. Shit me & the homies going through, being genuine. Loving the shit we’re up to & striving for more.
BuffaLowe: How would you say your style has evolved since you first started doing music? Flow, beat selection, method of recording?
Dough Van Gogh: I’d say that I’m more open to telling my story & things I’m doing. Not worried about feedback & others opinions, just doing what feels & sounds right to me. My ear is sharper I know what fits & what doesn’t, wasting less time on shit thats forced. Real comfortable. On my player shit.
BuffaLowe: Who or what influences your craft? What motivates Dough Van Gogh?
Dough Van Gogh: I’m honestly influenced by player shit, money, cars, women, clothes, jewelry, eating & living good, the homies, my surroundings etc.
BuffaLowe: How was 2019 creatively & musically for you? Any personal or professional accolades and accomplishments, that you would like to mention, feel free to talk yo shit one time. What did you release (events, performances, merch, singles, videos, EPs, albums) and what can we expect the rest of this year?
Dough Van Gogh: 2019 was real good. Eye opening. I’ve seen what being consistent & moving around can get you & the positions you can find yourself in. Dropping projects after projects I’ve seen the support step up so that’s definitely in my formula for this year just more & more, music & videos. Merchandise too, the creative eye enhanced, people feeling damn near everything, so I’m stepping up there too. The gang just out to bring a new energy & experience from Buffalo, that cool player shit. It’s around but it needs more of light shined on it. Trust it’s more niggas out on that type of time & the ladies feeling it- opposed to everyone forcing shit they aint.
BuffaLowe: Damn right Dough, damn right. Make sure you follow Dough Van Gogh on Spotify, Twitter, Instagram, Apple Music! He released the Pellegrino video single this year, the solo projects Round 2 EP, Days of Rest dropped towards the end of 2019, along with a few collaboration projects, one with Don! called Situations and a group project with Don! And Needo Stakkz entitled Player Shit Vol. 1.
New visuals from Dirty Logan playa Dough Van Gogh off the Days of Rest EP entitled “Pellegrino” shot, edited and directed in the Queen City by Cut N Shoot. Check it out. The video features a few cool & casual cameos from some of the Dirty Logan gang, Don!, Needo Stakkz, Kenzo, Bones, Tone and a few affiliates as well. Shout out to Juug Talk!
Make sure you’re following them on social media: @doughvangogh @geist_mode @taylorport_papi @needoscagletti @uoenobones @dirtylogan716
BuffaLowe Baddie Bae Redd Roxx from 93.7 WBLK will be in Atlanta, GA on March 5th to network with Atlanta’s hottest, dopest and most talented artists!
Mark your calendars for this date which is a Thursday and follow her on social media using the following handle: @radioreddroxx on IG and Twitter!
Contact: email@example.com today to be featured on a video interview with Redd Roxx, have your music sent to over 30,000 music professionals via the Secret Society DJs Network, along with social media promotion as well on Thursday, March 5th, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia!