Back East on the homefront in the Queen City of Buffalo, NY Heavy R Records presents Fall Fest 2021 in Sladderday, November 27th, 2021 at Milkie’s on Elmwood located at 522 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222. Event time is from 10p to 1a!
Hosted by Thee Teleah Wardlaw and music by DJ Prince Hakeem, this event is definitely HIGH on the Black Friday weekend hit list!
This showcase will feature performances from Heavy R Records own Needo Stakkz, a few members of Dirty Logan, Dough Van Gogh & Don!, plus several other talented acts from The Town, such as Money Mizzzark, Kenyada Davis, Jah Jah Gabor & more!
Be sure to follow Needo Stakkz on social media for more updates & music drops!
Thick grey clouds hung in the sky as the sunset on an intimate crew gathered outside a discreet DIY venue. Westside Gunn Day was winding down to a close and it was here I had the pleasure of attending a private viewing of the long awaited and highly buzzed Griselda movie “Conflicted”.
Conflicted is a crime drama movie that occurs in some fairly present time in Buffalo, NY . I LOVED that this film was told by Black voices and captured through the lens in which they were experienced. Conflicted was directed by AK. Reed stars and was executively produced by Benny the Butcher, J Holiday, Adiyon Dashalon and Michael Rapaport- a mostly Buffalo crew y’all !
Conflicted does contain violence/ harm against Black Men and Black Women – please be advised as you read further . I will not, however divulge details as I don’t want to give spoilers!
Conflicted pays homage to a history of storytelling that is uniquely done by Black Men. In the 90s and early Millennia , many rappers crossed over into film telling their own stories on the big screen . Conflicted is giving me early Master P and Cameron film maker , Belly, Juice type of vibes .
In “Conflicted” we follow the lead character , Hunter as he re-enters society after serving five years in prison . I appreciated the choice of direction of Hunter’s first 24 hours back to Buffalo. The sequence of these scenes incited feelings of warm nostalgia in the audience that could be felt as people laughed and agreed with the characters on screen . “Conflicted” addresses topics we, Black people , in our own community experience and aren’t ready to talk about yet . There was the gun violence yes, yet they went the additional layer to how PTSD affects not only the victim and their families.
It is so important that we hold this truth about how the trauma of gun violence transforms our community when we are actively working to build a future that is a systematic alternative to the police state we are currently living in. In the film the police nor state address the emotional distress or safety concerns of the characters. The characters do not express any desire for them to do so either. In fact, they devise resolutions to situations each exposing more about their beliefs of justice. This film brought back familiar questions I’m often left toying with like:
‘How Do we define justice?’
‘How do we hold people accountable when harm happens?’
And “How are we healing ourselves?”
Silence fell on the audience at the accurate depiction of Rape Culture perpetuating itself in an all too familiar scenario. The portrayal of the events , or women in this film for that matter- depicted how society has influenced the ways in which Black men have learned to be in relation to Black women. And the desperate need for that to change.
I found myself desiring more from the women in the film, who often served as comic relief or comfort. I felt their characters came off two dimensional leaving much of their personalities to be filled by the imagination of the audience.
Buffalo culture seeped through this film so effortlessly. I enjoyed the sprinkled cameo appearances of Buffalonians throughout our the film. And yes, a hilariously accurate La Novas scene, well placed to interrupt the serious tone and showcase some of that Notorious Buffalo culture -Something that I am excited for so many Buffalonians to enjoy!
I feel deeply honored to have been able to experience a Buffalo story on screen in our hometown . And proud that Buffalo Kids are now on a platform to be seen and heard by all .
Conflicted soundtrack drops on January 8, 2021. A virtual premiere of Conflicted is set for January 15, 2021 – you can preorder now so you can get access in the virtual theater Here .
Thanks for checking in and keeping up with ya girl, Rhonda Jane. There hasn’t been an official Illicit Activities mix since 4-20-2017, if my memory serves me correctly (I’m pressed for time, so I’ll check and update later if need be lol).
Long story short, its been too long without a dope mix to jam out to with ya crew, while you workout, by ya self or just in general.
Enjoy this official Quick Sesh Mix with my homegirl Cyd on SoundCloud (30 min) and the full length, extended playlist on Spotify (1 hour 30 min). It’s called In the Clouds with Rhonda Jane Vol. 1, and it’s like 420 in July. Look at this as dropping in time for 710 next month. Some chill, some upbeat jams of all kinds.
Please support the artists, if you rock with their track – find their Spotify & IG pages & tell them ya heard them with 2 Dope Chics, Rhonda Jane & Cyd!
Also take a moment to catch up on the past installments of Illicit Activities with Kenzo & DJ Tiger HERE.
More to come soon! More dope lady mixes!
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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
“Make it Dirty, yeah baby make it dirty. Aunt Rosie’s Loganberry make it dirty.” – Dough Van Gogh on the introductory hook on “Lights On” off of the player 2-song EP, Round 2.
After getting you right with the Days of Rest EP in late September, Dirty Logan Dough ain’t taking it easy on y’all in this 4th quarter.
2 tracks. 2 bangers. Lights On and Pretty Brown. “Lights On” is upbeat, and groovy. On the track “Pretty Brown” Dough slows it down real smooth as he describes his affinity for a local Buffalo Baddie who stands out in the town.
Make sure to stream the EP on Spotify or Apple Music here: Round 2 (Spotify) | (Apple Music)