Soul Food Cypher is hosting a special cypher entitled "Footprints" during the first annual #AMFMSummerFest at @thebakeryatlanta. "Footprints" is a celebration of Atlanta’s Hip Hop Legacy on the #AtlantaBeltline. Through Beats and Rhyme, we will activate the Loading Dock at The Bakery for an inclusive experience that simultaneously pays homage to our city's artistic luminaries, showcase the voices of the community, and propels stars of tomorrow.
We are excited to announce we will be hosting a special Black History cypher event during the Roswell Roots Festival NEXT THURSDAY, Feb. 15 from 7pm - 9:30pm at the Red Door Playhouse in Roswell, Ga. On the tables, we have very special guest DJ Jaycee of The Aphilliates and Eargasms. The event is expected to sell out quickly, make sure to reserve your tickets today!
Location: Red Door Play House, 587 Atlanta St, Roswell, GA 30075
$5 COVER // ALL AGES
7 PM until 9:30 PM
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On March 13th, 2016 Soul Food Cypher held it’s first ‘Politics as Usual' Pop-Up Cypher at Stoney’s Barbershop in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. This unprecedented cypher brought local lyricists and elected officals together to discuss the issues in their community. Major shoutout to Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner, Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall, and Fourth Ward rapper Pill who served as panelists for the event. From their barber chairs they dropped gems of knowledge about the importance of civic engagement, community activism, and voting.
This special pop-up cypher was made possible by support fromArtPlaceAmerica. Another Special Shout out to Stoneys barber shop , The Space Shop Self Storage - Atlanta, Georgia, Old Fourth Ward Business Association, Noni's Bar & Grill , and Harold's Chicken N IceBar for providing the space and food at the event. We thank our partners at the Feminist Women's Health Center - Atlanta, and Georgia STAND-UP for helping with on the spot voter registration. Much love goes to our volunteers and supporters for helping producing an unforgettable experience! See you all at the next Politics Usual... coming soon. #SFCO4W#OldFourthWard
Cinematography and Edit: Armaan Uplekar
It's going down next Thursday! Soul Food Cypher will hit the stage In celebration of The Center for Civil and Human Rights 2nd Birthday Celebration. This year’s birthday celebration, entitled "Get Centered" is all about inspiring visitors to learn more about the struggles for human rights at home and around the world with a sense of hope, commitment and action.
Our friends at A3C has programmed a special evening that will kick off with a panel discussion moderated by Rohit Malhotra of the Center for Civic Innovation.
Stic (of Dead Prez)
Speech (of Arrested Development)
David Wall Rice (of Morehouse College)
And if that wasn't enough, Legendary Atlanta DJs; DJ Jelly, DJ Nabs and Jaycee will be behind the wheels and in full effect.
This is one you definitely don't want to miss... One for the history books.
For tickets, please visit http://www.civilandhumanrights.org/ today.
This past December, Soul Food Cypher partnered with the Sweet Auburn Curb Market to bring raw lyricism to the Historical Municipal Market in Old Fourth Ward. The market is affectionately known as a place where the “past and future meet”. When it opened its door’s in 1924, blacks were not permitted to shop inside of the market, but were instead relegated to vend outside along the curb. Transforming that segregated time in the market’s history, it is today affectionately called the Sweet Auburn Curb Market- a name that was adopted in the 1990s. Today the market is a place where both black & white, young & old, congregate to eat and shop. In celebration of this rich history and long journey, Soul Food Cypher sparked a cypher exploring some themes throughout the market’s history.
This special pop-up cypher was made possible by support from Artplace America. Another Special Shout out to Yelp for providing giveaways and helping promote local businesses during the cypher. We thank all of our partners and supporters for producing an unforgettable ride and experience!
After the Christmas wrap came the Christmas Raps. December’s edition of Soul Food Cypher brought together gifted lyricist young and old from near and far to end the year off right. With Dj Pako the Panik serving nothing but raw beats throughout the night, lyricist brought a new spin on holiday cheer and spirit.
Stay tuned for our next cypher, January 24th and get ready for more bars, punchlines, and the best lyricism in Atlanta!
Photo Credit: Lennox Reid
On December 13, 2015 SFC brought the cypher and Freestyle lyricism to the historical Sweet Auburn Curb Market. In addition to the lyrical food for soul cooked up by emcees, curb market vendors provided literal Soul Food for this special Pop-Up Cypher! Many thanks to Miss D's Pralines, Sweet Auburn Bakery, Country Produce, and Tilapia Express.
Super special shout out to ArtPlace America, Space Shop, Yelp, and the Sweet Auburn Curb Market for setting this special pop-up cypher off!
For more photos from the event,
Photos by: Blair Brockington
November’s edition of Soul Food Cypher at Wonderroot was a one of a kind cypher. In addition to bringing the beats and bars everyone expects at the cypher, we also presented our annual Awards. Special S/O goes out to all the award winners this year: SeanG (Cypher Master), Amauri the Great (The Juice), Sibila (Most Innovative Flow), Luke Legacy (Writing Assignment Master), Stasko (Word Play Master), and Joy (Most Improved Emcee).
RSVP today for our next cypher, December 27th and get ready for more bars, punchlines, and the best lyricism in Atlanta!
Photo Credit: Blair Brockington
On Thursday October 8th and Saturday October 10th, Soul Food Cypher partnered with the City of Atlanta and A3C Music Festival to bring special pop-up cyphers to the Atlanta Streetcar. These cyphers served as physical and lyrical tours of the Old Fourth Ward. Emcees took turns with a specially designed WordPlay deck that featured historical figures and locations within Old Fourth Ward. During the '2x2' segment of the program, we paired emcees together for a back and forth dialogue about where each emcee was from. This special pop-up cypher was made possible by support from Artplace America. Another Special S/O to Yelp for providing giveaways and helping promote local businesses during the cypher. We thank all of our partners and supporters for producing an unforgettable ride and experience!
Click here for a clip from Saturday's Pop-Up Cypher.
Photo Credit: Anthony Gary
Brace yourselves, winter is coming but no worry, SFC is still bringing the Heat on 4th Sundays at WonderRoot! Our DJ, representing Zone 6, AlphaTrion, brought an amazing blend of industry beats and some 80s classics! Also, a big shoutout to our featured producer, Maximus, who provided an excellent vibes to the Cypher. Our host and SFC member, Sibila showed us again why he is known as the Vanilla Gorilla. The Cypher was once again honored to have Rickey Smiley's own Headkrack swoop in and show love for SFC and spit some ridiculous freestyles!
A huge THANK YOU to the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia for sending guest speaker Tiereny Bell to speak about the ins and out of this disease. It can only be inherited if both parents carry the trait and their child has a 1 in 4 chance off being born with Sickle-Cell. Raising awareness is so important for our community and spreading this type of knowledge is driven in SFC's mission. We will partner again, at the next cypher to provide free trait testing.
Our next Cypher is happening the week before Halloween so get ready to be terrified and horrified by these BARS! RSVP today for October 25th at WonderRoot Community Center.
Soul Food Cypher dropped into the Decatur Book Festival for another high-octane performance for the third year straight. SFC veterans Luke Legacy & SeanG brought pure energy to the festivities and showcased the art of lyricism to families and youth in the audience. Members of the crowd, including emcee prodigy Amauri the Great and Patrick aka Star Bar hopped in to make it a truly unforgettable experience.
For more photos from this performance, click here.
Photo Credit: Anthony Gary
It looks like Summer is continuing to bring that heat to Soul Food Cypher! Once again, even more ATL emcees came out to spit and show off real lyricism. This month’s new segment was a HUGE success! We brought out Posse Cuts to close out the Cypher and it brought one of the best climaxes we’ve seen all year. Three to five Emcees teamed up to spit their best and last bars of the night over famous group tracks like Native Tounge's "Scenario" and Odd Future's "Oldie" . To top everything off, we had a surprise visit from Headkrack and Da Brat of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Headkrack destroyed the WordPlay segment, reminding the audience that he is indeed a Freestyle Champion. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP today for our next Cypher, September 27.
For more photos from August's cypher, click here.
Photo Credit: Keenan Doanes
Man, oh man, this month’s Cypher was one for the record books! By 6:20pm we had the biggest circle of Emcees so far this year. Keeping the beat and energy at peak, DJ Frost rocked the house with his smooth blend of instrumentals. Also adding to this month’s soundscape, producer LV the Aura dropped some new hotness for our Wordplay segment. We also unveiled a brand new segment, Running Numbers. Lastly, we announced next month’s writing assignment: In recognition of Labor Day, write 16 bars and a hook on what you do for work or how you get work. RSVP today for our next cypher August 23rd and get ready for more bars, punchlines, and the best lyricism in Atlanta!
For more photos from July's cypher, click here.
Photo Credit: Tanisha Hampden
We are honored to announce that Soul Food Cypher is among 38 recipients of ArtPlace America’s 2015 National Grants Program. ArtPlace, one of the nation’s largest philanthropies dedicated to creative placemaking, is investing in historic Old Fourth Ward to further integrate arts and culture into the field of community planning and development. Soul Food Cypher through the use of hip hop and the craft of freestyle lyricism will launch cultural events that create a place for positive social interactions, using the arts and shared neighborhood spaces as a cultural bridge. ArtPlace selected Soul Food Cypher from a pool of nearly 1,300 applicants.
With the rapidly changing demographics of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward – historically an African American community – new relationships are forming, identities being developed and the resilience of the community is being tested. Soul Food Cypher will spark social interactions, using the arts and shared neighborhood spaces as a cultural bridge with a series of pop-up cypher events in Old Fourth Ward.
We would like to thank all of our partners, members, volunteers, and our beloved city of Atlanta for your support over the past three years. We're looking forward to the amazing experiences we'll share together as the cypher reaches new communities. Thank you.
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Just when we thought the summer couldn’t get any hotter… SFC members, regulars, and new emcees brought more heat to the June edition of Soul Food Cypher. Coming straight out of Belize, Selecta Shizzle laid down the vibes for the evening while Dj Pocket sprinkled some additional flavor during our producer showcase. In honor of Father’s day, we took a break from our regular programming to invite film director William Feagins, Jr. to discuss his recent documentary “Divided Time” which explores fatherhood in Hip Hop. A powerful conversation ensued between the director and audience where the power of rap music was discussed and the ways it can be used to reverse misconceptions and solidify expectations. Without a doubt, this cypher brought some of the best bars we’ve heard yet and you don’t want to miss July’s edition. RSVP today for our next cypher July 26 at Wonderroot.
For more photos from June's cypher, click here.
Photo Credit: Tanisha Hampden
On June 10, Soul Food Cypher was invited to Coca-Cola Headquarters in Atlanta, GA to perform at the official launch party for Sprite's "Obey your Verse" Lyrical Can Collection. This collection is a limited edition series featuring iconic lyrics from Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Drake and Rakim. SFC emcees JR, SeanG, Bright Son, Luke Legacy, and Sibila gave performances that truly showcased freestyle lyricism at it's finest.
For more images from the performance, click here.
Photo Credit: Deniece Griffin