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May 12, 2023

Where the Journey Goes

By: Laurie Gallardo

In an Austin Chronicle 2022 cover story, J Soulja didn’t hesitate expressing his gratitude in an interview with Derek Udensi. For the Austin-based hip-hop artist, having struggled to make ends meet in his life, understanding the importance of lifting others around him felt like a revelation. And from helping others comes a fulfillment, an empowerment far outreaching his own success. “I done put my 10,000 hours in,” he explained to Udensi. “I don’t mind you rap better, get farther, whatever. I don’t give a f–k. I want to see you win! Let’s open these doors up, that way [people] can walk through them because there’s n—-s out here who don’t rap anywhere close to me but are surpassing things a lot more than what I may have ever been able to touch…”

The reality for J Soulja is about empowering the community at large. From media coverage to performing at festivals, to getting statewide and national attention, he continues utilizing his platform to uplift his peers in the industry. Organizing shows like the Smoke Out, representing during SXSW, preserving the African American cultural legacy as Director of Cultural and Artistic Liberation for Austin’s Six Square, all of it contributes to this goal.

J Soulja’s next show immediately follows the Get Busy Or Die Tour show going down tonight, Friday May 12, at Stubb’s on Red River. After you catch $NOT, Night Lovell, EEM Triplin, DC the Don and Micro, head on over to J Soulja’s set at Stubb’s indoor venue. Doors at 10:30 p.m.

-Special thanks to Fresh Knight for his assistance with today’s AMM.


October 30, 2023


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October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.