Art of Cool MZTTYL Edition: First Year Vibes at AOC

Written By: Tynique Kelly of  YouTube Channel MZTTYL

Photo Credit: Kit Marlowe of We Personally

Not only was it my first time experiencing the annual Art of Cool Fest, but it was also my first time walking the streets of Downtown Durham. Durham was full of everyday people from all backgrounds there were dreamers, artists, and entrepreneurs. I felt drawn into a huge celebration of alternative soul and jazz music.

I had a chance to ask artist RC and The Gritz, “What keeps you grounded?”. He shared a little about his foundation, which was God, and how his father is a pastor so that is what he holds on to. I felt inspired by his words because I've witnessed fame take so many away from their foundation in God to the point they’re embarrassed to admit it when interviewed. I enjoyed meeting and talking to Ari Lennox, who signed with J. Cole's Dreamville Records. Her personality is extremely dope.  

  On Day 3 I was press for    The Lux Blog   . I sat in a press room with writers, reporters, and photographers from all over the nation.

On Day 3 I was press for The Lux Blog. I sat in a press room with writers, reporters, and photographers from all over the nation.

The sun went down and it was time for the main event! I was so excited to see Common's performance. His performance was empowering and playful with a hint of “OMG he so fine” which kept the women on the edge of their seats most of the night.This was my first time experiencing the mystic Art of Cool Festival and it most definitely will not be my last. 

Check out these exclusive photos captured during Art of Cool Festival Weekend!

  Legendary Funkmaster George Clinton brings the funk to Durham!

Legendary Funkmaster George Clinton brings the funk to Durham!

  Hip Hop Artist & Entrepreneur Joshua Gunn brings passion to the Durham Armory stage. 

Hip Hop Artist & Entrepreneur Joshua Gunn brings passion to the Durham Armory stage. 

  Hip Hop Legend Lyricist Rakim rocks the mic at the Durham Armory! 

Hip Hop Legend Lyricist Rakim rocks the mic at the Durham Armory! 

  Hip Hop Artist Shame is spotted in Downtown Durham near the Beats & Bars Festival Party!

Hip Hop Artist Shame is spotted in Downtown Durham near the Beats & Bars Festival Party!

  Jazz Composer and Musician Dr. Lonnie Smith performs at the Carolina Theatre.

Jazz Composer and Musician Dr. Lonnie Smith performs at the Carolina Theatre.