These days it seems like everyone is flooding here to grab a piece of Nashville they can a) claim as their own or b) showcase to the rest of the world. But there’s a lot of the city that will never find its way onto ABC’s Nashville, TNT’s Private Lives of Nashville Wives, A&E’s Crazy Hearts: Nashville, MTV’s proposed Kids of Nashville, or any other TV show of the like.
Southern Word, a spoken word organization based in Nashville, recently teamed up with the Tennessee College Access and Success Network, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, and the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority to create a truly one-of-a-kind video that showcases some of our city’s least heard stories. The video is entitled “The Nashville You Haven’t Seen on Nashville,” and it highlights the delicate relationship between a city, its mass transit system, and the residents that depend on it.
Casting Nashville’s MTA in a different light, “The Nashville You Haven’t Seen on Nashville” does a good job of encapsulating all the various walks of life that rely on mass transit, while managing to raise deeper questions about some of our city’s most basic infrastructure. The video features various notable spoken word artists and rappers from throughout Middle Tennessee, including Malcolm DeWayne, Rashad Tha Poet and Raziya.
Take the time to check out this brilliantly shot tribute to our fair city, whether or not you’ve ever stepped on a MTA bus or know anyone in the video personally. Because if you do, you’ll see great hope in these stories — and perhaps even a little bit of yourself.