Keeping it real
As a longtime Scene
reader, I have to commend you on “keeping it real” and noticing things that people around Music City may not know about or refuse to acknowledge. I have been impressed by some of your past cover stories, i.e. Young Buck and his success, and other articles acknowledging the underappreciated Nashville rap/hip-hop scene. The trend continued with “Cashville Underground” (Sept. 22), which was very much real, absolutely necessary and hopefully groundbreaking.
Many of the things that were pointed out or quoted have needed to be talked about publicly for a while, like the lack of radio support and unity. Hopefully, now that the underground scene and the problems within it have been spotlighted, more things can happen to get it to the level of Memphis and other major cities.
Thank you to the Nashville Scene
and its writers for proving that Nashville is more than just “Country Music, U.S.A.” It is truly the MUSIC CITY. I know there will be more articles about this and look forward to them...especially one about how the hip-hop/rap scene has improved, and the positive effect that “Cashville Underground” had.
LaDaveon M. Burford
Show the love
I was impressed with “Cashville Underground” (Sept. 22) for its accurate, in-depth look into Nashville’s hip-hop scene. There are very few publications that are even aware of this thriving underground rap scene and even fewer who have the balls to write about it. Sure, the mainstream media has plenty to say on Young Buck, but rarely do they mention the soulful production of Crisis, the dedication and determination of Pistol or the heartfelt social commentary of Cadence. It’s about time someone showed love to the musicians who have been showing love to Nashville for so long.
Props from a Cashville rapper
I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know I really appreciate what you’re doing for the underground rap scene here in Nashville. It’s about time somebody gave us a little bit of recognition. I also realize that you probably caught a lot of flack about who you did and did not mention in your article. I just wanted to tell you don’t worry about that. That’s hatred—really those people are emailing you either to let you know they exist or because they are mad at who was noticed. I was not interviewed but I was mentioned, and I really appreciate what the entire article did for the city as a whole. You could not have picked three people who deserved the cover more than that. Good work...and keep working with us. ’Preciate it. And check out my disc The Halfway House
, in stores now.
In defense of Rich Roberts
I read with disgust “Belle Meade Beating” by John Spragens (Sept. 22), and couldn’t help but wonder if there would have been a story at all if Rich Roberts wasn’t the successful businessperson he is today. I know Rich Roberts personally and can tell you that there are facts about this story not yet known that will help people who don’t know Rich make sense of what took place on that night.
I worked for Rich for several years and learned many things from him that have helped me to enjoy success in my own career. I learned that if you treat people with respect and dignity, the same will be returned to you. I learned that if you work hard that your efforts will be recognized and rewarded. I learned if you have extra you give to those who need it. All these things I learned from the man you claim acted out a “crime of passion.” I say you got a guy who stuck his nose into other people’s business and got himself into a bad situation as a result. What actually happened will be decided by a judge and/or jury. Until then, a word of advice to those who fancy themselves to be policemen without a badge: if you have concerns about issues such as speeding in your communities or neighborhoods, take it to your city officials and use your passion to encourage change. Do not assume that confronting your fellow citizens in an aggressive manner will garner the results you desire. Mr. Loving can tell you that doesn’t work.
Write about the real criminals, not the people who have worked very hard to become successful only to find themselves the subject of a tabloid-worthy column. And Rich, if you’re reading this because the Nashville Scene was bold enough to print it, I am praying for you and your family.
No overlay in Sylvan Park
I would like to thank you for seeing the use of conservation overlay in West Nashville (“Get Off My Porch,” Sept. 15) for what it really is—a tool for those who wish to control their neighbors’ property rights. I am leading a group (Sylvan Park Neighbors) opposed to the overlay. The proponents contend that there are historic homes being torn down every day by uncaring developers, but they are wrong, and they know it. They mailed out a flyer with two recently demolished early-1900s houses on Utah as their shining examples. The slightest research revealed that the owners had tried diligently to save these structurally damaged homes for several months before it became clear that it wasn’t possible to reverse decades of neglect.
If so many historic homes are being torn down for no reason, why the need for misinformation? This illustrated to us that their motives were disingenuous. They don’t care about the homes being torn down, but instead about controlling what’s going up in their place. Freedom often presents us with things we don’t like, but that is freedom’s price. We don’t want to be punished because someone built a big house that a few people don’t like.
The reason for the discourse at the recent Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association meetings is that the officers are forcing their personal pro-overlay agenda on the neighbors, rather than allowing for a fair and equitable exchange of ideas. It is a further hindrance that our pro-overlay councilman, John Summers, is on the steering committee, which we feel is a conflict of interest. The way it stands now, the district councilman alone can introduce legislation, without any input from the community. Yes they will do surveys, but we have seen firsthand how the surveys can be biased and misleading. It is time for Metro Council to rethink this process, and let the community have a vote on something as important as this kind of zoning overlay.
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