I think we can all agree that the Murfreesboro rock scene has been rather, er, quiet lately, but did you know that Bucket City hip-hop is gettin' real hot? It's not like the Boogie Down Bronx or nuthin' but there is a pretty sick clique trying to make things pop off. Most of the action revolves around WMTS' Blazin In the Boro radio show which, believe it or not, has been running for over a decade. BITB has birthed The Streetlight Allstars--a top notch party-rap crew--and their new mix Dope Shit Vol. 3 is hot like fire.
Streetlight Allstars' might be hip-hop's answer to Glossary--a band that sounds exactly like Murfreesboro, but in the best possible sense. The sound of being broke and not giving a fuck because you can always count on good parties and cheap rent--you know, the good stuff. "Free Drinks" has a classic Juice Crew vibe as MCs Don Camoflage, Nyrron and Trama T are takin' it sleazy chanting "Fuck buyin' at the bar, cuz we're drinkin' for free" which might be the official hook for Summer '09. (Sorry, Drew!) "Sweet Home Grown Chiba" is really, really guilty pleasure with its ducks-in-a-barrel Skynyrd sample, but they do manage to capture some of the more, uh, magical details of the topic matter. Plus Big Fella's on "Chiba" and you can't deny Big Fella--that dude rules. "Trickins Still Trickin," and "Big Drama" belie the Allstars' Southern roots while tracks like "She Kicks It" and "The Antidote" make sure we know they own backpacks. Overall, a tight tape that benefits from a bigger cast of producers and MCs and a solid soundtrack for Cruel Summer '09.
You can download Dope Shit Vol. 3 and last summer's Flowers and Jello Shots at 4shared and catch them live at Club 527 in Murfreesboro tonight.