Hopefully, by the time this post goes live I'll have actually dragged my sorry ass ... er, I mean The Spin's sorry ass out of bed and written a review of last night's Raekwon show. If not, read this preview I wrote and just imagine the awesomeness. And keep your fingers crossed that it actually was awesome, 'cuz sometimes these things don't work out as planned. So ya, there may or may not be a review up of a show that may or may not have been great. I guess we'll find out.
* This week we've got a whole bunch of new hip-hop, including the above video for "Obvious" from Rio's As I See It, which dropped a while back and still bumps hard. (You can download it here.) I mean, how can you argue with a video that features the Parthenon, a party bus and ... something else, I can't really tell what. Some days my computer and Vimeo don't get along very well. Whatever, the song is dope, as is, well, pretty much everything else the dude has ever done. As The Smoking Section's John Gotty so eloquently put it, "Hell, I wouldn’t put it beyond him to be able to shit ice cream."
* Stix Izza dropped his Highway 2 Mars mixtape — which we've mentioned before — and I gotta say, I need a few more listens. And I mean that in the best possible way — there's a lot of depth in the lyricism, and Fate Eastwood's production is really lush and layered, more akin to a classic-rock record than what you'd normally expect out of a local mixtape. Also, there's a bunch of really cool guitar solos. I know you guys love guitar solos. It's a tape that demands your full attention, frankly. Get back to me in a few weeks and I'll bet you I'll have a whole dissertation ready to go on Highway 2 Mars. But in the meantime, make sure you check out "We Do What We Want" featuring Dee Goodz and Rio. [DatPiff]
* The good folks over at Break on a Cloud were kind enough to drop a new Chancellor Warhol track on us ("I'm Gone" featuring Jim Wes), and for that we say thank you. It's a bit more subdued — dare I say mature — than some of his previous work, but I think it foreshadows some serious goodness on his upcoming album The Silver Factory. Needless to say, I'm pumped for the album and extra-double-pumped to see him at Bonnaroo. (And to any of y'all that might be going, I call dibs on the mister in front of the stage.) [Break On A Cloud]
* And last, but certainly not least — at least in terms of shear magnitude — is DJ Sir Swift, who dropped his Mixtape Music 4: Cashville Edition this week. Clockin' in with 51 tracks, more than 40 artists and a grand total two-plus hours of music, Swift's is a monster and yet — as seems to be the case around here lately — doesn't really even put a dent in all the good stuff happening in the 615. There's a bunch of P&B faves like Mouchee Deeki, Star Murphy, Stix Izza, Starlito and Rio — yes, I am considering changing the name of this column to "Rio and Bullsh*t," in case you were wondering — but there's also a bunch of folks that I'm less familiar with, which is always nice. I also discovered my favorite new rap name: Shon Gotti aka TURD (emphasis all mine). [DatPiff]
* Oh, and don't forget to check out Sneakers & Speakers over at Phatkaps on Saturday. It's gonna be dope.