Yep, Big K.R.I.T. at the Mercy Lounge — I heard it was amazing. And I missed it by mere moments. I had it on reliable information that K.R.I.T. was going on at 12:30, but by that time, the capacity crowd was already leaving! (And quite contentedly, I should note. It was like every smile was made just to mock my tardiness.) Ya, in a shocking turn of events, the Big K.R.I.T. show actually started on time and ended early, which in my mind — when you add in the sweet local undercard, the packed house, the lack of drama and the fact that K.R.I.T. rules something hard — makes for a perfect hip-hop show. Of course I missed the perfect hip-hop show; that's my brand of luck. I did, however, get to meet him after the show, and he was one of the nicest dudes I've met in a long-ass time, which made missing the show all the more painful. You can catch all sort s of wrap-up content over at Break on a Cloud and The Smoking Section. I've been torturing myself with it all week.
* Speaking of Mercy Lounge, Big Fella and Rio are hosting the 8 off 8th on July 11. and the lineup is pretty damn dope. Besides Sam & Tre and Dee Goodz (who by now I'm sure you've caught live), there's also a whole slew of rappers on the come-up, including Young Rell, Matic Lee, BC, Gab, Black Catfish and Sebastian Garcia. Plus, Kidsmeal will be holding it down on the ones and twos, so you know that shit is in good hands. If you haven't seen how the locals are throwing down these days, this is the perfect opportunity. And if everything goes right, maybe, just maybe, we can talk everybody into collabing on an epic cover of "The Symphony". A dude can dream, right?
* And speaking of 8 off 8th, here's the debut video from Sebastian Garcia. It's cover/remix of Yeezy's "All of the Lights" and quite possibly the first thing in the History of Ever to make downtown Murfreesboro look glamorous — quite the accomplishment, frankly. And then when you consider that the video has racked up 4,200 view in under a week, well, you know you've got yourself an artist on the rise. [LIV]
* I know what you're thinking right now: "Why the hell is Fat Trel on P&B? He ain't from Nashville, he's from DC!" Which, ya know, is true. But A) Fat Trel kills it on this track, and B) it features a cameo from local behind-the-scenes hustler extraordinaire Al Lozano, who from here on out shall be referred to as "Cameo Al" Lozano. If you see him, tell him I said "word up"! (Yes, I will take any excuse to make a Cameo joke. Shake your pants and whatnot.) [Fat Trel]
* Mixtapes. You guys love mixtapes, right? Everybody loves mixtapes! I had to do all sorts of bullshit journalism stuff this week, so I haven't had as much time to goof off and listen to tapes the way I usually do, but I've got a couple for you. Nash Sparkz dropped Nashville Soundz, and while it's a bit lo-fi and rough around the edges, it's pretty endearing in a backpack sorta way, and there's some nice production from The F.A.N.S. and Chozen. I'm interested to see where this kid takes things. [DatPiff]
* On the other end of the spectrum, DJ Wheezey hosts Vet's new tape I'm On It, which is packed full of hi-fi bangers built for big sound systems, and it has a lot more going on it lyrically and conceptually than you expect from ... well, hi-fi bangers. I mean, it's club-ready, but it's not vapid — I like that. I'm gonna say that this tape is my happy surprise for the week. Seriously dope. Fuck journalism, I'd rather just listen to tapes. [DatPiff]
* Openmic dropped a new single on the first day of summer, aptly titled "First Day of Summer." I'm sure that I don't have to tell you how dope it is. Oh, I do? Well in that case: IT'S SUPER FUCKING DOPE. Another seriously soulful notch on Mic's belt, and a track that will be blasting out of my car windows until the autumnal equinox rolls around. [The Smoking Section]
* And because the man has no idea how to stop hustling — even for a second — we've got a new track from Dee Goodz. "No Showers" is the first track off of the forthcoming EP The Introduction of Donald Goode, and it I dig it. It's a bit more low-key, but as a dude who was introduced to Donald Goode a while ago, I feel like it's a promising indication that the dude is going to get real deep on this release. I can't wait til this one drops. [Dee Goodz]
* So sometimes the stack of Post-It Notes that I use to keep track of my life gets, uh, let's just say it gets a bit disorganized, and I miss stuff, forget stuff, sleep on stuff that I totally meant to share. What can I say? I'm sort of a hot mess most of the time. Anyway, thanks go out to the BOAC crew for reminding me about "Back on My Grizzly" by D.O.U.G.H. — you guys know how much I love a dope horn stab, and this track's got some monsters. D.O.U.G.H.. has strong flow, and I'm definitely going to get a bigger Post-It Note next time he drops a track. [Break on a Cloud]
* Oh, and before I forget, there's a record sale over at the fairgrounds this weekend, so go out and get your fingers dusty. But don't buy all the good smooth jazz records before I get there.