Whaddup, Nashville?! How was your week? Mine was, uh, I dunno ... a week. I'm in the middle of moving, my apartment is more or less disassembled, my cat is acting like a lunatic, and the math-deficient morons at Comcast turned off my Internet for a day-and-a-half and keep calling me every hour to tell me they're going to shut it off again. (Hey knuckleheads, update your gawddamn computers or I'll say mean things about you on a sorta-popular* music blog). So ya, it's been a bullshit-heavy week at Party & Bullshit headquarters. What can I say? Web withdrawal makes me cranky.
Hip-hop, on the other hand, makes me really happy, and the above video — a promo from Rashad tha Poet's upcoming Return of the Mashairi Pt. 3 mixtape — is exactly the sorta jam I need to stick a fork in this damn week. You might recognize Rashad from last week's column, which featured the roller rink-ready "L.R.B.P.," and you're probably going to get down hard on "The Journey Back," 'cause frankly, it's got an all-caps BADASS horn loop. I. Can. Not. Wait. For. This. Tape. (It drops on the 12th. So really, I can wait, but that's no fun.)
* Kids these days ... They make pretty dope music! I gotta thank the homegirl Jane Dupree for tipping me off to this one, 'cause I'm thinking that the 15-year-old Drenico is going to be an artist to follow for a long, long time. Yes, "Secret Admirer" is sort of, um, adolescent, but I'd probably call bullshit if he was trying to act like a grownup. The production is really poppy, his flow has a lot of promise, and overall it's a really enjoyable tune. This kid has his shit together. Maybe he can give some of these adults a lesson.
* Not entirely on topic, or timely, or even related to anything, but I frickin' love Lo Carter, and I just got word that she's working on new material. This is super, super exciting. I am currently listening to "Bill Collector" on repeat, for obvious reasons. All R&B should be this awesome. [Facebook]
* Remember how I mentioned Big Fella's 8 off 8th a couple of weeks ago? Well, that's happening this week. Here's what I said in Ye Ol' Print Edition:
In case you were wondering, it's now confirmed — hip-hop is officially a thing in Nashville. Like, officially official in the eyes of, um, people who think 8 off 8th makes things official, which we suppose is us. Whatever. Regardless, this show is going to be hot. If you haven't had the opportunity to take in the very exciting, very satisfying crop of hip-hop performers currently hitting the city's stages, this is your opportunity. By now we're sure you're hip to Dee Goodz and Sam & Tre, but don't sleep on BC, whose Cashier of the Month is one of our favorite surprises of the year, or Matic Lee ... or Young Rell ... or Sebastian Garcia, Gab, Black Catfish … shit, this is a stellar lineup with enough different flavors of hip-hop that you'd think it was Baskin-Robbin's 8 off 8th. And then to top it off with Kidsmeal on the wheels of steal, and the comedic wonder-duo of Fella and Rio hosting? Yeah, that's official.
This deep into the blog-olution, we all know that what sets apart a worthwhile site from every other page full of Inter-crap is a really good curator to separate the wheat from the chaff. One of our favorite curators in town at this very moment is D'llisha Davis from hip-hop blog 2Lsonacloud.com, and we are more than a little stoked that she's bringing her unique vision into the clubs — it basically guarantees a great night out. Featuring both local and regional acts — including Memphis' Skewby, New Orleans retro lady-duo Plane Jane and our very own Classic Williams, Stix Izza and Sam & Tre — plus a boatload of local fashion folks and media types, Birth of the Originals has all the makings of a dope evening out on the town. And when they throw in a good cause — they'll be taking donations for a young girl recently diagnosed with cancer — you just can't argue with this stroke of curatorial goodness.
Got a hot show, dope track or fresh video? Hit me up on Twitter. Unless your "hip-hop" mixtape contains a Foster the People remix, then you can fuck right the fuck off. I'm willing to play fast and loose with the definition of hip-hop, but that shit is inexcusable.
* Editor's Note: Sean means to say "extremely popular."