What's up, folks?! How ya been? I happy to say I survived my trip to Amish country and I'm totally stoked to be back in the city listening to my fellow citizens drop some hella tight hip-hop. Nothing will make you appreciate the talent in this city like having to a trip to Buttknuckle, PA. Anyway, first up in this week's installment is the new video from Gray for the track "Doing My Thing" from his brand new Shades of Gray mixtape. "Doing" is a beautifully shot, wonderfully minimalist video for a song that — in my mind at least — lands somewhere between early Goodie Mob and Black Star. Yep, it's hotter than a car fire on I-24 and cooler than an Eskimo with ice down his pants. The mixtape is hot as hell too, full of big booming beats, tons of funk and really, really fantastic string arrangements. Pick it up over at Dat Piff. Like right now. It'll make your day.
And on to the rest of this party. And bullshit. We can't forget the bullshit.
* I just got off the horn with Ducko McFli, and damn does that dude have a lot on his plate! He's working on the Molotov mixtape with the main man OpenMic, he's launching a clothing line AND just announced a new break-dancing-centric bi-weekly night over at Mai. The clothing line, released under the name Baker's Dozen (which you can peep at We Are the Bakers), makes its trunk show debut over at Love Is Earth on Church Street Saturday the 13th, with live performances from Mic, Sam & Tre and more TBA. And then, of course, there's the new party co-hosted by Baker's Dozen and the righteous cats from Break on a Cloud, which frankly sounds hella dope. As Ducko put it: "We just want everybody who dances in the city to come out and have a good time and know that you won't have to worry about people walking through where you are dancing when you are trying to do a head-spin or windmill and all that jazz." The first installment is Wednesday, August 10.
* And in other "busy people gettin' busier news," local mainstay and master turntablist Dj Kidsmeal is expanding his operations and kicking off the Kidsmeal Presents ... series, where he'll be cherry-picking his favorite artists from the city and beyond to bring you the best in avant-garde hip-hop and electronica. When I talked to him about the series a few weeks ago, he got that "Dude, you don't even know ..." look in his eyes, which usually indicates that shit's about to pop off next-level style. He's been talking about taking his music in some new directions — basically uncharted territory — and I'm pretty excited to see him in the role of curator. The first installment is free and goes down at the Exit/In this Saturday with Sam & Tre, Ziggarut and Creative Control.
* Do you guys have cable? I don't, because, well, the Comcast guy said that my Internet doesn't come with basic cable in my new house. Which is weird, because my Internet came with basic at my old place, and I'm still paying the same price. Fuck Comcast. But anyway, for those of you who aren't getting the run-around from our local mega-corporate cable monopoly, you should check out Not Just Country this week on Comcast 49. The long-running show has Black Catfish on this week, and they KILLED it at 8 off 8th a couple of weeks ago. The show runs at 10:30 on Friday nights and 12:30 on Saturday nights.
* New Young Buck video! I've been loving Buck's post-giving-a-fuck work and this video for "Done Wit Y'all" is no different. Insolent, angsty and hard as hell, Buck is in top form. Kinda like that time he did that track with...
*Three 6 Mafia!!! (You like what I did there?) Triple Six are taking over the block at 12 & Porter tonight with Wick-It, Sam & Tre, Big Fella and some indie-rock bands with shitty names. The Internet seems to have eaten The Spin's review of their Wildhorse appearance, but if I recall correctly it was a surreal evening from start to finish. Surreal in a good way, though frankly the venue and lineup are way better this time out, so it's probably not even worth it to compare them. That Wildhorse show was fucking weird though ...
* And last but not least, the good folks at SoundLand — the festival previously known as Next Big Nashville — have booked a hell of a block party for Friday, Sept. 23, at the corner of 12th and Porter. Big K.R.I.T. and Yelawolf. Same show. Days before BOTH of their albums drop. Holy. Fuck. Both of these dudes put on awesome live shows. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that this show will leave Nashville a smoldering crater. Epic destruction, Roland Emmerich style, y'all. And maybe, if we're lucky, Rittz will show up and we'll get to hear my theme song.
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