It's been a long time! Admittedly I probably shouldn't have left you without a dope blog to step to, but these things happen. How the hell have you been? Ready for the weekend? I sure as hell am! I'm still in a state of much-needed bliss (I'm an angry dude!) after the Sade show on Monday, and I'm thinking that I'm gonna spend the weekend basking in the warm glow of those precious memories. Seriously folks, Sade. It was mind-blowing. Mmm ... Sade.
Where was I ... partying or bullshitting? Most likely both. Anyway, first up is the new Dee Goodz video for "On the Grind" from Floetic Justice 2. I don't think he shot this in Nashville. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something about the scenery seems ... not local. I definitely dig the composition and the camera work: It manages to capture the laid-back-verging-on-melancholy vibes of the tune. Goodz will be appearing at Freshfest at the Attic on Aug. 17, and his new project, The Introduction of Donald G., drops this fall.
And now it's time for this week's Nashville hip-hop round up!
* Fuck what you heard! Unless of course you heard that the legendary Diamond D from the Diggin' in the Crates crew is going to be at The Boom Bap on Saturday the 27th, 'cuz that's totally true. And awesome. Hip-hop doesn't really get better than this. More on this later, though. You can get your pre-sale tickets here.
* Beats, Rhymes & Life opens at The Belcourt on Aug. 12. I've seen it, and it's great. A must-see for anyone who's ever enjoyed a Tribe Called Quest record. And I'm assuming since you've made it this far into this blog post, you've probably heard the Tribe a time or too. More on this later as well.
* Local DJ/producer Quiet Entertainer released his remix of Mutemath's "Odd Soul" this week. It's a glitchy, bluesy tri-hop track that veers into drum 'n' bass somewhere around the guitar solo, and ... you get the picture. I like what he does with the tom fills. Good stuff. (And on a sorta-unrelated note, Midnight Star fans should check out Hanzelle's new single "Body Rock" — it's tasty bit of electro-funk in the Solar/Prelude Records vein. What exactly do QE and Midnight Star have in common? Not much, but these things pop in my head and I just run with them.)
* I recently caught the second issue of Fetch Edge, a new local digital-magazine. I like the layout and the photography, and there's a pretty good interview with local MC Gab along with interesting fashion and arts folks from across the country. They showcase at 12th & Porter this Wednesday featuring whole slew of P&B favorites like Matic Lee, OpenMic and Call It Dope. Catch the details here.
* What, you thought I would pass up an opportunity to pass the new K.R.I.T./Yelawolf track? Think again. As you probably know by now, these guys are going to be at SoundLand on Friday, Sept. 23. It will be epic.
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