Friday, August 19, 2011

Party & Bullsh*t: This Week in Nashville Hip-Hop [Openmic, Blackcatfish, Bryan Deese, Call It Dope!, BC]

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 11:53 AM

What y'all readers know about the "Dirty South"? I, for one, know that I've been listening to that Goodie Mob song run through my head since I woke up this morning, which really is pretty awesome. And I may or may not have had a dream about getting tacos with Cee-Lo at El Amigo. I mean, I'm pretty sure it was a dream — can't really imagine Cee-Lo coming to Nashville just to eat at a Mexican restaurant in a converted gas station. I mean, their tacos are killer, but it seems kinda out of the way for Cee-Lo. It was weird-ass dream, and let's just leave it at that, as there is a shit-ton of new hotness here in Nashville this week.

First off, Openmic dropped his newest video for "Rock & Roll" from the For the Rebels mixtape last night, and it's a hot one. (You can still cop that tape here.) "Rock & Roll" is probably my favorite track on that tape, so it's nice to see it get the video treatment. 'Cuz frankly, there aren't a lot of folks out there that would go, "Yeah, let's do a video for the really slow six-and-a-half-minute song." It just seems a little counter-intuitive to me, and I really like counter-intuitive. What can I say, I'm a contrarian dude.

Now, folks, it's time for more party and more bullshit, Dirty South style ...

* Blackcatfish was on the season opener of Not Just Country a couple of weeks ago, but from what I hear, the NJC was actually on the TV that week. Whatever, it's on the Yous Tubes now! There's also some indie-rock band in that episode, but I turned it off once it got to that point. I don't ever need to hear another indie-rock band ever again.

* WARNING: Concrete Magazine/Workforce Rebellion honcho Bryan Deese has just ruined any chance of you getting work done today. He's begun posting material from his (really extensive) archives at, and you are going to end up looking at pictures of dope grafi and reading classic interviews until it's time to punch the clock and start the weekend. For instance, I would have finished this column an hour ago, but I just keep going back for more. Seriously great stuff. You've been warned.

* I think the above video pretty much says everything that needs to be said about Nashville hip-hop. What it says about Nashville hip-hop I'm not sure, but it definitely says it all. (Side note: Call It Dope! has a new track up over on PureVolume. Sadly, there is no Spinner Man cameo.)

* BC, who you might now from this year's sleeper jam Cashier of the Month, has been dropping some new cuts this week, and damn is that shit smoooooooth — soulful, melodic and undeniably tight. Grab it all over at Soundcloud.

* All right, before I bounce, there's a shit-ton of shows coming up. This Saturday we've got Droppin Science, DJ Ghost Dogg's new residency/open-mic night over at Cafe Coco, and the Urban Music Challenge returns to the Rutledge. Next Saturday, Love Is Earth is hosting an in-store with Brooklyn MC Ease DaMan. Chancellor Warhol is having his record release show on 9/13 at the Mercy, it's free, and we're gonna have all sorts of coverage later on, so stay tuned for that. Dam-Funk & Master Blaster are coming to the Mercy on Oct. 6, and Count Bass D is opening, which — holy shit — that's gonna be hot. And last but not least, I expect you all to be at Mai on Sept. 4 to catch the return of ?uestlove and buy me birthday shots.

Got a hot show, new video or blog full of awesome graffiti? Hit me up on Twitter. Until next time, folks.

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