It's Earth, Wind & Fire Day! And to celebrate, I'm gonna drop a fresh, new, mid-week P&B for y'all! Actually, I have a SoundLand-related post planned for Friday, and the past five days have seen a whole bunch of hot shit drop — I didn't want to leave it by the wayside. And I'll take any opportunity to post EW&F; three cheers for convergence! Anyway, first up we've got a brand-spanking-new DJ mix from Quiet Entertainer. It's called Q-Gaze, and it's 33 minutes of abstract hip-hop from the outer edges of the known universe — fun, challenging stuff from one of my favorite folks in Nashville. QE will be at Cafe Coco for Pay Dues Thursday this week with The Billy Goats, Last of the Horsemen, Bobby Exodus and Levi Stress. Check the mix:
And now it's time for more partying and more bullshittin'! Let's groove!
* Since I'm sort of on the topic of 1970s Chicago fusion bands, let's talk about the new tape from Drupy and Ducko McFli, Chicago: Lake Shore Drive. It's awesome. Ducko flips tracks from nuthin' but Chicago songs to make a buttery smooth beats. Drupy sounds more confident than ever and spits some of his best verses yet. The entire tape works from beginning to end and has been on heavy rotation at my house for the last few days — it'll probably be on heavy rotation for a long time. You can pick it up over at Break on a Cloud.
* You guys remember that cat Future? Of course you do! He's about to drop a new tape. He's got a new Phoenix-sampling track over at The Smoking Section, and you should all check it out. Though, truth be told, I disagree with TSS' Gotty and think that Phoenix should only be listened to when somebody raps over it. I attribute this to the self-loathing Frenchman inside me.
* Frequent Flyer Ford is a name that's new to me, but based on the track "Good Morning" and a quick look at his bio, it's pretty obvious that he's not new to the game. Actually, he was born into it — his dad, Ron Ford, played on all the classic late-'70s/early-'80s P-Funk records! And yet FFF doesn't really mine the P-Funk vein, which I respect. Check out the single at 2 L's on a Cloud.
* G@metime has a new video for the track "For the Next 20 Minutes." You might remember him from this little piece, and I think you'll dig the new video — it's pretty slick, and the piano loop is dope.
Got new tracks, hot shows or dope videos? Hit me up on Twitter. Or you can catch me hosting the Nashville Underground Hip-Hop Showcase at The Attic on the 28th. Just remember what Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire said about hip hop networking. Huzzah!