Friday, October 21, 2011

Party & Bullsh*t: This Week in Nashville Hip-Hop [The Foreign Exchange, Strange Customz, Sam & Tre, Stix Izza, Karl Marx, Future]

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 1:32 PM

I know what you're thinking: Sean, how much dope did you smoke this week, because that video is by The Foreign Exchange, who are totally from North Carolina and/or Holland? And I'm totally ignoring the geographic disparity, because I have to interview Phonte and Nicolay this afternoon — they'll be appearing at B.B. Kings on Nov. 11— and I wanna get pumped. Really, honestly, I'll take any excuse to listen to The Foreign Exchange, and this seemed like a really good one. What can I say, I'm a double-dippin' motherfucker. Oh also, in case you're not pumped about this show, I feel like I should mention that they're rolling with a band that's nine folks deep, which is, like, seven more people than they had with them at their block-rockin' Boom Bap appearance this passed spring.

All right, it's time to get real local with this party and bullshit ...

* Well hot damn, Strange Customz is some hot shit! Dark, grimy and hard as hell, this project from local DJ/producer/rapper Mike Vulcan (you know him from Mashville) and local producer/MC Hegemonic is just further testament that Nashville hip-hop knows no real bounds. If you're the kinda person who likes Company Flow and Atari Teenage Riot, you're going to soil your panties. I, for one, just had to put on a new pair.

* Sam & Tre have a new single from their forthcoming remix EP. It speaks to me, and there's a good chance that it will speak to you. Or maybe I'm just stoned. That's always a possibility.

* Did you guys here that Ray Zate's Building the Highway 2 Mars won the Audience award at the International Black Film Festival? That's pretty awesome. The new video is pretty cool too, revisiting some of the motifs from his previous videos and combining it with footage from his SoundLand performance. Good times.

* Marxism! I'm down. I mean, not so much on a practical level, but more on a cultural and/or philosophical tip. For instance, right now I'm #occupy-ing my back porch, because some neighborhood fat cat is trying to push around Firefly, my neurotic runt of a cat. Ideals. I has them. That said, the debut album from P.U.S.H. Productions' crew member Karl Marx is a pretty bangin' affair. He's got a strong flow and Ducko's beats are big and soulful.

* And now for something completely different! Sorta.The production is co-produced by Ducko, but Future, I think, is shooting for the 1 percent. That's just a guess, though. I tried to do something similar this morning on my own budget, but then I figured out that throwing quarters at yourself doesn't have the same effect. And it hurts.

* SHOWS!!! Gotty has a great photo recap from last week's 9th Wonder, Danny Brown and Wale shows. And we've got a ton of shows coming up in the next few weeks. Tonight the Pay Dues crew is at Cafe Coco, and The Boom Bap is happening at The 5 Spot tomorrow. Biz Markie is going to be on the wheels of steel at Club Indulge on Nov. 4, while Dead Prez is down at Gilligan's in Murfreesboro the same night. Then the next week we've got The Foreign Exchange at B.B. King's, Jermaine Dupri (!) is spinning at Cannery — both of those are on Nov. 11, and I think I'm gonna have to hit both. And then Kid Capri (!) is going to be at Club Indulge on the Nov. 12.

Gotta dope video, show or mixtape coming up? Hit me up on Twitter or email music[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.

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