How was everybody's Christmas/Solstice/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa? Did you get everything you wanted? Are you sick of eating leftovers yet? I've still got about five pounds of mashed potatoes to clear through, but that should be wrapped up by this evening. Anyway, this is the last P&B for the 2011 calendar year, and rather than do that whole "year in review" thing the rest of the world is doing, I'm gonna drop some newness on ya. First up, we've got the new video for Call It Dope's "Bang Bang," a jaunty little transfiguration of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U." I'm digging the visuals — I'm a sucker for Murfreesboro-based videos, especially ones that were at least partially shot in the alley at the corner of Church and College Streets. I fucking love that alley. No seriously, I used to work on that block, and I definitely got up to no good in that spot. Ah, fond memories of college shenanigans ... OK, old man is going to stop getting nostalgic now.
Time for more Party & Bullshit after the jump!
* So maybe this is a "year in review" piece just with, like, new videos and shit, as it seems that my favorite acts from this year have all dropped new shiz since I saw you last. Like this new video shot, directed by and starring Ducko McFli. It makes you just want to stand up, salute the flag and scream "God Bless America!" don't it? Also, if you haven't been keeping up with everything that Ducko and the P.U.S.H. Productions crew have been up to this year — which is understandable, as they've been some uber-productive mofos — they've dropped a "best of" mixtape that you can pick up here.
* OK, this is definitely a "year in review." Gray was one of my favorite discoveries of the year — he's a promising young emcee with a tight flow and a strong persona. He dropped his version of J. Cole's "Grown Simba" back in the summer, but the video dropped this week. I'm looking forward to what he does in 2012.
* You know who had a great year? Chancellor Motherfuckin' Warhol. That dude got a whole lot done in 2011, including landing a track in the newest version of Tap Tap Revenge, a popular mobile game. As far as artist-medium combos go, Chance in a video game is pretty much as perfect a pairing as you could ask for.
* You guys downloaded The Journey Back from Rashad tha Poet, right? It was one of the highlights of the summer — a smooth, intelligent rap record that's grown-up but fun. Coincidentally, he just dropped a new video.
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