You ready to get rich? You ready to make money? You ready to buy a house?! To buy a car?!? Then you are probably in the wrong place! But we appreciate you stopping by this installment of Party & Bullsh*t. No, we do, swear to god. The most pressing and/or awesome thing we have to deal with is Dre Day. Yes, we all celebrate this most important holiday in our own ways — I like to celebrate it by bustin' up some 'roids and overcharging people for headphones — but The Groove in East Nashville wants you to come celebrate it with them. On Feb. 18 — next Saturday for those keeping score at home — the East Side's favorite platter-pushers are hosting The G.E.D. Soul All-Stars — you know, the cats behind The Coolin' System and De Robert & The Half Truths — as they crank out instrumental versions of D-R-E classics from The Chronic, Doggy Style and Detox. Just kidding! Detox is never coming out and nobody will ever cover it. I assume gin and juice will be served, and the party won't stop until six in the morning, but if you want the actual deets you can check out the event page here.
Now it's time to set sail on the Party & Bullsh*t party barge! On to the next one, as they say...
* By now you should be familiar with Kid Dead, member of Last of the Horsemen, curator behind Pay Dues at Cafe Coco and Makin' Moves at The End. If not, school yerself, fool! No for real, his debut solo record The Flatline is a dense, intellectually engaging portrait of an artist who has seen some serious shit in his day and come out a better person for it. And yeah, personal growth and redemption aren't typical topics for a hip-hop record, but there's no reason they shouldn't be — especially when they're laid down over deep, funky beats. Recommended for fans of El-P, Kool Keith and Pete Rock.
* It's debut record day here at Party & Bulls*t! I love debut record day; it gives me hope for the future. I caught Young Quael this summer and was really impressed with his live show, but then I heard ... nothing. Until he dropped the Adventures of Quaelman — which I'm pretty sure is a riff on that old Doug character — which has been on repeat in the Palace of Bullshit all week. Chock full of airtight backpacker beats, verbal dexterity and, um, Back to the Future samples, Adventures is fun, funky and extremely addictive. You can grab it on Hulkshare.
* Sometimes when I'm writing this here column, sorting through the flotsam and jetsam that is our local hip-hop scene, all I really want is a gritty voice, a smooth beat and some lyrics about smoking grass. I am a man of simple tastes, what can I say? This track, "Burn Slow" by Nam White, hits the sweet spot in all the right ways. Nam will be appearing at 12th & Porter on March 2 as part of Meant For The Milk Crate.
* And because it wouldn't be Party & Bullshit without a new local video, here's the latest from Gee Slab and Classic Williams. Why not end the week on a lovelorn note? Have a happy Valentines Day, everyone!
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