Friday, March 2, 2012

Party & Bullsh*t: This Week in Nashville Hip-Hop [Strange Arrange, Sofa Brown, Truth Clipsy, Future]

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

It's time for the tornado-party edition of Party & Bullshit! This is going to be a quick one, because we need to batten down the hatches at the P&B party bunker and make sure all of the stacks of vinyl don't go flying away. (If that happened we'd need to change the name of the column to just "Bullsh*t," 'cuz we all know there's no party without vinyl.) Anyway, first order of business: Strange Arrange! It's the latest project from Courtney 'Coko Corrine' Eason — the brains behind last year's hugely successful Soundtrack Beat Battle — and it's probably one of the coolest variations on the battle-of-the-bands concept I've ever heard about. Basically, bands from all over the country are coming to town on July 14 to do live, on-the-spot arrangements for vocal tracks for some of today's biggest urban hits. That sounds like a serious challenge and should make for a pretty entertaining evening. Also, is there anything better than live-band hip-hop? No. No, there is not. You can peep all the deets for entry and attendance over at the Strange Arrange website.

Now, let's get on to the partying and bullshitting before the wind carries us away ...

* Sofa Brown dropped his latest tape, The Days That Don't Exist, this week, and it's a hot one! Featuring production from P.U.S.H. Productions crewmates Evan Blocker, Karl Marx and Ducko McFli, Days finds Brown coming into his own with a stronger, more controlled flow, heartier timbre and some banging beats. Be on the look out for this dude, as he's been hitting the live scene hard.

* Well, look what I just found: the proverbial digital-rock spot! No seriously, I just stumbled across this one while looking for something else, and I dig it! I really like the synth tone, and Truth Clipsy has some pretty strong, positive lyrics, but I think it's mastered really low. Anybody else think the mastering is low? Maybe my cat has been fucking with my mixer setting again. I wouldn't put it past her.

* Future has a new video in the works, and from the looks of it, it's going to be a little more than your typical iMovie-and-cell-phone creation. (People still do that! Without irony no less! But I'm not going to link to the proof, it will only encourage them.) Anyway, check out the behind-the-scenes video above if you're looking for a good time. Sparklers!

* And, in closing, get your ass to 12th & Porter tonight. Why, you ask? Because there's a bunch of dope shit going down. See? They even let me write about it in the newspaper:

Put on your antler helmets, it's time to get buck! Hot on the heels of his latest mixtape Playlist for Edie — a finely crafted experiment in further blurring lines between rock, hip-hop and electronic music — Chance Warhol headlines the big room with support from the city's other hipster-hop heavyweights Sam & Tre, up-and-comers The Flamingos and pop chanteuse Kyra Christian. But simultaneously — because we know that there's no such thing as too much hip-hop — there's a whole other crew keeping it trill-school in the lounge with AL-D and The Boom Bap's DJ Rate. Gummy Soul — who also has a new mixtape, the doo-wop-influenced Lovers Lane — and rapper/producer Ducko Mcfli are joined newcomer Nam White. Like we said, it's time to strap on the ol' antler helmet and throw down like it counts.

Got a hot show, dope tape, or bangin' video? Hit me up on Twitter or email music[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.

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