By now I'm pretty sure that everybody out in Party & Bullsh*t Land is aware that today is the 15th anniversary of the death of the one, the only Notorious B.I.G. (aka Big Poppa, Biggie Smalls and so on and so forth). And while there is no local connection, he was kind enough to inspire this here column, so I figure we oughta pay our respects. He was one of the greatest MCs to ever pick up a mic, and even though he only released two albums during his lifetime, his impact on the art form is still being felt today. Hell, I can remember where I was when they announced his death — in a 7-11 by my parents' house while skipping class during my senior year of high school — like it was yesterday. Anyway, let's have a moment of silence for the patron saint of Party & Bullshit.
All right, now let's do what Biggie would want us to: get on with the partying and the bullshitting.
* Jota Ese has quickly gone from "some random shit I found on the Internet" to one of my favorite hook-ups for fresh tunes. This week they've blessed us with the Super Dank EP and video-beat-tape. As always, The Ese brings dense, gorgeous beats of soulful sample-delia, perfect for rollin', lightin' and smokin' the ol' lambsbread. You can watch the video above and grab the new tape here.
* Remember how last week we had that behind-the-scenes video for Future's new video? Well here's the front-of-the-scenes video, and it's all party, no bullshit. I'm thinking that this is going to be my theme song for South by Southwest. Good lookin' out, Future.
* Spoken Nerd got "Kicked out of the Groove." You gotta watch out for that kid. A real hooligan, that one.
* Well well well, this is one that I wasn't expecting at all. I mean, who would have expected that the Bezzeled Gang would have sampled The Band Perry and that I'd actually enjoy it? (I'm sure you're not surprised that I'm not really a pop-country fan). But hey, this is Nashville — as weird as this pairing is, it totally makes sense. And it tugs at the heartstrings. Even my heartstrings need a little tugging once in a while.
* This one, on the other hand, I've been expecting. Bill Breeze's new album Ordinary Dudes Doing Music drops March 15, and the first single, "Home Coming," is a fun, funky little number with smooth hooks and tight flows. I've gotta hella-good feeling about this record.
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