What's up, everybody? How ya been? It feels like we haven't talked in forever! As you may have noticed, last week was SXSW, and while I had work obligations that kept me from catching as much hip-hop as I would like, I did manage to catch Fat Tony, Spaceghostpurp and three seconds of Mista Motherfuckin' Exquire. But whatever, I'm back in Nashvillle, and there's more hot hip-hop to keep me happy! You might have already seen my article on Rob Swift — one of the greatest DJs in the history of history — who's going to be at The Boom Bap this Saturday. But did you also know that Dom Kennedy was going to be at Mercy Lounge the same night? Here's what I had to say in ye ol' dead-tree:
The other day we were chatting with the rest of the secret cabal that runs hip-hop in this town — though it’s not really a secret or a cabal, more like a bunch of folks who run alongside hip-hop and say encouraging things in public forums — discussing the simple fact that in less than a year, Nashville went from being a city that got skipped by hot tours to a city that gets more hot shit than we can handle. For real, there have been about 10 great touring acts this month alone. Dom Kennedy, for instance — who just signed a deal with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath records — is one of the hottest MCs on either coast, and he’s making a stop in our little burg. This would never have happened 18 months ago. Smooth and soulful, Kennedy makes undeniably sophisticated hip-hop that’s got all the swag the kiddos are looking for, and all the substance old-school heads crave. Kennedy is joined by DJ Crisis, Open Mic, Dee Goodz and Kyle J.
If what I hear is correct — and if everybody stays on schedule — catching Kennedy and Swift is gonna be easy like Sunday morning. Though if you catch both shows, Sunday morning is probably gonna hurt. But it's a good hurt. And y'all know I'll take any excuse to reference The Commodores. Check out Openmic's promo for the Kennedy show at the top o' this post.
And now it's time for the breakdown!
* Rob Swift! Act like ya know!
* If you guys are still alive and kicking come Sunday, you might want to check out the Indie Hustle 101 event over at The Rutledge. There's gonna be DJs and producers and panels and all that networking type of stuff that I allegedly did while waiting for free booze down in Austin. Plus, the main man Bryan Deese is going to drop some knowledge, which is totally worth the price of admission.
* Ducko McFli dropped the first single from his new Return of the Real mixtape. It's been a minute since we got new music from McFli, so it's time to get stoked. I'm loving the horn sample that's buried in this one.
* Ordinary Dudes Doing Music, the new mixtape from P&B regulars Bill Breeze and Truth Clipsy, has finally dropped. And I dig it. I'm especially into "Opposites Attract" — though I was hoping for a Paula Abdul cover — and "U Got It." Definitely worth the download.
* And Big Fella's having a birthday party at The End on Wednesday. And I quote (myself):
If there’s one figure who looms large over the local hip-hop scene, it’s Big Fella. Obviously his size is part of it — he is in fact a big fella — and his TV cooking show The Hustlin’ Gourmet is one of the greatest things to ever come across your local cable-access channel. But more than anything it’s his constant support and encouragement for up-and-coming artists that makes him a sizable figure. Nobody puts more effort into helping the youngsters find their way through this maze of a music scene. And so it’s apropos that Big’s birthday party would feature some of the finest of Nashville hip-hop’s new wave. From Scene favorites like Gummy Soul, Ducko McFli and The Radikalz to recent transplants like Ware and Forte Bowie, it’s going to be a stellar night of new-school talent.
* Also, this rules. A lot.
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