I didn't go to MTSU, but a large gaggle of my closest pals did. And when I'd find myself crashing on a couch during one of my weekly Murfreesboro treks, the tube was quite frequently tuned into The Hustlin' Gourmet on the university's cable station. The hustler in question was one Mr. Big Fella, who had a personality large enough to match his moniker, and who now continues his Hustlin' Gourmet legacy on Nashville's iQtv Channel 10.
So anyhow, Big Fella's also a champion of the local hip-hop scene, and he's hosting a birthday show this evening at The End that will feature performances from Gummy Soul, Ducko McFli, ForteBowie, Drupy, PA Lit, The Radikalz and WARE. So if you aren't the sort of person who would attend the Tin Pan South kickoff at Third & Lindsley, this might be the soiree for you. Contributor Sean L. Maloney penned a Critic's Pick for us. Like to hear it? Here it goes:
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. —SEAN L. MALONEY
According to the Facebook event page, the festivities commence at 8:30 p.m. But, you know, it's The End. So I'd take that with a grain of salt. Happy birthday, Big Fella!