Go Party, it's your birthday! Go Bullsh*t, it's your birthday! It's your birthday, it's your birthday, it's your birthday! That's right, folks: It's the Birthday Party & Bullsh*t edition, celebrating your favorite (only?) local hip-hop column's first year of existence. It's been a wild 52-ish weeks, and what better way to celebrate than by going legit and bum-rushing the mainstream media show, amiright? If any of you were awake and listening to WPLN 90.3-FM first thing this morning, then you're already aware that Cream/Scene contributor and WPLN correspondent Jewly Hight had a way excellent — in my humble opinion — piece on Nashville hip-hop run on the airwaves today. (Here's the full transcription.)Hight interviews Dee Goodz, Openmic and ol' Cap'n Bullsh*t himself (me!) about, well, shit that regular P&B readers already know — my readers are the hippest on earth, amiright? — but does it in a manner that's probably got the squares thinking, "Hmm, Nashville hip-hop sounds really cool, I should check it out." Which is awesome, because the sooner Nashville at large realizes that Nashville makes great hip-hop, the better off we'll all be. Also, it makes for a great blog-birthday present. Let's just say that I'm pumped for all parties involved.
Now, let's get on to the serious partying and bullshitting! It's our birthday, damn it!
* Did you guys catch my rather epic interview with Struggle last week? Not to toot my own horn, but it's actual journalism, like Woodward-and-Bernstein type shit. Anyway, this is the song that we were talking about. It's a big ol' club banger with production from Sam & Tre's Sam Shacklock, Yelawolf and a bunch of West Nashville mentions. Good stuff. Also, go read the interview. Read it again if you already have. Do your bro a solid.
*Maybe I need to change the name of this column to "Party & Bro-shit"? Nah. Peep the latest from this guy Dee Goodz. You may have heard of him, he was on the radio this morning.
* Burn One. Lito. Song of the summer, mark my words. After a year of over-analyzing Lito's rather prodigious audio/video output, I feel very, very comfortable that saying this video captures Nashville's best MC in peak condition. Funk of epic proportions, folks.
* Bam! Two P&B regulars — Truth Clipsy and Jota Ese — collaborate for the first time, and it's pretty sick. If you're into the weirder end of Dan the Automator's work, especially his work with Del the Funky Homosapien and Kool Keith, than you're going to dig this one.
* This one's a grower. Kid Dead's latest video unspools in an odd manner, with vocals weaving in and out of the speakers, changing meter at odd turns before eventually catching up to itself. It's an interesting exercise, and I think that it makes the storytelling that much more compelling.
* WUUUUTTTT? This video is wigged out something serious. I dig it a lot. Props to these guys for the compelling visuals and extra props for making some seriously catchy, extra-burly future-blues. If this is where hip-hop is going, sign me up. Why the hell not.
* Brian Cameron is back with a minimalist, delay-drenched slice of swerve through Bummerino Metropolis. Which means it's probably a good time for ...
* ... a "Stage Dive." It's the latest from Openmic, and a good way to close out the birthday edition of Party & Bullsh*t.
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