Friday, June 1, 2012

Party & Bullsh*t: This Week in Nashville Hip-Hop [Dee Goodz, Ziggurat, NUGfunk, Jelly Roll]

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Greetings from the laundromat! Or, more accurately, the bar next to the laundromat. Ya gotta stay fresh, if you know what I mean. And by "fresh" I mean "not smelling like a soggy ashtray with a glandular problem" and also "working on a good buzz." But enough about my dirty drawers, it's time for some party and some bullshit! This week saw P&B's main man Dee Goodz step up his game with the gorgeous and hypnotic video for the "iGottem" off this year's Introduction of Donald G. Goodz is running around with a fox fur on his head and a Confederate flag draped over his soldiers, which ... I don't even know. One of the reasons I've been such a loyal fan of Dee is that I never really know what he's going to do next, and if he's heading into the abstract-and-arty realm with his visuals ... well count me the fuck in. The further this whole Nashville hip-hop thing goes out into the weird and wild universe, the better. I mean, this is a city full of oddballs. There's no reason our hip-hop shouldn't embrace that, right?

And now, let's get weirder with more partying and more bullshitting.

* So it looks like this is the week for P&B Best of '11 winners to drop new videos? I ain't complainin'! Ziggurat drops some low-key vibes on your wigdome with the downtown-cruising "Oracle" video. If you don't already have their record Flossed in Space, cop it. And then catch them live with Jackie Chain and B-Hoody at Exit/In.

* As my colleague Lance Conzett said, "More local videos shot on the top floor of the Arcade please." I love that spot in all of its Victorian-ish glory. I also love a good all-star cipher, and this track with Pradda, BRIT, Tino Bugg and Marco rapping over a Treekeeper beat hits that motherfuckin' sweet spot. "NUGfunk" for real.

* Jelly Roll at the dentist! I really enjoyed Jelly's last tape Mid-Grade Miracle, and I find his whole persona circa 2012 really endearing. Which is kind of a weird thing to say about someone who makes pretty hardcore rap tunes, but you know what? I don't give a shit. Part of what makes writing P&B really fun is watching stories unfold and characters develop — it's just like TV! — and Jelly has become a reliable favorite. Am I going to win any hipster points for this opinion? No. Do I give a fuck? Double no.

Holla at ya boy. Or email music[at]nashvillescene[dot]com. Choice is yours.

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