Hey party people, how was your holiday? Did you get crunk? Did you blow shit up and grill shit out? Good, that's what I like to hear. What would this country be if we didn't come together as one to make things explode and char flesh over fire at least once a year? It would be a hell of a lot more boring, that's for sure. But one thing that's definitely not boring is this week's installment of Party & Bullsh*t — it's a motherfuckin' doozy, I tell ya! First off, the main man Ducko McFli is back from his month-and-a-half trek with French Montana and the Club Paradise tour, and he's dropping his new album, the appropriately titled The Return of the Real, tomorrow night at The High Watt on Cannery Row. If you're wondering what it's all about, McFli just dropped a little mini-doc that you can watch above. Or — and I'm sure my corporate overlords would prefer this option — you can check out my feature from this week's dead-tree edition of the Scene. But if you don't have time for either, I'll just quote myself here:
Then again, if you get the call to join up with arguably the hottest tour on the planet — Drake's Club Paradise Tour in this instance — rational thought and adult concerns shouldn't be at the top of your to-do list. Getting your ass into that bus should be your No. 1. In the words of Fear of a Black Hat's resident philosopher Tone Def, "When you take the bus, you get there." For a young artist, the path to success doesn't include punching the clock or staying close to home. So Ducko made the only rational choice a person in his position could: He hopped on rapper French Montana's bus for a month-and-a-half — he served as Montana's photographer and videographer — to work behind the scenes at arena rap's hottest ticket.
Ducko's also got a new music video dropping tonight, so watch your social networks and then get your ass over to The High Watt at 8 to celebrate The Return of the Real.
And now it's time for some epic partying and bullshittin', after the jump.
* Am I an asshole because this new video for Chancellor Warhol's "Rocketship" sent me running to YouTube looking for episodes of Homeboys in Outer Space? I fucking loved that show during the, um, six weeks it was on. Truth be told, Chance's adventures in the great beyond look a hell of a lot better that HIOS — director Nick Rau did a hell of a job on the special effects, giving it a Minority Report-meets-2001 sorta feel. Freshest looking video of the year? Quite possibly.
* Rio's back! And as you would expect, "Good Morning Dreamer" is a another lush, soulful panty-dropper. That dude knows how to make the ladies swoon. Rio will be at Indulge tonight with Christine Moon and The Radikalz, peep the info here.
* You guys like the deep beats? I know you like the deep beats, and this latest video from avant-funk troupe Call It Anything is about as deep as it gets. By now you're familiar with CIA turntablist Black Cat Sylvester — he of the mysterious turntable-synth device and turntable band — but you should get to know CIA, because they create some of the most out-there and engaging beats in town.
* And if you're looking for some dope things to check out this weekend, Workforce Rebellion and Nero Jones are going to be over at Blend Studios during this week's Art Crawl. And if you don't want to stop crawling, I'll be over at the Brick Factory spinning deep funk and disco for the After Crawl Party. You can expect that Flamethrower Rap to burn the house down. And if you're waiting til Sunday to get your groove on, make sure to check out Laura Reed and Shannon Sanders at Lovenoise Sundays at Jazz & Jokes.
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