Ahahaha, sucka MCs just got schooled by a bunch of 12-year-old girls! Ahahaha! Though, truth be told, that does seem to be a theme around Sceneland this week. And for real, these four girls from Nashville/Murfreesboro have a stronger, more practiced flow than about 95 percent of the tracks I sift through in a given week. Also, they're 12, which makes any and all naivete adorable rather than annoying, and it's basically a free pass for writing whatever goofy things they want to. You, twentysomething aspiring rapper who probably doesn't read this column but who I'm going to address anyway, probably need to step up your game a bit, until you can at least achieve the level of proficiency that these girls have. Of course, by the time you step it up, the girls of Pretty Ambition will have progressed beyond you, but at least you'll have something to aspire to. Maybe Pretty Ambition will even lend you some of their Polo money — I bet they feel bad for ya and your weak-ass rhymes.
Now it's time to get down on some serious party and bullshit!
* Takin' it way back! Like, years before Pretty Ambition was even born! YouTuber Abuking89 has posted a a ton of tape rips of classic Southern rap, including Nashville's Papa Jay, Terror Mob and Organized Crime. The rips are all super-duper clean — no hiss, no wobble, nothing you expect from 20-year-old cassettes — and cover a pretty dynamic era in history that's been mostly ignored as of late, and for that I applaud Abuking89. You can peep his goldmine here.
* Speaking of old-school vibes, Island Hustle Society's latest track vibes hard on that deep-funk gangsta shit. And it features the return of Big Fella to the recording booth! Overall, it sorta reminds me of Above the Law or some old Too Short shit — the groove is smooth, the hook is tight and the flows are air-tight. We got a winner here, folks. "If we can't see your soul, we ain't fuckin' witcha!" Amen.
* Ducko McFli returns with the second video from his new album The Return of the Real. "#IGETIT" features Isaiah Rashad and P.A. Lit as well as hella-tripped-out visuals by Cakemaster 3000. Seriously, roll one up and watch this properly. Ducko also just announced that he's going to performing at Atlanta's esteemed A3C festival in October.
* Speaking of festivals, did you catch this wrap-up video of Wick-It's appearance at the Forecastle Festival in Louisville? It's pretty fucking off the hook. I should have gone. Next year I'm on it.
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