Damn! I'm out of the loop for two weeks and Rio — one of the city's best hip-hop and R&B producers — starts making wistful folk records? Crazy. But I gotta say, the new direction works. It's surprising, but it works. And it's not really surprising considering we live in Nashville and, well, I'm pretty sure there is something in the by-laws that says every recording artist must produce at least one folk song per quarter or risk being shipped to Paducah. I swear that's in the by-laws. That said, Rio's video for "So You Say," directed by Ed Pryor, is pretty and pastoral, dreamy and downright gorgeous. I'm as surprised as you are, but I dig it. A lot. Though I'm still a bit weird about leading my hip-hop column with a low-key acoustic number. Ah well, fuck it — I've got plenty of hip-hop up my sleeve.
So now let's wistfully mosey on to some more partying and more bullshitting ...
* I haven't had a lot of time to peruse this new album from Petty — when I go on vacation I don't listen to music — but from what I've heard, the dude is on fire. You might remember Petty from his Roll Up & Write '90s tape last year, and I have to say I enjoy the dude's flow over original beats than over classics — "Song Like This," "Drugs Do This to Me" and "We Don't" Have some seriously tight grooves.
* If you don't know, well now you know! Fingatipz drops some serious edutainment shit with the new mixtape — a deft blend of classic hip-hop beats and the songs that they originally sampled. It's smooth, stylish and chock full of that head-nod shit that will break yo neck. And he drops my favorite Rotary Connection tune, which rules.
* Gummy Soul's back at it again! This time GS's Amerigo Gazaway — he of the much vaunted Fela Soul mashup album — is back cutting and pasting from two of the most revered catalogs in hip-hop history, A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde. From the teaser trailer above and the first single "Runnin", I'm going to venture that this will be one of the hottest releases of the year.
* And why not close this week out with some classic Nashville rap? Seems like a good idea. As far as I can tell this video was shot at the pre-rehab Marathon building — the water tower gives it away — before Nashville cleaned up its excessive fog issues. I mean, if this video is any indication, than Nashville spent most of the '90s covered in fog. Seems fun.