Well, P&Bers, I got good news and I got bad news. The good news is that Stix Izza dropped a really cool Ray Zate video for the song "Eternity" this week. It's got fog, freaky colors and deer looking all psychedelic and shit while Stix spits some hotness over a dope beat. Y'know, the kinda stuff we live for around these parts. The bad news? Well, it looks like Zate — who directed the fantastic, award-winning documentary Building the Highway 2 Mars — is taking his prodigious talent and heading to the West Coast. Bummerino Metropolis, hombres. Zate has been an integral part of Nashville hip-hop's visual progression, setting the standard for quality and creativity. The dude has made some of my favorite local videos, and I'm sad to see our city lose such a great talent. But I wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors. I just hope the West Coast is ready for him. For their own sake.
OK, enough of this sad-sack scene, let's get on to some partying and bullshittin' ...
* Now this how we start a party! The main man KDSML is back with his second Love Is Earth-sponsored mix of the summer, and it's more of that super-butter, big-bass trap sound that I know you kids love. I've been listening to this dude do his thing for a looong time now, and he's definitely on a creative tear at the moment — a tear that's going to take him into some big places in the future. But for now, turn up your subs and get down with your bad selves. And make sure to check out the next installment of the KDSML Review at the Exit/In.
* Damn, this is the week for some gut-shaking bass tones! Future the Artist is back with his latest "Identity Crisis," and I gotta say, this his best work yet. Again, this is a dude who I've been following forever, and while we're not always on the same philosophical pages — "Raining Money" just ain't my style — this track is right up my alley and some of Future's best rapping to date. Mostly because it tackles the fact that musicians have basically stopped trying to come up with good names. Also, there are a lot of new jacks that have been copping "Future" as their pseudonym. I, for one, am sticking with the hometown version.
* Oh shit and damn, we got a fresh one from one of the city's most talented/least predictable MCs. If you haven't heard Jo'shua Odine yet, let's just say he's smoother thank silk and stonier than that dude who used to make your whole dorm smell like skunk.
* For a hot second I thought this new John Dozier joint was going to be a tribute to my favorite Cosby Show spin-off, but I'll settle for a couple of dope tracks. This kid is definitely bringing some quality rhymes and some dope beats to the table.
* You know what slipped by me when I was on that little working vacation/blogging hiatus? The fact that one of my favorite Southern rap groups, G-Side, is playing with Chancellor Warhol at 12th & Porter tonight. Also, my favorite ATL soul revivalists, Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics, will be joining the G.E.D. Soul All-Stars over at The High Watt tonight. Choices!
As always, if you've got some party or some bullshit you'd like for us to share, hit me up on Twitter or email cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.