Aww, shit. It's been a helluva week for hip-hop here in Nashville. Or more accurately, it's been a helluva week for Nashville hip-hop in the outside world. Just when I was beginning to think this whole Nashville hip-hop thing was just a wild dream in my drug-addled mind, I got validation from the outside world. I'm not crazy! Or maybe I am, but whatever, 'cause the crew is getting daps from coast to coast. First up, Gummy Soul's Amerigo Gazaway is working his remix magic again, scoring shout-outs from Egotrip, Vulture, Okayplayer, 2Dopeboyz and so and so forth for his new Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to the Pharcyde mixtape. The follow-up to 2011's Fela Soul mixtape finds Gazaway flipping classic samples from the catalog of A Tribe Called Quest under vocals from The Pharcyde's golden-age catalog — they were never as good once Fatlip was gone — and it's exactly as dope as you would hope. Or, as declared earlier, Bizarre Tribe is "pure motherfucking hip-hop gold." Download the whole album on Bandcamp.
Now it's time for some more nationally recognized partying and bullshitting ...
* Dee Goodz is back with the first single from his upcoming Donny Ca$h project — and it's tasty dubbed-out (like reggae-dubbed) soul flip with a laid-back creeper of a beat. It's hot, and marks further evolution in Goodz's sound. And now XXL and Complex are hip to his shit, so you can officially say you "knew him when." Or not, I don't know if you actually know him.
* CANONBALLLLL!!! Wick-It is back from tour and back to his old shenanigans, this time dropping "The Golden Trap Gangsta," which also happens to have a dub reggae influence. (Please, please, please let this be a trend. More dub more often means more happy P&B.) But, 'cuz it's Senor Wick-ilito, it takes a turn for the Trap, drops a few Anchorman clips and generally keeps it party-ready.
* By now I'm sure you've heard about the Wiz Khalifa show at Bridgestone on Nov. 25 — hope he remembers to keep the reefer on the DL. But have you seen the latest mural from Rex2 advertising said show? It's dope, and there's a process video to go with it. It's a different style for Rex — maybe a little more twee than typical — but it's a dope piece and actually made me think, "Hmm, maybe I'll go to that show."
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