Friday, February 8, 2013

Party & Bullsh*t: This Week in Nashville Hip-Hop [Yelawolf, Malcolm DeWayne, Sean Michael, DJ Nite]

Posted by on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 2:34 PM

It's Friday, and you know what we love to do on Fridays: watch graffiti videos! OK, we love to do that every day, because graffiti videos are awesome. And they're especially dope when it's 11 minutes of your own city getting hit with that spray-can illness. I don't know who these cats are, and I'm not asking — while I love all of the legal pieces going up around town, nothing is better than seeing art show up where it's not supposed to. Also, there's some downright juvenile vandalism that totally enthralls 12-year-old me. Throw in some clips from Nashville, a track from Kidsmeal's classic Secret Recipe album and some tourist-hasslin', and you've got a P&B lede ready to go! But it's mostly ill letters in ill spots and some really beautiful low-light time lapse — a gorgeous portrait of the art that happens while the city sleeps. (Not to be confused with the arson that goes on while the city sleeps. Hey-oh!) But yeah, graffiti videos rule.

Alright kiddos, hop on the party bus, it's time for some bullshit that's fit to print ...

* New Yela! Catfish Billy's about to drop another album in the Trunk Muzik series, and this is the first single. I'm diggin' it, but I also love space. Space is fucking awesome.

* Name change alert! You guys remember Mac L, aka Mac Lethal, aka Mac tha Knife, right? Backpacker dude that dropped a couple of quality tapes about four years ago and then kinda disappeared? Well, he's back and going by his government name, Malcolm DeWayne — a wise decision, as it seems we've hit peak rap-name saturation — and he's dropping that incisive, erudite hotness. It's nice to have him back.

* Breakfast and boom-bap beats? Yep, that's about all I need to enjoy a rap video. But nu-old-schooler Sean Michael — not to be confused with Sean Michaels or Shawn Michaels — also brings a dexterous flow and some interesting ideas to the table (or his parents' table?), which makes me think he might be one to watch out for in the future.

* And let's close it out with one of our "old school mysteries" — anybody know who DJ Nite was/is? All I'm getting from this video is that he owned an MC Eiht record and liked to pitch-down his DJ-patter. That cover is pretty awesome though.

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