I got to go deep in the "nerdy as fuck" paint and write about the very first hip-hop records to ever come out of Music City: a pair of weird MLB vanity records featuring Doc Gooden and former Blue Jay Lloyd Moseby. I had always talked about running the story in the Scene, but it's long and strange and there was never really a place or time for it. But you should read it! And you should subscribe to Maura Magazine anyway — it's filled with a lot of quality writing about the corners of culture that don't get a lot of (or any) coverage anywhere else. (And I should note that I was a subscribing to Maura well before I was writing for Maura. It's really good.) But yeah, the birth of Nashville hip-hop in a publication that isn't this one.
All right, enough with this blatant self-promotion ballyhoo, let's roll onto more party and more bullshit ...
* Don't just stand there, bust a move already! Otherwise we'll have to send you to the principal's office.
* Open Mic's new video — his first in what seems like forever — is pure fire. As always, Mic drops serious cultural critiques over dope beats. Also, it might make a good addition to the Preds new playlist, seeing as how it's local and awesome and color-coordinated.
* Hold up a second. Jon Rogers — frontman for one of my all-time favorite Nashville rock bands, Hotpipes — made a video for Truth Clipsy, one of THE rappers of the moment here in town? Mind. Officially. Blown. Although I really shouldn't be surprised.
* And since I'm heading back to the beach after I turn this in, why don't we close it out with some quirky, breezy hip-hop form Matty Ride, Beta and Fyutch? Usually I don't go for the the quirk-hop, but this is a pretty fun slab of retro pop, and I'm in a really good mood today. Now where's my sunscreen?
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