You're killin' me, Smalls! And by "Smalls" I mean Nashville. First it's hearing JEFF the Brotherhood's We Are the Champions at a Boston bar last night, then I wake up to the City Paper's last will and testament, and then it's Ducko McFli's new Ed Pryor-directed video, which is all gorgeous shots of the Music City skyline and melancholy piano. It's enough to make a homie homesick. And it doesn't help that y'all sent the rain to Boston and canceled my beach day. But yeah, Ducko's new video is a winner with some prime-time-ready B-roll, rooftops and colored smoke. It's pretty dope, and those string swells are rife with pathos and emotion. Primo shit.
All right, let's move on to to some more party and bullshit ...
* Sonny Chiba references? Yeah, I'm sold. The first new track from Chancellor Warhol in what seems like ages bangs hard and is a portent of dopeness for his upcoming album Paris Is Burning.
* Rio covering UB40 covering Neil Diamond singing about booze. I'll take it! Seriously, this is like a favorite-artist three-way with extra delay — it's a nice li'l nug of fun for your weekend.
* All right, Phil Ade ain't local — he's DC-based and has bounced around the country — but this track is dope, and he's playing at The East Room on Aug. 30. Mark your calendars accordingly.
* I'm a sucker for melodic, and this new Drupy track features plenty of it alongside fresh verses from Fyutch and Tanya Ali. Side note: We need more female MCs. The entire genre, flat out, needs more female MCs. Enough of this sausage-party bullshit.
And that's it. If you've got something for us, email cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.