Brown, “Dollar Menu Ballad”
If you recall our review of the Nashville MC Brown’s February debut, 7:22, then you’ll recall that it’s one of the best releases in Nashville hip-hip so far this year. The young MC is back with a music video for “Dollar Menu Ballad,” the first visual treatment from the 7:22 EP. The video, shot by GemsOnVHS, features Brown and crew splurging at the McDonald’s drive-thru and sharing a bounty with a group of friends. “Dollar Menu Ballad” epitomizes the “no fucks given” everyman ethos of 7:22.
Brown is very reminiscent of College Dropout-era Kanye West. And if 7:22 is Brown's College Dropout, then “Dollar Menu Ballad” is a hybrid of “We Don’t Care” and “Spaceship.” It’s a song that highlights the struggle of dead-end jobs, big aspirations and the pressures of outside expectations, all while throwing a big middle finger to all those who can’t relate (and all while managing to keep the music upbeat). The video does literally contain a lot of middle fingers as well as a good helping of “fuck yous,” but that’s beside the point. Check out the music video above, and be sure to stream 7:22 on Soundcloud if you haven’t yet.
BLKSUNCHILD, “Hood Soap Opera”
BLKSUNCHILD is another promising figure to have emerged on the Nashville hip-hop landscape this year. On the Hii on the Lows EP, BLK almost seems like a reincarnation of a young Q-Tip or Mos Def, looking for love in the city, and questioning his identity and place in life.
BLK recently released the video for “Hood Soap Opera,” one of the highlights from Hii on the Lows, and the video perfectly mirrors the hectic, frenetic pace of the song. Check it out the video above, and be sure to stream or download Hii on the Lows here.