Party & Bullsh*t: This Week in Nashville Hip-Hop [Kendrick Lamar, Rio, Kaby, D.O.U.G.H., Gummy Soul]



What goes on in P&B Land, folks? Oh, you say you're pumped about Kendrick Lamar's show at War Memorial on Sunday? So am I! Even though my body is still pissed at me for spending last weekend out in the cold at Riverfront Lawn, I'll be hauling my punk ass downtown to catch Kendrick before he becomes the King of Enormo-domes. Look, I even wrote a pick about it:

As of press time, L.A. rap sensation Kendrick Lamar’s new album good kid, m.A.A.D city has barely been on the shelves for 36 hours, but by all indication it’s going to be that most mythological of beasts, The Album That Actually Moves Units. And rightly so — it’s got a minivan on the cover! Just kidding: People aren’t buying it for the minivan, they’re picking it up because it’s one of the year’s most stunning, well-executed rap records. Lamar has a classic West Coast flow and an ear for songs that harken back to the glory days of The Chronic while clearly making the push for the entire rap culture to step up its game. This is modern hip-hop, to be sure — but damn, does it have all the hallmarks of a classic. Local prog-rapper Chancellor Warhol, who’s been touring across the continent lately, opens the show.

Basically what I'm saying is: good kid, m.a.a.a.a.a.a.a.d-hella-tight record. If you're not on that shit yet, get there. And get tickets here.

Now, let's get it on with more patyin' and bullshittin'!

* Rio knows how to party: hot chicks, booze and carnival rides. The newest visuals from Good Morning Dreamer confirm Rio's ascension to a master of the breezy pop tune, and dude wins the Triple Word Score for shooting at the State Fair. But again, you really need to listen to the whole album to get a scope of what he's doing these days.

* Songs about cigarettes! That's a thing I can get behind. Kaby's new album is another solid tape of late-night trap-inspired hedonism. Kaby has a reputation for going real hard on his verses, but I definitely think he excels when he eases back on tracks like "Cigarette Holiday" and "Cough Syrup," which features Chancellor Warhol. Did I mention Chance is opening up for Kendrick Lamar? He is.

* The new single from D.O.U.G.H. has a really nice layered build across the verses that compliments his new-school backpack flow. You should probably check out the rest of his catalog too.

* Gummy Soul had a busy week — don't they always? — dropping three new tracks, including the Meth/Gibbs remix above. It's some space-flute butter-funk that can't be missed. Also check out "Data Transmission" — a down-tempo sample experiment from Amerigo Gazaway that's on the deep, deep head-nod tip — and the crew's remix of Danny Brown's "Grown Up," which features a co-sign from Dj Evil D!!! The fuck?

And I'm out! If you've got a hot tape, dope show or cool video, hit me up on Twitter or email cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.

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