Well, this has certainly been a crazy week for Nashville.
Where do I begin? I guess it would be nice to cover the positive stuff first. The gateway to Music City, also known as Nashville International Airport, invited rapper Rashad Tha Poet to perform in the middle of the terminal. This is the first instance that BNA has allowed a rapper to contribute to Nashville’s “Music City” identity. This is a huge step forward in Nashville beginning to adopt more styles than just country and Jack White into the accepted pantheon of musical styles. I will have a full article and interview about this milestone later this week.
Nashville artist King Coogi gave birth to the first annual Coogi Fest this week, and from everything I saw this was a smashing success. Taking place at several underground venues around town, and featuring dozens of Nashville up-and-comers, as well as many established artists, Coogi Fest gave a tremendous platform to Nashville musicians looking to showcase their talents, and enjoy each others sounds.
Here’s where it gets messy and extremely amusing.
Nathan Fouts, formerly known as Littlefoot, has been making high-quality music for years, and has seen little commercial and critical success after his relentless pursuit of stardom. Recently, he saw his break via a medium I’m sure he never saw coming. While dancing in his room to one of his songs with a revolver in his grip, the gun accidentally discharged and his mother promptly stormed into his room and started slapping him (don’t worry, I am gonna include the link below, if you haven’t seen it yet). Several famous Instagram and twitter accounts began to feature the video, and it even made its way to the WorldStar homepage. Being the astute marketer he is, Fouts took advantage of this opportunity to promote his new music video, which I must say, is very, very good. Hopefully this happy accident will lead to all sorts of success for Nathan Fouts in the near future. If anybody deserves it, it’s him.
And this is where shit gets a little fucked up.
So, Nashville has a group of young rappers who, in a word, are really with the shits. Led by 100k Tucc and Fredo Ruthless, this generation doesn’t fucking play. That being said, 100k Tucc was recently in Atlanta, and took a beef into his own hands. I don’t know, nor does my white mind fully comprehend the nuance to this dispute, but apparently rapper Rico Recklezz did something objectionable in the gang world, and Tucc was not going to let this disrespect go un-rebuked. With his Instagram live stream rolling in one hand, and a 9mm in the other, 100k Tucc ran up on Rico’s car in traffic and began to insult the rapper and continue to flash the pistol in his face. Rico promptly sped away, leading Tucc to disparage him relentlessly. Recklezz was not amused by Tucc’s antics, and posted a video of the Nashville rapper on the stand during some court appearance, claiming Tucc was a rat. Rico did not fool anyone, as he posted a muted version of the video, not allowing us to hear if Tucc was in fact, snitching. Consequently, the post was deleted hours later. Tucc’s views and mentions are now surging, and he is beginning to capture a large buzz from Nashville and all around. Tucc and his teenage counterparts now seem poised to become Nashville’s equivalent to the Chicago drill scene, and this is a welcome sight to see.
Here’s the Littlefoot video: