SpreadLuv 615 Pays Tribute to Erykah Badu (Photo Recap + Review)

Spreadluv continues its successful concert series with a tribute to the talented Erykah Badu. The show sold out and 3rd & Lindsley was packed with supporters of the performers as well as lovers of the Grammy award-winning singer. Spreadluv’s music director Michael Hicks did a wonderful job with the talent for the night. There was not one disappointing rendition of Badu’s classics. Each performer made the songs their own while still doing it justice, and the band did an amazing job of bringing  Erykah’s music to life.

One can’t forget the great artists that contributed to the show as well. Spreadluv supports both visual art and music. Artists showcased their Badu inspired pieces at the beginning of the event which were also available for purchase.

This night was one to remember as it was the first time Spreadluv presented Community Awards to those that make an impact on the art and music community in Nashville. Spreadluv’s founder Brian Sexton reinforces that it’s not about the money. It’s about the culture. Along with showing thanks to those who support Nashville’s emerging talent, Spreadluv also presented checks to the National Museum of African American Music and the W.O. Smith Music School. Proceeds from the Badu tribute as well as the past Kanye and OutKast tributes helped make these donations possible.

Sadly this is the last tribute show of the year, but there will be more in the future. It is a must-see event and a great night of music and art to be apart of. If you haven’t been to one yet, don’t miss out on what Spreadluv has planned for 2015.

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RECAP: Anthony Hamilton’s Home For The Holidays at The Schermerhorn

Anthony Hamilton brought his Home For The Holidays tour to Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center Monday night. Hamilton came straight from his Memphis show to the music city, but you couldn’t tell from the level of energy on stage. Anthony and his band were suited up and ready to put on a great show. Fans loved Anthony’s presence. Hardly anyone could stay in their seat for long. The soul-singer was very interactive with the crowd, often telling jokes with the audience. Even those seated in the upper levels and behind the singer felt apart of the show. Hamilton of course performed crowd favorites such as “Coming From Where I’m From” and “Can’t Let Go,” as well as songs from his current album. The Grammy-nominated artist also sat down with 2Ls to discuss the making of Home For The Holidays, his role on Empire coming in January, and the controversy of the Mike Brown verdict.

Welcome to Nashville. This isn’t your first time here is it?

No, I’ve been here a few times.

You just finished performing here at the Schermerhorn. The performance was amazing. A lot of energy and you were very interactive with the crowd. How do you feel about the show and your performance?

It’s about being an artist, and allowing people to be apart of the show. I feel great about it. I feel like the crowd got exactly what they wanted to feel. I think it came over well.

I want to get into the album. Your last album was Back to Love in 2011. What made you want to come back with a Christmas album?

In between times you think of ways creatively; what you can do to expand your brand. I felt like a holiday album, me and my team felt like a holiday album would be good. So I put some thought into it and I was like “You know what? I kind of always wanted to do a Christmas album.” I might as well put it together now, and I thought that the timing was right.

How long did you work on the album?

It took me about maybe a year. I started it and then I stopped. Then I went full speed with it.

You remade a lot of classics on this album. Was there a song that was you’re favorite to remake?

Wow. That’s a good question. Anything Al Green probably. Anything Bobby Womack; anything Otis Redding.

You also have a role in the upcoming show Empire as well?

Well I was called in to do the part. It’s a great series and a music based series. You know Taraji P. Henson and Terrance Howard. I’ve worked with them before and it was great to be directed by John Singleton.

Can you tell us what the show is about?

It’s about a mogul that gets out and is trying to start his musical empire up. They call me in to be apart of a beautiful occasion for him……I can’t give more away.

So you can’t give us a little hint about your character or anything?

Well I’m going to be looking pretty good.

You performed a ton of crowd favorites tonight. But I want to go back to a song you did with Jadakiss called “Why” and relate that to everything that’s going on with Mike Brown and Eric Garner. How do you feel about everything that’s going on?

I feel like injustice is injustice. I feel like we need more people to stand up; more leaders who are strong. I feel like a lot of times we lay down and let stuff happen to us as a people.

They try to devalue who we are; what we were. It’s so blatant. I feel like it’s injustice and somebody is going to have to do something., or it’s not going to be a beautiful thing if it continues to happen.

Do you think there’s a chance of it getting better at this point?

It’s going to have to. People are tired; my people are tired. A lot of people are tired so it’s going to have to get better.

2Ls stands for “living life.” If you were to say “I’m living life in spite of….” how would you finish that sentence?

I’m living life in spite of all of my hardships.

Nipsey Hussle’s $1000 “Mailbox Money” Album + Nashville Performance (Photo + Video Recap)

Nipsey Hussle recently released the album artwork for his forthcoming “Mailbox Money” album as well as announced that 100 hardcopies of the album would be for sale for $1000 a piece. With the success in his last project Crenshaw, Nipsey made over 100,000.00 in sales as they were sold at $100.00 each. We can see why the California native would take the same approach. Don’t be alarmed though, the project will still be available for free online.

While the news spread around the globe yesterday, we were preparing to welcome Crenshaw’s finest and camp to our home base in Nashville, TN. Nipsey’s first visit was all thanks to the new concert series “Live In the Studio” put together by Robert Higgins and Co. Several fans visisted Nipsey’s pop-up shop and purchased merchandise before heading to Agenda for the night’s main show. The show also featured opening support from Nashville’s Mike Floss, Mann Wells, and Rikki Blu. DJ VIP took the stage and Nipsey followed shortly after being welcomed with loud chants and requests for various songs from the archives.

Performing many tracks including Checc Me Out, U See Us,  and Take Days Off, Nipsey Hussle voiced his love and appreciation for his fans. It’s pretty evident that his growing success comes from the humbleness behind his entire camp. Check out our video and photo recap in case you missed the show. Nipsey Hussle’s Mailbox Money coming sooner than later. Photo credits: Andre Rowlett, Video creds: Jama Mohamed.

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VIDEO: Villz Performs Live at K.Michelle Show, Nashville, TN (Video Recap)

Photography by: Gregory French

Photography by: Gregory French

Last night Nashville, TN was filled with various shows of Hip Hop and R&B as K.Michelle, R.Kelly, and Nipsey Hussle all performed within the city limits. While it was apparent that each show would have it’s own collective audience, the K.Michelle show stood out as a “must see” event for various reasons. singer/songwriter, Villz has been on our radar for a while since the success of his first single “4:20AM.” The Florida native has release two videos that both landed placement on MTV Jams, his album “Til The End of Summer” was featured on Complex (which shared similar ratings to major label artists), and has streams via Spotify, iTunes, and more. With such talent being produced within our home base, it was imperative that we catch a show.

Opening for K.Michelle, Villz took the stage with a full band and drew in the crowd from the first song. Performing his popular “4:20AM,” the GoldHouse artist also performed “Break Up Song,” “By Myself,” and “Appreciation” which are all featured on his newest album. We suggest that you get aware of this 22 year-old crooner as he is quickly grabbing the attention of many each time he performs. 2Ls on a Cloud contributing videographer, Jama, provides a quick visual recap in case you missed Villz last night. Check it out below. All photos from K.Michelle show will be provided soon.

[EVENT] Monster Block Party Takes Over Nashville (Photo Recap)

Nashville received it’s annual Monster Block Party presented by Disco Donnie X Ultimo Productions. This year’s festivities included legendary producer/dj Mr. Collipark, Mercer, DJ Snake, and more as it also stood as a growing platform for some of the most interesting costumes to hit the city. 2ls on a Cloud’s Andre R. provided a photo recap for the night and they are now up for viewing via our gallery below and our Facebook Fanpage. If you aren’t already a friend of ours via Facebook, check in and view all photos for the most recent events to come to Nashville!

 

 

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Kevin Gates + Chevy Woods “By Any Means” Tour, Nashville, TN (Photo Recap + Show Review)

Around 7 p.m this passed Tuesday, an hour before the Mercy Lounge doors opened, a line of eager fans began to snake all around the boundaries of the parking lot, anxious and determined to snag a prime spot for Kevin Gates’ By Any Means Tour with special guest, Chevy Woods.  As soon as 8:00 rolled around, the upstairs venue quickly began to flood with hip-hop addicts and supporters.  DJ Truestarr effortlessly entertained the audience before the first openers, talented, local rapper, Openmic and DJ Rod Youree came on to perform their sets, followed by Taylor Gang’s very own Chevy Woods.

The Nashville crowd exuberated nothing but love, and with each set the crowd proceeded to grow in size and excitement. By the time midnight rolled around the venue was packed end to end in what felt like 110*F and 97% humid body heat.  Skin, hair and clothes drenched in sweat, makeup melting off, unfamiliar bodies packed tightly together, a strange elixir of smells floating above the saturated air, but no one seemed to mind.  The environment added to the anticipation and intensity of seeing and interacting with one of XXL’s top freshmen.  A very live, amped up crowd began chanting, “Kevin Gates” before the man himself walked on stage, giving the people what they demanded. The hype immediately went to max volume, hands shot up in the air, and iPhone flashes lit up the stage.  Shortly after being introduced, Kevin brought Starlito up to join him in performing “MYB”, to which the entire venue went wild for and impulsively began rapping and bouncing.

Engaged and connected, Gates and the crowd exchanged bolts of electricity between one another, fueling the energy level of the room. In reference to his OG Bobby Johnson freestyle, “WE AIN’T TIRED” was an appropriate and frequently used phrase throughout the night.  Towards the end of his set, Gates unexpectedly jumped down with his mic and casually walked through the hundreds of fans, as they desperately tried to touch him.  The only thing in sight were reaching hands tugging and pulling at anything they could, hair, shirt, chain, arm, leg, etc..literally anything.  About half way through the crowd, security intervened, pushing belligerent fans off the rap star, but Kevin didn’t turn around right then.  He made sure to make a full lap around the room before getting back on stage, and even then, people were still reaching for him.  His set lasted an hour at the most, but it felt like 20 minutes, leaving Nashville wanting more.  Blinding flashes from the multiple photographers and videographers on stage, as well as those in the audience, created an extra illuminating spotlight on Kevin as he graciously took a bow and thanked his Nashville fans.  Overall, the event was a success thanks to Lovenoise and the Mercy Lounge crew who did an excellent job of putting it all together.

 

 

Kevin Gates will return to Nashville two more times before the end of this year, so if you missed him this time, learn from your mistake, and look out for upcoming ticket sales.

 

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[VIDEO] Dilated Peoples Talk “Directors of Photography” + Reunion Tour (Photo Recap)

Dilated Peoples recently sat and discussed the background of their “Directors of Photography” album. While the group has been working with a fairly low budget for their project, the guys discuss the unity and closeness that has continued to keep them going.

 

If you were at the Nashville, TN stop of the Word of Mouth Reunion Tour that featured Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, and Beat Junkies, check out Andre Rowlett’s shots below as a recap.

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[VIDEO] 2L’s Rewind: Oxymoron World Tour Recap

Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron World Tour hit Nashville, TN last month. With a sold out show, Vince Staples and Tennesseean Isaiah Rashad warmed the crowd. Rashad (as expected) ran the crowd through Cilvia Demo, while also performing a few older favorites that the Nashville crowd was well familar with. With a great amount of Chattanooga, TN in the area, Isaiah brought his mother on stage as he worked the crowd to Future’s “Look Ahead” suggesting his mother aint raise no hoe. This of course stole the show for many fans there to see Isaiah Rashad.

Schoolboy Q performed a great amount of tracks from his past release, Habits & Contradicitons, as well as Oxymoron. Orgnzd x PPMM were respnosible for our video coverage. Next show, June 16th (Future, Openmic, Que, and Rico Love). Check out the visual above.

[EVENT] Ledisi Takes To The Balcony in Nashville, Tn (Show Recap)

Ledisi performed at War Memorial Auditorium this past Sunday night in Nashville, TN. She is currently out on tour promoting her record, The Truth.

Singer songwriter Ledisi breaks away from her usual ballads on the newest project and speeds things up a bit. The show starts off with Ledisi, joined by two dancers, strutting her stuff to “That Good Good” (my personal favorite off of The Truth). She made it known at the beginning of the show that the majority of the songs that night would be newer material. However, she did kick it old school for a portion of the show. During “Pieces of Me”, she walked out into the crowd and sang to all of her female fans. She even made her way up the stairs because “the balcony never gets any love.” The night ended with her latest single, “I Blame you”, complete with a chair dance routine.  Bad relationships may not be ideal but Ledisi’s new record proves that good can come from the bad. There are still a few more stops left on her tour.

May 16 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center

May 17 – Austin, TX – ACL Live

May 21 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre

May 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia

May 23 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

May 24 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Jazz Festival

May 25 – Sacramento, CA – Woodlake Inn

Download Ledisi’s record The Truth and check out her live performance of “I Blame You” on David Letterman.

[EVENT] Mobb Deep Live In Nashville, TN (Photo Recap)

Mobb Deep came through Nashville, Tennesse venue Exit/In a couple of weeks ago as a packed house welcomed them. The Redbull Nashville team presented the show as the opening acts and local support came from DJ Rate and Soundselect artists Openmic and Jung Youth. While both emcees readied the crowd with their hip hop influenced tracks, the crowd patiently waited for the Queens, New York emcees to hit the stage. 2L’s On A Cloud contributing photographer, Andre ( @AndreTheArrogant) attended the show and captured awesome photos for those who were unable to catch the greatness live. Check out the photos below and on our Facebook Fanpage.