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.






















[VIDEO] OG Maco – U Guessed It

Just when we got a bit comfortable with listening to Atlanta rappers OG MacoKey!  newest EP, Give Em Hell, we get a reminder to revisit the release through the visual treatment of U Guessed It.

The track and video are both attention grabbers as it features the young emcee chanting ‘bi*ch you guessed it’ while mobbing through a hotel with his rounds. In case you have yet to check the tracks that led up to this release, get familiar with OG Maco’s past project Live Life via Soundcloud. Check out the video above.

[VIDEO] Openmic- Floss

Nashville’s Openmic drops off his newest video for “Floss,” which is a record from his most recent project, For The Rebels 2. Mic travels around the streets of Music City, USA as he visits popular landmarks that all have meaning behind them. Organized Visuals captures seamless images and adds his creativity, that we all can appreciate, to add up to a pretty smooth release.

“This song for me was like taking a deep breath,” Mic states. “I didn’t overthink concepts or lyrics… I just told my story. For more information and upcoming shows from Openmic visit

[VIDEO] Sneakers x Speakers Cypher | SxSR4 8.30.14, Nashville, TN

Sneakers x Speakers is an annual event that was formed to create a platform for the growing sneaker culture of Nashville, Tennessee. With the fusion of music added to the fashionable forte of sneaker collecting; DJs, music ciphers and performances were mixed with original artwork, dance and like minded individuals with similar goals and interests.

While the 4th installment of the event takes place this Saturday in Music City, the artist line up for #SXSR4 decided to build more anticipation for Nashville’s 1st Premiere Sneaker x Music Festival. The “Sneakers x Speakers” Cypher features the likes of Openmic, Star Status emcee D.H., Brown, Casino Greene, S.T.A.N., Tim Gent, and Sofa Brown. Each artist delivers over a hip hop inclined beat.

Catch them live at Sneakers x Speakers Round 4 8.30.14 The East Pavilion 1006 Fatherland St. Nashville, TN 37206 1-7 p.m. All Ages Welcome, Buy/Sell/Trade, Vendors, Giveaways, and much much More! For tickets:

NEW Tzee ft. T.Maria- Mona Lisa (prod. by Fred the Tech)

In today’s world, we are all on the same page of knowing “Life aint Perfect.” Tzee times the release of his newest track “Mona Lisa” perfectly amidst the various trials thrown on the television these days.

Tzee’s vision behind Mona Lisa stood at the understanding that there will be hard times endured but one must continue to push forward in life. The track features the angelic vocals of T. Maria (who we will be researching because her voice is amazing) and holds production from FredTheTech. The track is filled with emotional references and guarantees to keep your attention from beginning to end. Check it out below.

[VIDEO] Tha City Paper- V12 (dir. by Charles Robinson)

Nashville’s Tha City Paper releases the visuals to his popular single, V12. The Tennessean chants “Coming through like Nino, that V12′s just growling” as he stands in front of a Mercedes fitted perfectly with Forgiato wheels. The Charles Robinson directed video is a current favorite as Paper delivers from beginning to end as he references of Young Buck, New Jack City character Nino, and many more notable names throughout the video. The single will be featured on Tha City Paper’s album entitled V12.

[AUDIO] Danny Seth- I Arise Because (prod. Ducko Mcfli &

As if we haven’t been warning you about arrival of British emcee Danny Seth, he drops off a new track entitled “I Arise Because” that is just disrespectful in every good way possible. Seth has been spending a good amount of time in Los Angeles and Atlanta, GA building with several producers and artists. The new track readies us for his forthcoming mixtape entitled Perception, which is set to release later this fall. I Arise Because welcomes the crazy production of Nashville’s Ducko Mcfli and JGramm Beats as well as the heavy bars of Seth per usual. If you aren’t familiar with TRIBE GVNG’s enlisted emcee we suggest you change that sooner than later. You’ll thank us later.

[VIDEO] Jessie J ft. Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande- Bang Bang

Jessie J’s lead single “Bang Bang” gets a video treatment as she readies us for her album Sweet Talker. The Hannah Lux Davis directed video features Jessie and her costars Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Throughout the video there are a summer party, pops of neon color, and a night of fun. Jessie’s album is set to release October 14th and this single is also be featured on the deluxe version of Ariana Grande’s Everything album.

[VIDEO] Scotty ATL ft. Trouble & Killer Mike- Pray Alone

Southern emcee Scotty ATL recently dropped the video to his track Pray Alone, which features Trouble and Killer Mike. The track is on Scotty’s On The Road 2 Spaghetti Junction project and was produced by DJ Burn One & 5PMG. The video was directed by Scion AV. Check it out above.

[AUDIO] Remy Ma x DJ Khaled- They Don’t Love You No More

Remy Ma is home and quickly back to work as she releases this remix to DJ Khaled’s They Don’t Love You No More. Remy is determined to press her way back into the game as she delivers punchlines and bars that were possibly aimed at a few of the music industries current favorites. Check it out below.