Nashville Scene Critics’ Pick: Meant for the Milk Crate

AL-D and E.T. have been dauntless in doing their part to spotlight local and regional hip-hop with their Meant for the Milk Crate showcase series and their weekly Fringe Radio Show on community station WRFN-LPFM. Over Meant for the Milk Crate’s five-year run, your hosts have put dozens of rappers on the stage at conventional Nashville venues, an important feat in itself. But now AL-D is going one step further and dropping a mixtape featuring tracks from past guests. The track list wasn’t available at press time, but previous bills have featured top-shelf MCs like Brian Brown, Rashad tha Poet, Virghost, Tiara P. and BeHoward, so chances are it’s going to be rad. And why not throw a party to celebrate? A $10 cover at the door will get you a copy of the mix, plus admission to live sets from established local rappers Young Quael, Case Arnold and Foundation, as well as choice up-and-comer Daisha McBride. On top of all that, you can watch (or spit some bars in) open-mic cyphers before and after the show. STEPHEN TRAGESER, Nashville Scene

MFTMC on the Fringe Radio Show

For the September 3, 2018 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, host AL-D previewed this upcoming weekend’s Meant for the Milk Crate event at The Cobra. Hosted by AL-D & E.T. (with sounds by DJ Vamp) the show will feature performances by Young Quael, Case Arnold, Foundation, and Daisha McBride. The show starts at 9:30 with an open mic cypher (with another to follow after the show). The event is 21+ and a $10 cover includes a copy of the mixtape on CD.

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Nashville Scene Critics’ Pick: Meant for the Milk Crate

AL-D and E.T.’s Meant for the Milk Crate hip-hop showcase series is approaching its fifth anniversary, so it’s likely most Nashvillians know what’s up by now. But maybe you’re here on vacation, or just moving to town. First of all, welcome, and second, you really wanna check this out. Your hosts are two outstanding rappers who’ve been known to spit a rhyme or three during the course of the evening, and they’ve got DJ Vamp on the decks, who makes the art of keeping the beat look easy. Four choice MCs are the featured guests for this installment: Music City’s Brian Brown, who’s been building up his already-strong following with new tracks from his forthcoming full-length Journey; also-local duo Out Here Boys, aka Sofa Brown and Evan Blocker, who’ve released two volumes of their athletic Move or Get Moved EP series this year; Memphis’ Tyke T, who slides between styles and voices like a chameleon changes colors; and Weston, whose lack of an internet presence is all the more reason to see him in the flesh. Really want your mind blown? Come early or stay late for the Olympic-level verbal gymnastics on display during the open-mic cyphers before and after the main show. STEPHEN TRAGESER, Nashville Scene

MFTMC on the Fringe Radio Show

For the December 4, 2017 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, host AL-D previewed the December 16 Meant for the Milk Crate event which will go down at The Cobra in East Nashville by playing tracks from artists who will perform at the show.

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Critics’ Pick: Meant for the Milk Crate

What’s better than a quarterly blowout party featuring lovingly curated top-shelf local and regional hip-hop performers and an open-mic cypher? How about one that goes down more often? Hosts AL-D and E.T. are slowly but surely building up the Meant for the Milk Crate party, and this will be the third time this year they’ve had it on an every-other-month basis — an exciting bit of news for a town bursting with rap talent but sorely in need of a place to show off. Representing the 615 on this particular bill are Seene P and his swinging flow; Finess, whose 2016 release Senior YR shows her dropping verses in a variety of contexts; and Magnetic Forces, a duo whose nerdier tendencies help them go deep into old-school territory on their 2017 full-length The Vision on Multiple Occasions. Supremely seasoned Memphis MC Jason Da Hater tops the bill. Some cool extras to note: There will be an additional cypher before the featured MCs take the mic, and there’s a screening of the damn funny lampoon-tastic horror-comedy Black Holler at 7:30 p.m. (And if you come out and pay the $5 to see that, you’ll get a discount on your admission to MFTMC.) STEPHEN TRAGESER, Nashville Scene

Preview: Tom Petty Tribute on the Fringe Radio Show

For the October 9, 2017 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, host E.T. will be rolling out a tribute to the legendary Tom Petty, who passed on one week ago. The show will also preview this week’s Friday the 13th events at the Cobra in East Nashville, including a special screening of Black Holler which will warm the night up for Meant for the Milk Crate.

The Fringe Radio Show will go live Monday night at 6:00pm (Central) on Radio Free Nashville 103.7 FM (which is also streaming online at RadioFreeNashville.org).