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).

October 13: Meant for the Milk Crate at The Cobra

Meant for the Milk Crate will be returning to The Cobra Friday, October 13. Hosted by AL-D and E.T., the event will feature DJ Vamp with performances by Jason Da Hater, Finess, Seene P and Magnetic Forces with an open mic cypher before and after the show. The Cobra is at 2511 Gallatin Ave, Nashville / 9:30 doors / 21+ / $5 cover.

Click here to RSVP to the show on Facebook.

Mobb Deep Tribute on the Fringe Radio Show

For the August 14, 2017 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, host E.T. previewed this weekend’s Meant for the Milk Crate and gave a tribute to Prodigy of Mobb Deep.

Meant for the Milk Crate will be returning to The Cobra Saturday, August 19. Hosted by AL-D and E.T., the event will feature DJ Vamp with performances by Remsteele, James Fate, Tiara P, BEZ & Jordn, with an open mic cypher after the show. The Cobra is at 2511 Gallatin Ave, Nashville / 9:30 doors / 21+ / $5 cover.

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Preview: MFTMC & Mobb Deep on the Fringe Radio Show

For the August 14 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, host E.T. will be laying down a preview of the upcoming Meant for the Milk Crate event by featuring several artists who will be performing on the show. As a bonus, he’ll also be devoting a portion of the show in tribute of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, who passed away in June.

Meant for the Milk Crate will be returning to The Cobra Saturday, August 19. Hosted by AL-D and E.T., the event will feature DJ Vamp with performances by Remsteele, James Fate, Tiara P, BEZ & Jordn, with an open mic cypher after the show. The Cobra is at 2511 Gallatin Ave, Nashville / 9:30 doors / 21+ / $5 cover.

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).

June 10: Meant for the Milk Crate at The Cobra

The Cobra will be hosting the next installment in the Meant for the Milk Crate series coming up Saturday, June 10. This time around the night will feature Black Atticus, J-Bush, BA the Lewe, Nikko Green, Priestess (of Planet X), AL-D, E.T., and DJ Vamp. $5 cover; doors are at 9:30pm & the show will be followed by an open mic cypher. Click here for more information, or to RSVP via Facebook.

Nashville Scene Critics Pick: Meant for the Milk Crate

Spring is in the air (when the snow isn’t falling, anyway), and AL-D and E.T.’s quarterly hip-hop showcase is bringing some bands into the mix to keep the action fresh. This time out, half of the bill is dedicated to purveyors of soulful and funky instrumental sounds ripe for rapping — check out Magic in Threes from the G.E.D. Soul family, who spent 2016 writing and recording one new song every week, and Street Band Clan, who stir elevated jazz into the pot. Expect some excellent live-band hip-hop action, since the MCs on deck have experience working with these particular groups. The last time we saw the masterful Rashad tha Poet work a room, Street Band Clan was backing him up, and Wally Clark, known for his sample sorcery, actually graced some of last year’s Magic in Threes tracks with his deceptively laid-back drawl. DJ Vamp will tend to the 1s and 2s, and your gracious hosts will lay down a few bars between sets. As always, the night concludes with an open-mic cypher. If you can’t stick around, word to the wise: AL-D also hosts a weekly cypher every Tuesday at Bearded Iris Brewing in Germantown. STEPHEN TRAGESER, Nashville Scene