Nashville Scene: Meant for the Milk Crate Critics’ Pick

MFTMC Critics Pick

One thing Nashville’s music scene needs to work on is being as inclusive and supportive of its hip-hop artists as it is of its singer-songwriters and rock bands. There’s a ton of top-shelf rap going on, but much of it happens in house-show cyphers you won’t hear about unless you know a guy who knows a guy. Besides being an outstanding MC duo, AL-D and E.T. do their damnedest to make local hip-hop easier for the casual fan to find — through the Fringe Radio Show, for which they alternate hosting duties each Monday night on Radio Free Nashville, as well as their quarterly Meant for the Milk Crate showcases. You may not know locals Foundation, BeHoward and K-DA, or Kentucky rapper Allen Poe (all of whom play Friday’s show alongside a four-deck turntable blitz featuring MFTMC regular DJ Vamp and The Boom Bap’s DJ Bowls), but their recent releases are all very much worth your time. Check out previews of each in an archive of the Aug. 15 Fringe Radio Show broadcast. As always, there’ll be an open-mic cypher to shut the night down, but save up some hype for Saturday night, too: At Charlie Bob’s, Spitball Productions puts on its first hip-hop show with a stout lineup featuring full sets from S-Wrap, Ra Noise, Trane Spitta and AL-D himself. —STEPHEN TRAGESER

Nashville Scene: Meant for the Milk Crate Critics’ Pick

Meant for the Milk Crake Critics Picks

Meant for the Milk Crate is back from spring hibernation with a bill stacked high with local hip-hop’s familiar faces. Hosted by Al-D and frequent collaborator E.T., this week’s show features MCs Case Arnold, Tim Gent and Cee Ohh. Between Gent’s latest EP For the Love and Case Arnold’s track “Noise” released last week, there is plenty of fresh material worth peeping from two of Clarksville’s best. And if that weren’t enough, the night wraps up with local staple/mash monster Amerigo Gazaway, whose The Trill Is Gone — a B.B. King and UGK mashup — was one of last year’s best local efforts. Stick around after for the open-mic cypher led by DJ Vamp. Our hip-hop scene is worth talking about, and MFTMC keeps the lights on as its foremost tastemaker. —MATT FOX, Nashville Scene

Preview: Pow Shadowz on the Fringe Radio Show

Pow Shadowz

For the June 13 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, host E.T. will be previewing this week’s Meant for the Milk Crate event with collaborator and Fringe Radio Show co-host AL-D, before bringing in Pow Shadowz to talk about his new project “Freedom Riderz.”

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

Audio: Amerigo Gazaway on the Fringe Radio Show

Meant for the Milk Crate Amerigo Gazaway

For the June 6, 2016 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, host AL-D was joined by Amerigo Gazaway, who will be performing at the upcoming Meant for the Milk Crate event at foobar Too Friday, June 17. Click here for more details on the event.


 
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Preview: Slim Chance on the Fringe Radio Show

Meant for the Milk Crate March 2016

On the Monday, March 21 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, host AL-D will be speaking with MC Slim Chance.

Along with Slim, AL-D and his Fringe Radio Show co-host E.T. will be joined by Gee Slab and Young Quael this Friday, March 25 for Meant for the Milk Crate at fooBAR Too. Tune in to the Fringe Radio Show to hear music from the artists on the bill in addition to discussion with Slim and members of Originally’s Entertainment.

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

March 25: Meant for the Milk Crate at Foobar Too

Meant for the Milk Crate March 2016

Friday, March 25 fooBAR Too will host the next edition of Meant for the Milk Crate. The night will be hosted by E.T. and AL-D, and will feature performances from the duo, as well as Gee Slab, Young Quael and Slim Chance (of Black Catfish). You’ll also want to stick around after for the MFTMC Open Mic Cypher, because you never know who is going to jump in. The event is 21+, there’s a $5 cover, and the night kicks off at 9pm. Click here for more details or to RSVP to the event.