My last destination of the evening was a club called The Avenue on Congress, whose rooftop has been the scene of many a rap showcase during South By Southwest. On this particular night, it ended with veteran Memphis rapper DJ Paul performing a dynamic and entertaining set which included his biggest and best-loved hit songs. Paul has been busy of late, releasing his own barbecue dry rub (more about that here), and putting together an all-star Three-6 Mafia reunion group called Da Mafia 6ix, who recently released their debut album 6ix Commandments and who are currently on tour. 6ix Commandments can be purchased on iTunes here.
After dinner, I headed back to the Melia because Memphis artist Lil Wyte had arrived in Atlanta and needed to get registered for the conference. He was actually in town to collaborate with DJ Paul and the other members of the upcoming Mafia Six project. That album is tentatively schedule for release in March of 2014. Fans of Lil Wyte can buy music and clothing at his official store here.
First day of a Select-O-Hits Music Distribution promotional run to promote the new Alex King album “Reincarnated”, as well as new albums from Juicy J, DJ Paul and B Hamp, whose single “Do The Ricky Bobby” has been heating up across the southeast. It was extremely hot as I drove up to Brownsville, and then along Highway 79 into Paris, Tennessee. At Murray, Kentucky, I stopped at Terrapin Station and Sunset Boulevard record stores, putting up posters, and then grabbed a latte from Fidalgo Bay Coffee before heading on to Madisonville. The Sam Goody there would not allow me to put up posters, so I headed on northward toward Owensboro, but I called the FYE music store there and found that they already had a large poster display, so I drove on into Evansville instead, checking into my room at the Fairfield Inn on the east side of town. I first drove around to the record stores, dealing with some violent storms that were popping up (and storm sirens going off), and then after leaving Joe’s Westside Records, I drove back out to the Tin Fish in Newburgh for dinner. They closed at 8 PM, and I just barely got in before they quit serving food, but I made it, and the seafood was good, although the atmosphere was more like a fast food place than I had expected. The rain was over, and I drove back downtown, looking for something to get into, but Main Street was largely quiet, and after stopping at a Starbucks near Eastland Mall, I drove back to the hotel.