One of the more important Thursday night showcases at A3C was called Double Cupped Fears, an event held at Space 2 on Edgewood Avenue and sponsored by TRDON, the record label/production company that works with Memphis rapper Preauxx, Select-O-Hits, and Travis McFetridge’s Great South Bay Music. The rather diverse line-up included hip-hop lyricists like J. Sands and Planet Asia, relatively new lyrical Memphians like Tori WhoDat and Preauxx, and classic Memphis headliners like Lil Wyte, Frayser Boy and Miscellaneous. Unfortunately, the showcase got under way about thirty minutes late, and as a result, was cut short at 2:30 AM, when the venue said they were required to close due to a city ordinance. But Lil Wyte and company left the crowd hyped and eager for more.
Memphis rap artist Preauxx and his friends painted this brightly-colored mural on the wall of the Midtown Market in the Cooper-Young neighborhood of Memphis. The mural was used in a video, and the convenience store’s parking lot has actually been the venue for concerts in Memphis.
1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall was the scene for the Saturday night rap showcase during the 15th Annual On Location Memphis International Film and Music Festival in Midtown Memphis. Acts on the stage included D’Mario, Abe, a Memphis rapper who is producer H. Potter’s brother, veteran Memphis rapper Dulaa whose recent work takes on a strong country influence, St. Louis rap artist Peetey Weestro who has been getting some attention with his single “Pull Up, Shut It Down”, and Memphis conscious hip-hopper Preauxx, whose label and publisher Great South Bay Music was the sponsor of the showcase.
On Thursday January 23, 2014, New Orleans-born Memphis rapper Preauxx held a listening party for his upcoming EP “Die Willing” at Ardent Studios in Midtown. The event gave many in the Memphis music community an opportunity to hear what he has been working on, and was also something of a pep rally for the artist’s Pledge Music campaign toward the scheduled Spring release of his debut album “Forever. I Will.” The larger room with a DJ was a festive party room, while the engineer’s booth was the place where Preuaxx curated his new music for critical listening. The new songs sound great, and the whole event was a lot of fun. The “Die Willing” EP is available for download on Preauxx’s internet website here.
Check out a video clip from the event here, courtesy of the Memphis Flyer: