This weekend in Nashville, it was all about the arts. My Nashville Art weekend began with an album release party for JAY-Z album 4:44, hosted by Spreadluv, featuring the visual art of Omari Booker. Read on for the event coverage and pictures.
Read on for the event coverage and pictures.
Spreadluv started as a blog like Nashvillesocialbutterfly.com and quickly grew to become one of the top organizations in Nashville supporting the artist in the Nashville community. Partners in Shine Brian Sexton and Lonnell Matthews really have something special when it comes to having a pulse on the Nashville Art and Musical community. They have hosted notable cover Tributes, Beats and Brushes, and are heavily involved in Creatives Day Nashville.
With these things in mind, I made plans to attend the 4:44 album release party.
Operating as a coffee shop by day, The Post East graciously allowed us kindred hip-hop fans space after hours to talk through the experience of the album 4:44. Thanks to Post East to the accommodations and being one of the prime examples of investment, entrepreneurship, and creating wealth.
In my opinion, all of Nashville’s finest was in the house. The internet radio show hosts, stylist, bloggers (like me), community developers, business owners — we are all hip hop lovers and were there to support the music and the arts.
Here’s a short live stream of Brian Sexton, 1/2 of Spreadluv kicking off the event:
Visual Artist Omari Booker provided us with his personal inspiration from JAY-Z as well as his inspiration for the pieces displayed:
Omari engaged the crowd with his experience and his mother was also on site to enjoy the event. Be on the lookout for Omari’s full exhibition at Vanderbilt coming February 2018!
After the album, we were able to discuss our thoughts. Phrases like “moving the culture forward,” “only because he’s JAY-Z,” as well as “music the culture needed,” were thrown out as well voiced. The point is, we were able to dialogue, and agree the album was indeed necessary and relevant.
Here’s my personal thought about the 4:44 album.
“JAY-Z single-handedly shifted hip hop lyrics from comical confusion to GOSPEL.
He controls the product and its distribution on his terms. It’s bigger than stream revenue for him.
That’s the optimal position I hope for in our black culture as whole. Independence is freedom. As I heard at tonight’s listening party, we needed this album, we needed those lyrics, and I’m glad JAY-Z is using his platform to infuse the mantras we need to repeat and chant of empowerment and wealth versus words destruction and death.
While I prefer more bangers and ratchet music, JAY-Z has built a brand where he doesn’t have to have a baseline drop.
He’s a boss.
But I probably won’t be spinning it but a few more times. That’s just me. Fight me.”
At the conclusion of the event, Spreadluv dropped a teaser for an event they have coming in the fall. Our clue, a few second of the record-breaking track “Waterfall” by TLC. I have an idea of what’s to come from Spreadluv, could it be a Tribute to Organized Noise? We will have to wait and see! If you have a second, check out my blog post on the previous Tributes hosted by Spreadluv and you will see 1) I’m a fan, and 2) I’m looking forward to the announcement!
I have an idea of what’s to come from Spreadluv, could it be a Tribute to Organized Noise? We will have to wait and see! If you have a second, check out my blog post on the previous Tributes hosted by Spreadluv and you will see 1) I’m a fan, and 2) I’m looking forward to the announcement!
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