There I sat in the New Orleans airport, watching grey clouds slowly take over the sky and part of me hoping I was about to get stuck. No such luck and back in the Sea I find myself, with a new outlook on writing, music and what the future can hold.
I left Seattle six days ago to explore the south, largely because I felt I needed to move there to discover and document the music that is exciting me in the region. Perhaps that is still in the cards, I’m working those logistics out as you read this. What I do know is that I will be going back, first in October and I’m sure again and again. Of course I have more places to go as well, but this won’t be the last of my travels to speak on some dope music.
I got up yesterday morning and took off for the one “tourist” thing I had to do on my trip – see the famous above ground cemeteries in New Orleans. It was a quick jaunt over and consumed my morning. Perhaps it’s morbid to spend two hours in a cemetery where you don’t know any of the deceased, but these tombs are trippy and spectacular.
Of course the Voodoo Queen ge’s lots of visitors and I learned a bit about her mystery. Visitors mark three x’s on the tomb, rotate counterclockwise three time, leave an offering and ask for favor. While she was world renown for her voodoo practices she is buried in a catholic cemetery under her birth name. This provided some confusion for people looking to visit her as no one knew her real name.
Beyond her tomb however you in for some awesome designs, I saw sculptures, a pyramid tomb, metallurgy and more.
Time was ticking down, I grabbed breakfast, trying grits for the first time and then took off for the airport. Listening to the assortment of CD’s I’d collected over the trip on this final drive the idea of a podcast featuring the soundtrack of this trip seemed like a proper conclusion.
Across this hour of music you are in store for a number of things. I opened with an old rock tune as it’s the Mississippi Delta that had me shook due to some freaky weather present. The rest of it is self explanatory. Two-9 is forever so of course they make a heavy presence here. Atlanta was a party and the music I heard while there leaned towards something different than what my ears are accustomed too. In that vein I give you some T.I., Trouble & Gucci Mane, Waka and Roscoe Dash. I didn’t get up with em this time but the Thumbs Up crew gets love as well.
Alabama was a quick but perfect visit, I missed dropping a K.L.U.B. Monsta cut, however you will find some G-Side, Zilla, KD and a slight jab at the ATL with “Da Real A” from TC Da Outlaw, Rich Boy, Dirty & Chipmunk. As for New Orleans I fuck with a little Spitta and LG but I also took it back with a Gregory D tune too. I snuck a brief interlude of “Superstitious” in there as it was a funky cover I heard while in the streets.
Elsewhere you will find more south influenced music. Deniro Farrar and Nacho’s collaboration gets in there, as does some Texas shit. Pardon the rudimentary mixing and one nasty temp screw up, it will get better as I intend to make this a summer trend. Thanks for walking with me through this journey, stay tuned for more content making its way onto the internets.