The Latest | December 13

Memphis music is basically always being talked about somewhere, but this week at least one of the spaces and places might surprise you – in today’s edition of The Latest we’ve got a dispatch from Rolling Loud Festival remembering our fallen hero, top-of-the-list honors for a gal who used to sling songs and espresso at Java Cabana, and some love for, well, love in The New York Times. Check it out, and as always hit us up at music@wearememphis.com to respond or suggest something you’d like to see here next.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO YOUNG DOLPH

Rolling Stone has the scoop – and the video – on a tribute to Young Dolph at this weekend’s Rolling Loud Festival in California:

Young Dolph was slated to perform at Rolling Loud California on Dec. 11 when the lineup was announced this summer, his fourth time at the festival; following his death at the age of 36, organizers instead honored the rapper’s musical legacy with a set that featured his protégé Key Glock, his “Cut It” collaborator O.T. Genasis and a pair of rappers on Dolph’s Paper Route Empire label, Paper Route Woo and Snupe Bandz.

THE MEMPHIS MYSTIC

And there’s more love for Memphis in Rolling Stone with the release of the mag’s top country albums of 2021, featuring Valerie June in the top 10:

The New York Times featured one of the most Memphis love stories of all time on Sunday, and we admit we’re particularly obsessed because it’s the story of one of our favorite Memphis soul songstresses, Talibah Safiya.

In 2013, when Ms. Safiya started releasing R&B music on Bandcamp and YouTube, Mr. Williams again became more than just her friend: He was also a fan who would seek out her work. From time to time, he would even invite Ms. Safiya to perform at the Dizzy Bird when she returned to Memphis to visit her family.

“I’ve got to be honest,” he said. “I was stanning.”

Ms. Safiya was surprised to discover that Mr. Williams had been so closely following her music from afar.

“I didn’t know if anybody was listening to it — I was pretty sure nobody was, in fact,” she said. “But he would know the words.”

 

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