The Latest | December 20

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the internet, errrbody was talmbout Memphis music, bet.

We promise we’re not already in the nog – and there really were Memphis music mentions all over the place this week, including a quote from Memphis Record Pressing’s Brandon Seavers in Vox’s exploration into Adele, vinyl shortages and the supply chain. For the last time in 2021, here’s more stuff we found that we think you should know about:

A Memorial Service fit for a titan

If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket to Young Dolph’s memorial service last week at FedEx Forum, you witnessed some pretty incredible tributes to our city’s fallen hero. And if you weren’t that lucky, The Undefeated has an excellent recap.

For Memphis, the city in which he unabashedly dubbed himself “king,” he’s an institution whose music spoke to the complexities, beauties and tragedies of Grind City. It resonated worldwide but never lost the taste of Southern-fried home cooking. When you heard Young Dolph, it was impossible not to think of Memphis. So what was always going to be an emotional event (tickets were all claimed within 90 minutes earlier this week) became even more so. This wasn’t one man dying. It was a city losing an irreplaceable lifeline.


More Year-End Love from the West Coast

Memphis rap pops up on yet another year-end list, this time in Los Angeles – the L.A. Times’ ranking of the 100 best songs of 2021 includes our own Pooh Sheisty.

Pooh Sheisty featuring Lil Durk, “Back in Blood”
The new pride of Memphis rap more than lives up to his Tennessee hometown’s gothic native sound. He’s absorbed the hazy menace of fellow Southerners Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne, and it’s nowhere better on display than in this creepy standout single. (AB)

What do Weezy, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham have in common?

They’re all playing Beale Street Music Festival in 2022 – an early sneak peek of the line-up was released today and includes (as we’ve noted here already) Three Six Mafia, Moneybagg Yo, and more. The full line-up will be released in February, but three-day passes are on sale now for what promises to be a unique year as the fest temporarily relocates to midtown during Tom Lee Park’s renovations.

Remembering Shawn Cripps

Shawn Cripps, who you might know better as the frontman of the band Limes, died in a car accident in Missouri last week. Pitchfork has this brief obituary – for a fuller remembrance, look to Bob Mehr and The Commercial Appeal.

Cripps was a restless soul: a nomadic child, a high school dropout, a onetime carny, and longtime long hauler, he spent stretches living on a houseboat on the Riverside Marina. He would channel his varied — sometimes disquieting — personal experiences into music that would cast him as one of the more compellingly offbeat singer-songwriters in Memphis. – Bob Mehr



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