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BlackLift Music and Poetry Festival Presents Lyrically Speaking in The Blue Room at Third Man Records
Lyrically Speaking, a line-up of rappers and poets making a name for themselves through their mastery of fresh language. The event will feature Nashville rappers Tim Gent and Petty, poet Caroline Randall Williams, and spoken word artist Debria Love. Tickets are available for $10.
Caroline Randall Williams. Nashville just saw poet Caroline Randall Williams perform in three sold out performances at TPAC of Lucy Negro Redux by the Nashville Ballet. The ballet is based on Williams book of the same name. Part savvy lit-crit, part blues chart, part imagined interracial romance saga disguised as poems, Lucy Negro, Redux (Third Man Books 2019) explores themes of love, otherness, equality and beauty by invoking Shakespeare’s mysterious “Dark Lady.” Williams has also authored the award winning cookbook Soul Food Love and the children's book The Diary of B.B. Bright Possible Princess.
Debria Love loves to tell stories that make you laugh, think, and heal all at the same time. She is a first-generation college student Middle Tennessee State University, where she majors in Mass Communications and a minor in African American studies. Debria has been part of Southern Word’s slam team for the national teen poetry slam festival three times. Debria is all about provoking thought and conversation and she does this on her Radio show on 88.3 WMTS on Tuesdays from 11am-noon or on her youtube channel DebriaLove.
Tim Gent is a 25 year old artist from Clarksville, Tennessee who has been making a name for himself since the release of his 2015 mixtape Clarksville Nights. After appearing on Case Arnold's debut album 'SO(U)L Theory,' Tim continued seeing success with the release of his first fully-distributed single "Lady America." The track garnered heavy attention across many online outlets, charted #1 on Spotify's United States Viral 50, and recently earned Tim a spot as one of the only up and coming artists on Spotify’s new Patriotic Passion playlist. After spending the 2nd half of 2017 releasing a string of singles, Tim started garnering even more of an online buzz, which led to features from Hot New Hip Hop, Sway's Universe, The Tennessean, and a full length interview with NPR: World Cafe. Tim is now spending the rest of 2018 releasing a consistent flow of new content attached to his most recent release of full-length project, Life Away From Home, of which was named Best Hip-Hop Project of 2018 by Nashville Scene.
Given the title by many fans as the King of Southern Renaissance, OG Bishop Petty Kane JR, aka Lil GOAT, or more simply known as PETTY, embodies every characteristic of southern hip-hop that is nearly extinct in today’s world. By attempting to revive truthful and lyrical styles, the Nashville native is truly paving a path of his own with an unfiltered personality who can execute almost any flow, from quick-witted braggadocio and aggressive, street-themed rhymes to heartfelt, honest material.PETTY spent years building an impressive catalog of mixtapes, albums and loosies, which put him on the radar of major publications, such as: Huffington Post, NPR, Vibe, DJ Booth, Hot New Hip Hop, Elevator, Nashville Scene and many more. Notorious for taking time with his art, the celebrated emcee continues to prove why he’s one of the most talked-about names in the entire state of Tennessee. Putting an end to his hiatus, PETTY spent 2018 feeding fans multiple short projects and tracks, and he plans to keep his foot on the gas all 2019 and beyond.
About BlackLift: Local artists bring together Nashville on February 22-24 for the second annual BlackLift Music and Poetry Festival to celebrate the power, influence, and potential of Black culture past, present, and future. Visit http://bit.ly/blacklift19 to learn more.