ATLHIPHOP.com has been covering the city from every angle possible, hustlin’, on the grind to be sure we all understand the movement and when our ears tuned into the cadence of perpetual family progress, collaborations on deck for days and the launch of country wide tour dates?!? Man. Listen.—When your city is nourishing virtuosos who come with a FULLPLATE ready to serve up?!? From gourmet vegan meals prepped by ATL’s hiphop providing the healthiest of platforms to marinate the music, the comradery, the networks and pallets to the evolution of the Food Chain energizing the miles to go to cover the country from Florida to the Left Coast with a side of Northwest back to that beloved East?? Pride swell is the only result. To detail exactly how much is really goin’ down current, I was able to hit up Atlanta’s own Dillon Vaughan by way of JAX so he could pencil me in with the hottest reservation, menu to include: Plates & Crates savory crescendo on some survival of the fittest dished out by that partially shelled piddock, Lobsterdamus—gotta catch him on the drift so you can understand the rip tide he’s about to ride.
Dillon redefines what it means to draw back into your shell, hone your craft, develop discipline and his contributions to the establishment of the FULL PLATE FAM (you betta’ FIND OUT!) let us all know the actual reach of roots that Jacksonville, FL fostered and developed in hip hop titans Dillon, Paten Locke, Willie Evans, Jr., Batsauce & Lady Daisey, and friends—but it also gave voice to this collective who have lifted heads from grindstone long enough to speak very clearly here in our corner of the map through events like ATL’s Plates & Crates and enough for us all around with culminating current and consistently upcoming releases individually and collaboratively making this buffet all you can eat. The timeline of Dillon’s brainchild Plates & Crates (see ATLHIPHOP.com’s review) has also now proven to pave the way to his upcoming tour to showcase the newest FAM collab with P. Locke, Food Chain where Dillon will escort Lobby Dom P to open for that ALL STAR (!), the one and only, as he releases, Instantly New, the Plates & Crates Sous Chef extraordinaire, Count Bass D.
Dillon never ceases to surprise and come out stealthy with the collabs and catalogs that you never knew were goin’ down just under the surface—so his link up with The Count, for those in the know, is nothing out of the ordinary from his usual meter. And when asked how he and Count Bass came to shine instantly new on tour jointly, he reminded me of the power of hip hop bringing the community together on every level possible to strengthen the movement. Meeting Count for the first time back when Dillon signed up for Studies in Hunger, he made sure to show his respects immediately resulting in a bridge built with the champion whose resume included drops from Domination and work pioneered with MF Doom. Once the timeline pushed forward and Count Bass reserved his seat in the place to be when Plates & Crates presented in The Brasserie and Café at Parish, that bridge was only reinforced. The handwritten ‘Thank You’ that Dillon received straight from the pen of The Count (!) letting him know how much he loved the P&C concept, execution and event, how he was inspired enough to want to throw on an apron to join in….the rest?– a lobster’s tail. Not only did this pair run the kitchen in sync shortly following this outreach, the music organically overflowed. Even though he was touring with Blueprint and boasting a full plate of his own, Count jumped right in between the Monday P&C editions on other projects like in Dillon’s next edition collab with Batsauce, spotlights found on Paten’s and Dillon’s Food Chain and to bring you current, the proposition, the invitation to tour in tandem hit the table.
So, ATL, as if these ingredients don’t already make for the main dish you’ve been craving, stay tuned for the garden to grow with the ATLANTA set-off of this tour secured as always on that SpeakEasy tip, Count Bass D’s Instantly New opened by that Dillon Vaughan with Lobsterdamus tucked away no doubt on Friday, March 18th on that home field advantage—that being 529 for those not paying enough attention. But don’t think that’s the only place to order up from Dillon: Catch gifs en route soon as he balances work with Ego Trip and OK Player, Exclusives in Bed via BandCamp, various promos running through all associated websites linked throughout this write-up, and as if that isn’t enough to satiate your appetite, once Dillon and Count return in May we will all be blessed with Dillon’s summer release. And now, ATL?– You’ve been served like you’re holding that FULL PLATE. Coming to you live from the fathoms, ATLHIPHOP.com is the place to be.
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