Mississippi God Damn

The North Mississippi Allstars grew up with history. Now they're making it.

"Cody started a rap label that's all, like, Memphis and Mississippi rap," Luther says. "That's his scene, really -- he's got a big rap thing going on. It's called Diamond D Records. That new movie Hustle & Flow is coming out too (see review in the Film section), and that looks really good. Al Capone is in that, and a friend of mine, Craig Brewer, a Memphis dude, directed it. It's happening, man. I think it's gonna help expose Memphis rap and turn some people onto the whole crunk thing. In Houston, they've got chopped and screwed. We actually chopped and screwed our new record, and we're gonna put that out."

Proof that the South is as fresh and fertile as it's ever been: Artists like NMA and their peers are forging a new Southern aesthetic with every song, every show, every album.

Luther Dickinson (right, with brother Cody and Chris Chew): "When crazy white kids play the blues, it turns into rock 'n' roll."
Luther Dickinson (right, with brother Cody and Chris Chew): "When crazy white kids play the blues, it turns into rock 'n' roll."

Details

7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. Tickets cost $30 the day of the show. Call 954-727-0950.
Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

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"It's always changing," Luther says. "Like in the '80s it was R.E.M. -- you know, that was Southern rock. Now the Kings of Leon are like, 'We're not like Skynyrd!' But Southern rock is really all about where you come from."

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