Three years ago a Nashville MC with an unassuming, monosyllabic name managed to cut through the chaff of new music sent my way and caught my attention. Petty’s 16-track mixtape “Short But Sweet” was a masterful mashup of southern reality rap buoyed by a raspy baritone voice and soulful execution thanks to producers The Stuyvesants. While he’d gone relatively quiet, he popped up briefly in 2014 to answer Samuel L. Jackson’s bullet challenge with the politically charged “I Can’t Breathe,” and has now unleashed a diverse four-pack of loosies in one shot on his Soundcloud.
On “Soul Gone” Petty puts his own spin on the popular “So Gone” challenge by getting producer HD to chop up Monica’s hit record while he pops his collar. “The boy gotta special delivery, it’s hard for the best ones to mirror me…”
“Letter To Weezy” is a timely tribute to Lil Wayne, who summarily announced his retirement on Twitter this week. Taking the “Mr. Carter” beat and bending it to his will, Petty fires off some bars of encouragement to Weezy, refusing to believe he’s really gone.
“Couldn’t Wait To Stunt”
For this one Petty lays into some menacing 808s for about a minute and a half just to remind you that he can put his foot on the neck of any type of beat.
Get your ones ready and make sure they bring out enough cranberry juice to chase the bottle of vodka with. It’s going to be that kind of night.