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The best kept secret in music


"Our Critics Picks"


The prevailing wisdom among some concerned about the future of hip-hop in Nashville is that for rap music to grow and prosper here, there must be a meeting of the minds among the area’s creative forces... Fluent Dialects and Spooky Johnson represent the ’Boro, which is—don’t laugh—turning out some of the most interesting rap in the state. Fluent Dialects evince the craft of classic rap...

--Mark Mays - Nashville Scene

"The Spin"

September 8, 2005

• With rappers being rated on a per-bullet-hole basis, one might think that a lighthearted hip-hop show is an oxymoron, or at least a lament about how hip-hop used to be. But the gang of indie MCs who performed at 12th & Porter last Wednesday were clearly out to have a good time and transmit that lovin’ feelin’ to the audience. Straight out of the ’Boro, Fluent Dialects kicked things off. DJ DVST8 (pronounced “devastate”) and MC Kamoshin are a promising duo, unpretentious kids with a real sense of classic rap music. The energetic Brycon jumped on next, notable for, if nothing else, being a dead ringer for Jerry Mathers. We’re still trying to figure out what he was about. Speaking of being hard on the Beaver, Louis Logic was great fun—not that we didn’t think he would be, after listening to his alcohol-inspired CDs, or watching him step onstage like a ribald Jean-Michel Basquiat in an air-brushed Tom Selleck T-shirt and a belt buckle that read “DICK.” He was far from the Eminem clone we feared he would be. His manic rhyme flow sounded much fresher live than on CD, and in between songs he was funny and engaging—and not even sloshed.

- Nashville Scene

"Critics' Picks"

August 25, 2005

Our Pick of the Week

Opening for Logic at this show are Fluent Dialects, a local MC/DJ team whose music brings to mind that of Dilated Peoples. 12th & Porter

—Mark Mays
- Nashville Scene

"Jack Silverman"

Cashville Underground
Nashville’s hip-hop scene is poised to blow up

by Jack Silverman, senior editor of the Nashville Scene.

September 22, 2005

In This Issue

HipHopNashville.com is another community site, started by local hip-hop artists Kamoshin and Aposoul. (Kamoshin performs with DJ DVST8, pronounced “devastate,” under the name Fluent Dialects.) Musically, they lean more toward conscious hip-hop, but they emphasize that they embrace all forms of rap and encourage all rappers to participate on the site. “It all came from the same place,” Kamoshin says, “and it just branched off. Everyone has their own flavor, their own way of doing it.”

- Nashville Scene


Kamoshin - The Art of Noise EP

songs are currently streaming @ www.soundclick.com/kamoshin

you can purchase this album @ www.cdbaby.com/kamoshin


Feeling a bit camera shy


Nashville is known as “Music City USA” for a variety of reasons. In addition to being the world capital of country music, it is also credited with producing superstars Chet Atkins, Webb Price, Randy Travis, and the father of Bluegrass music, Bill Monroe. Since country music is Nashville’s most prominent musical genre, other forms of audio expression are often overlooked by the majority of spectators. With this in mind, desiring artists who wish to express themselves without a twang must discover a way to strike a cord with open-minded music lovers. It was this challenge that brought both Kamoshin (a.k.a. Robbie Halperin) and DVST8 (a.k.a. Jeff Hayes) together in the winter of 2003 to form the charismatic hip-hop faction, Fluent Dialects (FD). Being likened to the multi-faceted hip-hop trio Dilated Peoples, FDs’ sound is often described as quick-witted rhyme styles intertwined with intoxicating turntablism.
Kamoshin and DVST8 originally met while employed at WMTS 88.3 (Middle Tennessee State University’s student run radio station). It was there that these two skillful entertainers discovered one another’s passion for hip-hop. Upon recognizing their mutual fondness for pioneers like Run DMC and A Tribe Called Quest, Kamoshin and DVST8 decided to form a group that would embody hip hop in its purist form; from this idea Fluent Dialects was born. With Kamoshin focusing largely on the dynamic duo’s lyrical content, DVST8 uses his expertise in heading production and engineering. Although FD began with high expectations, it only took little time for the group’s imminent up-hill battle to come to fruition. The greatest challenge was establishing an audience; and Nashville bar owners closing their doors to the local hip-hop community made this especially complicated, forcing Fluent Dialects to take its mesmeric sound to the neighboring town where they both reside, Murfreesboro.
In Murfreesboro, FD started performing at small hip hop showcases alongside a slew of local artists such as Out of Place, IEnquiring Minds, and Plan Beat, to name a few. Despite being turned away from most clubs and bars, one place in particular became the stomping ground for local rhyme technicians and beatsmiths. It was a space where the hip hop community could come for solace without enduring criticism from apathetic onlookers. The name: Showbiz Studios. Not much larger than a garage, Showbiz served as a training ground for up and coming artists, also doubling as a venue for local hip hop events. At these events, FD’s invigorating live performances took off, grabbing the attention of hip hop fans in Middle Tennessee. Soon after, a buzz soon began to circulate from Showbiz’s events, immediately evoking curiosity among Nashville club-goers. The wonderment started weighing in heavily, and soon folks from Nashville were eager to see what all the fuss was about.
In time, FD’s live performance generated rave responses from crowds which soon led to the booking of larger gigs at bars in Murfreesboro. Following Murfreesboro’s lead, Nashville gradually opened its doors to the fresh sound that was captivating local youth. By the time FD began performing in proper clubs and bars (besides Showbiz) their fan base was on a constant upswing. In light of the hype surrounding FD, Kamoshin and DVST8 found themselves in a position to contemplate the group’s next move.
Finally, more than a year since its inception, Fluent Dialects has taken the monumental step of releasing its full-length debut LP entitled “Constructive Interference.” Highlighting FD’s experience performing with international stars Ming and FS, Karsh Kale, Louis Logic, and Brycon as well as multiple shows with local legend Spooky Johnson, this album gives insight into FD’s awe-inspiring sonic architecture which has garnered much attention from the Nashville community. FD is now prepared to take that influential sound global.
Unlike most mainstream southern rap, FD spends less time focusing on frivolous themes like violence, drugs, and the objectification of women, and more on universally understood concepts that appeal to all walks of life. Set to the backdrop of DVST8’s sonic canvas, Kamoshin pens in lyrics with the intent of provoking thought amongst his listeners. Believing that being heard is a privilege, Kamoshin refuses to water down his raps or include tasteless content simply because it fits the trends of urban radio. Instead he alternates between the common man’s struggle and creative head-nodding jams reminiscent of hip hop’s golden era. While Kamoshin diligently perfects FD’s lyrical sharpness, DVST8 polishes his turntable skills by collaborating with Smallhead, DeeJay Tanner, E Cue, Wick-it the Instigator, and Blackat Sylvesta as a part of their all-turntablist band known as The Full Hows DJs.
With energetic performance capabilities and strong work ethic, Fluent Dialects clearly stands out among other run-of-the-mill souther