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"The Spin"

Hip-hop, hype and Hootie-MuzikMafia may have thought they were eclectic because they brought us “hick-hop,” but they never put on a show as diverse as last HiPhi’s CD release party at The End on Thursday night. Opener Denitia Odigie played solo with just an acoustic, and her gossamer Cat Power-ish vocals kept the audience quiet and attentive, leaving us wondering how much more dynamic she’d be with a full band. Next up were The Levees, who smashed the quiet smoky vibe with their rumbling Louisiana swamp rock. Dan Cohen played some ripping slide guitar, making us feel like we were suddenly on Bourbon Street, especially when the frontman whipped out a trombone. Then, like a record scratch, the mood took another left turn as white-boy rapper HiPhi took the stage to celebrate the release of his self-titled debut. He was backed by Hypemaster Mark Lee (the tracks themselves were produced by Bang Bang Bang’s own Jaren Johnston, credited as J-Bang on the CD), and the Bang boys were there to support the side project (the guest list read Bang Bang Bang +1), bobbing their heads along to the bouncy hooks. Also in attendance were local indie-pop songwriter (and Mark Lee’s brother) Steve Lee and Hootie’s Darius Rucker, who left after unsuccessfully trying to get change for a $100 bill from his friends. Sounds like somebody’s still ballin’ big time! - The Nashville Scene


2000- Philly C
2004- Phillip Presents: The Philanthropist Movement
2007-HiPhi LP
2009- Nothing More To Say



Born in Chicago and raised in Nashville, HiPhi has lived music from
day one. Among his four independently released records, the self-
titled 2007 release was praised by the Nashville Scene for its “bouncy
hooks.” HiPhi produced the record with longtime friend Jaren Johnston
of American Bang, who sang those hooks. He has also co-written songs
with Matt Friction of the Pink Spiders and Denitia Odigie. When
not banging out hot tracks of his own, HiPhi has been known to produce
for other artists, including Jack Dyer, Mack GT and a country-western full length for
Nashville’s own Kevin Neal. As if all this didn’t make him sound busy
and well-rounded enough, know also that HiPhi moonlights as an
independent filmmaker whose work can be seen on his Myspace and YouTube pages. Oh,
and he is also a superhero who rescues kittens from trees long before
fire trucks can reach them. Scratch that last one. Just know that in
spite of his manifold talents, HiPhi never takes himself too seriously
while retaining a serious commitment to making art in all forms.
These days, HiPhi is launching an independent record label called
HiPhidelity and he couldn’t be more excited about this venture. Be
on the lookout for the debut release from this new indie imprint,
HiPhi’s fresh EP, “Nothing More to Say.”