This Week, The D.O.C. Was Ready For This.
Each week, we take a survey of the local music scene and try to determine which acts in town are really putting in work and seeing it pay off. Which bands have the most intriguing shows coming up? Which bands are getting the most press around town? Which bands have accomplished the most notable feats of late? Based off these criteria, our music writers submit a list to be weighted and compiled into a master list revealed each week in this here space. We like to think it's fairly revealing. Check out our previous Buzz Rankings here.
It's no secret that The D.O.C. had himself a hell of a homecoming over the weekend. The first hometown show in some two decades from Dallas' first big hip-hop star was an important occasion to be sure, and one that was reviewed by several out-of-market publications.
The return of his voice or no, the show was as much a Dallas hip-hop family reunion as it was yet another defining moment in this town's hip-hop legacy. It was also more than enough to earn the legend his second-ever No. 1 in our weekly, local music power rankings.
And The D.O.C.'s rising tide is without a doubt one that's raised all ships. Just look at how littered this week's Rankings are with local hip-hop talent.
So, how did they all earn their respective spots?
Erykah Badu, for one, was announced as the host of this year's Soul Train Awards. Meanwhile, Justus pops up on The Game's just-released new LP and the rest of his old Brain Gang crew appeared on DJ Imperial's new mixtape.
Then there was Selena Gomez, who moved a ton of units this week, selling enough copies of her new solo LP in its first week to land atop the Billboard 200. Her fellow ex-Disney star Demi Lovato, meanwhile, slayed on SNL to help promote her own new album.
Elsewhere: The Spree celebrated its 15th anniversary; VIDEO and Power Trip teased new albums; Edie Brickell and Steve Martin made a new music video; and Ten Hands will help The Prophet celebrate its 30th anniversary this weekend.
(Also receiving votes this week: -topic, Lil Wil, Quebe Sisters, Troy Cartwright, Fat Pimp, Lord Byron, Mothership, These Machines Are Winning, Jessie Frye, Jay Luse, The Unlikely Candidates, Coach Tev, Xes, Larry g(EE), Koolquise, Playdough, Post Malone, The Travoltas, The Azalea Project, J. Oliver, Wax Ruins.)