Houston Hip-Hop Star Offers Sneak Peek of Upcoming Album with Delicious New Single

LOCAL QUEER HIP-HOP artist Jonathan Harris, known by his stage persona Nate Drop, spent a lot of the pandemic thinking about cornbread. Or, more so what cornbread means to him: family, both chosen and by blood. His new single "Cornbread," released earlier this month, homages that delectable and buttery confection and all of its familial significance.


"During the quarantine, I reflected on what was important," says Nate Drop, who says his mom would always make it for him while he was growing up. "And that was family — your chosen family as well."

On the track, produced by John Allen Stephens of Third Coast Recording Co., Nate Drop raps with smooth lyricism that is, indeed, pretty tasty: "Got you a seat at the table / One day is a scratch on the eight-ball / That's cornbread to me / That's what family means."

The song is the second release this year from an upcoming full-length album that Nate Drop has been working on with Stephens, set to come out early next year — pending a more positive prognosis for the ongoing pandemic.

Like many artists right now, Nate Drop has been sitting on his new music a bit, since all of 2020's uncertainty makes it hard to predict the best time to release new music. He's one to sit on records anyway, though. "I like taking my time with the records because I feel like it makes me feel like I'm more proud of it by the end of it," he says.

This record isn't necessarily a bad one for Nate Drop to stew over a bit. Titled Maps, it's all about the young hip-hop artist's journey of self-discovery.

"As I age, I get a little more in touch with myself, and that is reflected in my records. I've learned what it means to be myself in the times that we're living in," muses Nate Drop of the content on his new record. "I'm basically putting together all of these experiences I've had, and drawing a map that leads to myself."

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Abbie Preston Edmonson gives a special presentation this weekend

DESPITE SOME APRIL showers, there's still plenty of fun to be had! From art-centric and Earth Day activities to family-friendly fests, check out a rundown of the weekend's best bets.

LEARN FROM AN ARTIST Tune in tonight for an hour-long talk by ceramicist and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft resident artist Abbie Preston Edmonson about her creative process. She'll give a virtual presentation about her work and a special demonstration in her studio space.

Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez (photo by Kimberly Park)

TAKE A VIRTUAL PAINTING LESSON OR COOKING CLASS Be inspired by the great state of Texas during a virtual painting lesson hosted by Honey Art Cafe on Friday night. For only $20, stream a two-hour virtual lesson and make a series of stylized mini paintings inspired by West Texas and Big Bend National Park. Honey Art Cafe also has supply kits available for purchase for beginners or artists low on supplies.

And if painting isn't quite your speed, see what you can cook up in the kitchen! Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez leads a "date night" cooking lesson for couples on Friday at 6:30pm. Hosted at the restaurant, the socially distanced demonstration, which costs $150, includes a reception, followed by an interactive demonstration and seated dinner.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY! Join the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center from 10am-4pm on Saturday for a fun- and information-filled day! Explore informative booths, nature hikes, fun displays in the Discovery Room, and Earth-friendly take-home activities. Or join Discovery Green on Sunday from 12-5pm, when the park will screen a series of short films about Houston's environment, host a panel about February's freeze, and showcase a live painting demo by local artists working on murals to decorate the park.

GO ON AN OUT-OF-THIS WORLD ADVENTURE Fifty-one years ago, the Apollo 13 crew splashed down safely back on Earth after their famously harrowing mission to the moon and back. Space Center Houston is celebrating that anniversary on Saturday, hosting two livestreamed panel discussions with current NASA experts as well as Apollo-era legends.And now through May 2, local NASA and Apollo 13 fans can check out the center's new spring exhibition, titled "Apollo: When We Went to the Moon," that looks at the legacy of the Apollo era through the lens of the engineers and astronauts who actually lived the experience.

FIND FUN AT THE INTERNATIONAL KIDS FEST Traders Village hosts Kids Fest on Sunday, with games, activities, interactive shows, live music, acrobats, magicians, clowns and more. Parking is $5, but the event itself is free, sure to keep the whole family entertained from 12-4pm.

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