This show review is a guest post by Alex Byrd. Follow her on twitter: @_THEMUSE_
Shogun, Adikt Footwear, Unkommon Kolor, and ESPN deserve an infinite amount of daps and chest bumps for harmonizing the best hip-hop sounds of Dallas under one roof this past Sunday.
Every single act killed their sets, sent the audience into another world and we in turn saw first hand what happens when pigs fly and you say hello to earth.
The boisterous collections of sounds manifested into a verbal art form could correct any form of ADD one had prior to entering. I mean, don’t be a sore loser if you were unable to witness the legendary antics; it pays off to be a nice guy.
A.N.T. kick started the show with a few tracks from his newest mixtape, Classics. Every head began to bob a little harder when the first few beats of Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life” dropped. He rapped his song entitled “College Life” while sporting his usual trademark NBA head band. A.N.T., a student of the University of North Texas, enjoys that song because, “it’s a fun track with a lot of energy and everyone who knows anything about college can relate.” He hopes to continue growing his fan base for those who enjoy catchy and relatable music.
The perfect segue between awkward technical difficulties, was the spoken word version of “The Rapture” articulated by Jamil Kelley. This surprising cameo performance was a preview for his EP entitled, Neo Tokyo, due to hit a stereo near you on Thanksgiving Day and for that we are forever thankful.
The young, black, and reckless man himself, K.MC, took the stage soon after Kelley in a refreshing and conversational manner. He performed “The 1st Song,” “Killa is Illa,” “I’m Cool,” and “Fly Attitude” featuring Marie Ferow from his latest mixtape Young, Black, and Reckless. However, the crowd favorite and my personal favorite was the song entitled, “You Don’t Work, You Don’t Eat” featuring Tunk. Old and newly acquainted fans recited the lyrics, “If you don’t work, you don’t eat, you don’t grind you don’t shine” in perfect unison with the track. Straightforward lyrics, crystal clear message, but entertaining nonetheless. They are a great team and I hope to hear additional collaborations between the two of them in the future.
A.Dd+ was next to the stage, and performed “Po my Liqua” from their project Power of the Tongue, and “Brain Sex,” “Mary Go,” “Greedy,” “Smell My Cologne,” and “Goodwill” which will debut on their upcoming project entitled, When Pigs Fly later this year. Their musical ease and delivery as a duo seems nearly impossible, hence their hyperbole album title insinuating that their album will exceed supposed impossibilities. Touche.
The Nice Guys from the “Bayou City” followed as if they were right at home. After experiencing their first live performance, I am protesting that The Nice Guys change their name to The “Amazing” Guys. Christolph, Candlestick, Free, and Yeves ripped the stage in a way that wasn’t so nice. The appropriate adjective would be epic. Not in the cliché sense that hipster kids use the word in, but in the super exclusive way. It was interesting to see them perform outside of their element so to speak. I was a fan before their performance, but now I feel like the next step is to be an endorser. If you were unable to see them at Sunday’s show, you can always listen to their latest album ironically entitled, The Show. Enjoy.
Last but not least were the headliners Sore Losers along with their band, HelloeARTh. The crowd became excited as the lead guitarist, K.Cooks, welcomed everyone with the Monday Night Football theme song. Lead MC Vincent Brown began to rap over “Wanna Be a Baller,” which was made famous by Lil’ Troy. After the exciting renditions, Brandon Blue, the man behind the beats, joined Brown and A.Dd+ in their new hit song, “Likeamug.” The song is backed with captivating beats and fun lyrics, which made for a great beginning. The remainder of the songs were a compilation of tracks from their Freeloaders mixtape, such as “Cooler Than Coach K” with a new and rich jazzy feel. That showed diversity from the original tracks, “Dope”, “8587” and the last song – “Epic Outro” – which just happens to be my favorite due to the sample of Coldplay’s “X&Y.”
There is no excuse for anyone not to have come Sunday unless you were literally on your death bed. As you should, because funeral preparations are necessary. You have not yet lived if you haven’t heard the music that satisfied my eardrums that day.
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