A.Dd+, galleryCat, The Mohicans, Quez
February 24, 2012
Local rap duo A.Dd+ and their DJ Sober have enjoyed one of the most eventful years of any Dallas area act and last Friday night they said goodbye to their loyal local fans as they prepare to hit the road on a US tour over the next month or so. With momentum on a steady increase since last year’s release of When Pigs Fly, A.Dd+ proved that night that they have developed the swagger and polish to get up in front of a crowd in any market.
From following A.Dd+ for the last two or so years, it’s been exciting to track their progress, both in skill and confidence. They are indeed ready for prime time and the pair of Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun carry themselves like the stars that they are. From the first notes of the opening song “Brain Sex” it was clear that this would be another of A.Dd+’s near flawless sets. Both rappers sounded crystal clear over Dada’s sound system, which amplified just how good each of these guys is on the mic. Paris evokes a smooth and solid image when he spits, the group’s anchor. Slim on the other hand, takes a different approach to his own lyrical virtuosity and acts as the group’s live wire with antics like donning a pair of LED glasses for half of the set. Friday night Both possess the prowess to be considered true professionals, a fact that will surely bear fruit when they begin the Claps and Slaps Tour opening for Detroit rapper/producer Black Milk this Friday at Brooklyn’s The Knitting Factory.
These guys may just be famous by the time that they roll back to the Big D.
Set highlights included the Black Milk-produced “Insomniac Dreaming,” the ode to stoner woes and recent crowd fave “Can’t Come Down” and the live debut of their latest song “Sh*t Got Crazy.” The customary onslaught of local rappers that hit the stage when A.Dd+ plays “Likeamug” was just as intense as ever. The Dada audience was whipped into a frenzy, with chants of “ADDHOE” breaking out twice during their 45-minute set.
A.Dd+ aren’t the only ones whose live show has experienced some polish. Dallas Observer Music Awards winners The Mohicans made the trip from college in Lubbock to open and performed with a level of virtuosity that we haven’t yet seen from them. And with one of the duo, Devan Bernard aka Kashus Klay, graduating this year, we’re excited at the prospect of this talented group taking aim at music full-time.
galleryCat also presented the audience with a solid set with the backing of his customary band. And although he was obviously hobbled by illness, galleryCat delivered a rousing and energetic 40+ minutes of energy, with the flashes of sickness only obvious as he wound down between songs. The emotional ode to the music he loves “Hip Hop, Save Me” and the upbeat “Say Say Say” were the crowd favorites, and they thanked him for devoting his energy the way he did even though he was clearly way under the weather.
The city of Dallas is obviously proud of A.Dd+ and those at Dada were buzzing at the prospect of what the next month holds for them. They seemed poised for a takeover. Towards the end of their set, Paris casually announced “we’re getting ready to go on our first national tour,” like that some rite of passage that all rappers must do. We all know that the terms “rap group” and “national tour” do not necessarily go hand in hand, but A.Dd+ is out to prove that things are indeed changing.
Personal bias: I may or may not be an A.Dd+ groupie. When people showed up to the venue with the kind of homemade signs that you’d see at an NBA game, I must admit that I was jealous that I didn’t do anything so public to show my support before they left town. So here’s a show review.
Random note: Fans of A.Dd+ or their live show should know by now that “Likeamug” has become a bit of a local hip-hop anthem, always rousing the crowd to a frenzy and always including a stage party with guest rappers joining in the fun. Wonder if the song will be as much of a live show staple when they hit the road.
By the way: The first performer of the night, Quez, is someone who I know very little about, but he put on a solid performance. Didn’t see him after his set, but would like to learn more about him. Hit me up @enoch11 if you have any insight.
1) Brain Sex
2) Po’ My Liqua
4) Insomniac Dreaming
5) Can’t Come Down
6) Sh*t Got Crazy
7) Mary Go
9) Jumper Cables
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.
You can get in touch with Alex Byrd, author of this review on Twitter at @_THEMUSE_
Ed. note - This review was logged by guest blogger Alexandria Byrd. With any luck we’ll see more of her work here at NTXhiphop and beyond! Check her account of Friday night’s Sore Losers show at a Denton house party.
Bizarre Birthday Celebration
Brisk Denton air transforms into thick, human-generated heat as the front door swings ajar. Samplings of the electronica pop group, Metronomy is looping the lyrics “you’ve got a thing for me”, over addictive, house music-inspired beats. It’s as if I’m among the “1,000 Zombies Marching,” pun intended. The two masterminds leading this mindless trance of instrumental lyricism are Dallas’ own, Vincent Brown and Brandon Blue, or more commonly known as the hip-hop group, Sore Losers.
This particular experience was ironically the most crowded, yet pleasantly intimate performance I have ever encountered. They performed the usual crowd pleasers—“8587 (Birthday),” “Dope,” “Black Sheep”—along with additional songs from their newest mixtape entitled, “Freeloaders: The Soundtrack.” The Dallas Observer‘s 4th Best Local Song of 2009, “Bizarre Celebrations” was performed alongside the remixer of that track, Fizzy Dino Pop [Ed.-whose birthday was among the cause for celebration], as well.
I was unable to decipher between loyal fans and newly engaged ones due to the intriguing nature of the songs and environment. Every single body is suspended in constant movement to Blue’s unique fusion of sounds paired with Brown’s profound lyrics. Sore Losers is a conglomerate blend of bluesy, alternative, “I-can’t-quite-put-my-finger-on-what-it-is” style of music accompanied with honest and sometimes humorous lyrics. It’s refreshing to relieve my ears of homogenous Dallas hip-hop that’s comparable to polyphonic ring tones. For those attending the next performance on March 14th at Andy’s Bar, I recommend shoes that are conducive to constant jumping and dancing; you will thank me later.
- Alexandria Byrd
Expecting Timbaland to go all hip-hop and you’d have been disappointed. If you like autotune though, or are studying for a degree in pop music, then this shindig was right up your alley.
Source: the other side of the grapevine