The 3rd Annual Spring Hip Hop Show was most definitely a great showcase of the caliber of talent that Boise has to offer. From Friday through Sunday it did not disappoint. Friday started out with a bang. A local Hip Hop crew Percussive Tongues went hard. This performance was a excellent way to kick off what was to come. Percussive Tongues consists of two dope MCs Zabian and Writechess.These two had the crowd hyped and ready start off the rest of the weekend.
Another great performance Friday night was Raashan Ahmad. His energy and involvement with the audience was ridiculous. He killed it! He has great lyrics backed with feel good music that leaves the listener hyped and ready for more.
Last but most definitely not least, One Be Lo, who is part of the duo with himself and Senim Scilla, making up the group Binary Star. He mixed it up a bit performing songs from some of his solo albums and snippets of Binary Star songs (Like Reality Check). The Reef was packed and you could feel the excitement of the crowd when One Be Lo got on to rock the stage, and rock it he did. Lo not only did an encore but stayed on stage until past last call! One of the best performers I have seen live.
Saturday of the Hip Hop shows line up was the Chicharones, Whiskey Blanket, Arthur Maddox, Dedicated Servers, and Oso Negro. The night was filled with some brilliant local and outside hip hop.
Whiskey Blanket was one of my favorite performances of the night. The group is lively and entertaining on all fronts. The music is great and the fact that they play live instruments is a win in my book. Whiskey Blanket is a trio from Boulder, Colorado. The group consists of Sloppy Joe (Joe Lessard) who is an emcee and violinist, Funny Biz (Jordan Polovina) who is an emcee and cellist, and Steakhouse (Steven Pampel) who emcees and is a DJ and producer. All three members are classically trained musicians, and they regularly incorporate live piano, cello, and violin into their performances and recordings. Facebook.
Arthur Maddox did his thing on Saturday as well. He is another local artist that has been making music and interested in hip-hop for a long time now and it shows. His aggressive approach and style of rapping reminds me of Atmosphere, this is holding the bar high, so hopefully he continues what he is doing and growing as an artist. Reverbnation. Facebook.
Sunday, May 20th was the last day of the weekend long hip hop show which was free! After the enormity or talent on Friday and Saturday, Sunday did not fail to impress. Sunday was jam packed with local MCs and Hip Hop groups. There was six different performances and everyone brought their A game.
I have got to say there are three performances that stood out the most. Exit Prose, P-Dirt, and Illumneye who were a last minute addition to the lineup that weekend.
Exit Prose brought full on love for the music to the table. He is an articulate MC who keeps coming back with first-rate music. He has shared the stage with countless well known artists so the fact that he did the free Sunday show says something about his devotion to his music. He is another artist who is also a great performer. Sometimes the two do not coincide and makes for a terrible show but he worked the crowd and his music spoke for itself, great show. reverbnation
The last performance I want to touch on is the sudden addition to the new local group Illumneye. The group consists of Mawk (Collin Pfeifer), Zabian (Zack Lyons), Elmer (Hawk Sahlein), Edable (Ed Kottraba) and their producer John Weighn (Chris Chistopherson). Between the five of them they have all bases covered. Each individual MC has their own style but each meshes well with the other which is hard to do in a group larger than two. Also their producer John Weighn has created some, off the wall, excellence, when it comes to these guys’ instrumentals. The performance was put together well, which can be hard with so many people together on stage. These guys are great lyricists. I hope to see more of them in the future.
If you missed out on this show, “I feel bad for you son”. Haha, I got you local Hip Hop lovers! If you have a facebook go and “Like” Boise Hip Hop for information and upcoming shows. Also big shout out to Henry out at the Reef for letting us here at the University Pulse Cover the show and also to Anthony Noriega for bringing some great artists out here and promoting the hell out of Boise Hip Hop. Much love and support to and from everyone involved.
Lastly! Go and “like” my DJ page Hip Hop Love Affair for more updates on anything and everything Hip Hop going down here in Idaho. Until next time! Peace!