The 3rd Annual Spring Hip Hop Show was most definitely a great showcase of the caliber of talent that Boise has to offer, and all of it free for the community to attend. From Friday through Sunday it did not disappoint. Friday started out with a bang. A local Hip Hop crew Percussive Tongues came correct right away. This performance was a excellent way to kick off what was to come. Percussive Tongues consists of two MCs, Zabian and Writechess. These two had the crowd hyped and ready start off the rest of the weekend.
Raashan Ahmad’s performance Friday was brilliant. His energy and involvement with the audience was ridiculous. He has intense lyrics are 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 Binary Star with himself and Senim Scilla. 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 overflowing with music lovers and you could feel the excitement of the crowd reverberating onto the stage when One Be Lo got on to rock, and rock it he did. Lo not only did an encore but stayed on stage until past last call. One of the live performances I have seen live.
Saturday brought 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, was the last day of the weekend long hip hop shows. After the immensity of 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.
In my opinion there are two performances that stood out most, Exit Prose and P-Dirt.
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 a great performer. Sometimes the two don’t coincide and makes for a terrible show but he worked the crowd and his music spoke for itself, great show. reverbnation
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!
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