SXSW 2011 (March 17th-19th) (part 2) (re-cap)

Header Photo by: Kwestro

Article by: Mamba

Video Footage by: Mamba

Photos by: Mamba, Mel D. Cole &  Crillmatic

Day 5 (Thurs, March 17th, 2011)

First and foremost, if you missed part 1 of this re-cap series here’s the link  to catch you up to speed:

Thursday started off  late for the Boy-Cott Team, and it ended up being a  short day for footage at that. The first order of business was the Rappers I Know showcase at Beso Cantina.

I arrived at the Beso Cantina at 9p.m, and it was already hard to maneuver my way through the venue. People were really serious about getting to their destination right when the doors open, and then wait up to 6 hrs. just to catch one act. Sounds crazy right? Well, when shows are free people will do absolutely anything to see their favorite artist. Being that I’m a previous Houstonian, I had to make some time to catch up with my Houston people in the place to be. What up H.I.S.D, Damien from The Legendary K.O. and King Coz??!!

The Rappers I Know showcase started out by King Coz banging out some beats on the MPC, and DJ’ing between sets. The first performance I saw was this hip-hop duo from Dallas, TX called A.DD. Now not to start off criticizing, but I was not feeling these guys at all. Throughout their whole set it seemed to be nothing but yells, chants and a lack of original beats. Oh and I can’t tell you how many times I heard the following phrases: “A.DD Hoe!” – “A.DD Hoe! -“A.DD Hoe!” – & SWAG – SWAG – SWAG. Again, this group wasn’t my cup of tea but the kids were loving it.

During the end of their set, Damien had to verbally escort A.DD’s fans off the stage because those kids didn’t seem like they were going to stop with their cheerleader chants. Haaa…Detroit’s own Danny Brown a.k.a. The Hybrid entered the stage with some BANGIN’ beats straight from the “D” to the ATX, and some lyrics of fury. The whole time Danny Brown was rappin’ it felt like I was watching Street Fighter! His style is just so raw, unadulterated, and uncut. Brown was most definitely one of the best performances of the night. Just wait till you ladies and gents see the video at the end of this re-cap. Pure Heat!

The next MC’s were to touch the stage were the seasoned vets – “The Niyat” hailing from Houston, TX. The Niyat are lyrical masters, 5 star generals and I would even put their lyrical skills right next to Wu-Tang. Yes I said Wu-Tang. As a matter of fact check out their project titled – ” The Niyat – Raxus Prime Mixtape” just to verify my legitimacy.  The Niyat left the crowd in a tailspin as they displayed their inquisitive verbs, pro-nouns and adjectives. Once their performance came to a close, I was still processing their lyrics in my head…

The last performance  of the night that I caught was songstress Mela Machinko ft. Pharoahe Monch & Jean Grae.  This is exactly what I needed to hear after hearing  back to back to back MC’s. Her voice was like breath of fresh air and an ice cold brew on a beautiful spring day. With Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae popping out of nowhere as surprise guest, it made the experience memorable.