Saturday, May 23, 2015

[Day After Writeup] Blue The Misfit At RED 7

Dallas and Austin hip hop linked up under one roof downtown last night in the Red River District. A lot of attention has been brought to the Triple D's hip hop scene with recent acts like Post Malone & A.Dd+ among others bringing a national spotlight to the North Texas hip-hop scene. Two of its most buzzing emcees in Blue The Misfit and -topic made the trip down south to the Texas capitol to represent for the City of Hate at Red 7. There were a lot of up and coming Austin artists taking the stage as well, not to mention a psychedelic rock concert going on in the backyard.

With Transmission Events & Red Bull Sound Select promoting the show plus free tacos with chips and salsa in the building courtesy of Platypus Promotions and Keep Austin Live Productions, it was already jumping by the time GoDJ Knowledge took a break from spinning to introduce Soulfresca. Their energetic performance set the tone for the night, with Capn Kirk taking the stage next. Accompanied by Rudi Devino of SubKulture Patriots and $. of The LOEGz, Kirk showed why he's been on a lot of local's radar as an ATX hip-hop act to keep your eye out for. Sertified went on after him and represented the Die Slo camp as one of the Austin underground's most unique acts. He warmed the stage up for Kydd Jones of the LNS Crew, who brought his brother Tank out to rock with him. Kydd and Tank have been killing mics in Austin for years and listeners got to experience Kydd playing a lot of new songs off his upcoming album GR33D.

By the time -topic took the stage, it was clear that a high bar had been sent and -topic delivered an impassioned performance with fellow Team From Nowhere member KoolQuise. The two showed why their reputation as Deep Ellum backpack rappers is well deserved as they presented their brand of indie hip-hop to residents of the Bat City. Blue The Misfit closed out the show with his high energy and electronic tinged production, donning a mask and even bringing out Austinite Dre Prince for a guest performance. All in all, DFW and ATX showed that there is a lot of talent in the hip-hop scene in Texas outside of Houston and don't be surprised if you see some of these artists pop up on some very big stages in the future.

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