Monday, March 9, 2015

This Little Underground: Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock & Rob Sonic) at the Social

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 11:24 AM

click to enlarge Hail Mary Mallon at the Social - JAMES DECHERT
  • James Dechert
  • Hail Mary Mallon at the Social

For its first sold-out event, Swamburger Presents hosted Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic, otherwise known as alt-rap supergroup Hail Mary Mallon (Mar. 5, The Social). This project packs the kind of exponential potential that happens when two MCs who are also noted producers join forces. Despite their conceptual tendencies, their live vibe jumped with an original roots kind of fire.

click to enlarge Hail Mary Mallon at the Social - JAMES DECHERT
  • James Dechert
  • Hail Mary Mallon at the Social

It wasn’t always the tightest rap clinic around, but the spirit was hot and true. Adding serious heat to the performance was Rhymesayers gunslinger DJ Abilities (of Eyedea & Abilities), whose stone-cold, no-headphones cuts were given lots of nice spotlight to flex.

click to enlarge DJ Abilities at the Social - JAMES DECHERT
  • James Dechert
  • DJ Abilities at the Social

Under the spell of collective force like this, the capacity crowd was in their palms, ready to go wherever with them. In mainstream days like these, it’s good to be reminded that the truth and pulse of the hip-hop underground is not just still very much alive but here.

click to enlarge Hail Mary Mallon at the Social - JAMES DECHERT
  • James Dechert
  • Hail Mary Mallon at the Social

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