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.
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.
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
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