Saturday, November 21, 2015

Bleubird and Table for Three show the future of Florida indie rap (Backbooth)

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 3:17 PM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND

click to enlarge Table for Three at Backbooth - MICHAEL LOTHROP
  • Michael Lothrop
  • Table for Three at Backbooth
The most notable homegrown hip-hop show recently was the alternative-rap showcase headlined by Bleubird (Nov. 19, Backbooth), a Florida underground hero from Ft. Lauderdale whose ties to the 407 go back deep and long enough for honorary citizenship.

click to enlarge Bleubird at Backbooth - MICHAEL LOTHROP
  • Michael Lothrop
  • Bleubird at Backbooth
click to enlarge Bleubird at Backbooth - MICHAEL LOTHROP
  • Michael Lothrop
  • Bleubird at Backbooth
His name still has a lot of cachet here with the hip-hop cognoscenti but, really, this guy should be much bigger already. Even though he’s legitimately indie, this gifted MC packs as much colorful swag as any big-name Southern rapper but with none of the bullshit bravado and 10 times the personality. He’s got so much natural charisma, in fact, that there’s an easy future for him in stand-up or spoken word if this rap thing doesn’t work out.



Bleubird’s been in the game a long time and he’s way overdue for a break. He’s a brilliantly current voice that’s all steeze and originality so now would be a perfect time.

click to enlarge Table for Three at Backbooth - MICHAEL LOTHROP
  • Michael Lothrop
  • Table for Three at Backbooth
Speaking of, local opener Table for Three is also very much now. Aware and progressive, the young conscious-rap trio is the face and sound of today, packing classic skills with modern sensibility and enlightened viewpoint. Ensemble rap is a tricky-ass thing, and this threesome could use a little more tightening on the trades, but they’re sitting on a seriously enviable payload of potential. 

click to enlarge Table for Three at Backbooth - MICHAEL LOTHROP
  • Michael Lothrop
  • Table for Three at Backbooth

click to enlarge Table for Three at Backbooth - MICHAEL LOTHROP
  • Michael Lothrop
  • Table for Three at Backbooth
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