Friday, March 23, 2018

Fake Four artists rule a night of rap that breaks all the rules

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 2:13 PM

click to enlarge Ceschi at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ceschi at Will's Pub
THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
Ceschi, Onry Ozzborn, Moodie Black, Esh and E-Turn, Will’s Pub, Mar. 21

What did I tell you about Orlando-based promoter Endoxa Booking emerging as an unlikely but manifest alternative-rap force in the city? This prime bill is the latest in probably the most consistent string of forward rap shows going in town right now.
click to enlarge Ceschi at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ceschi at Will's Pub
click to enlarge Ceschi at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ceschi at Will's Pub
Practically a family affair for hyper-progressive hip-hop label Fake Four, the showcase was anchored by co-founder Ceschi, a rapper as unbound by hip-hop convention as they come. To wit, he began his performance completely offstage, seated on the floor at the back of the room with an acoustic guitar like some extempore folk campfire. From there, he traveled far and wide, sonically and physically, moving from floor to stage and back again.
click to enlarge Ceschi at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ceschi at Will's Pub
click to enlarge Ceschi at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ceschi at Will's Pub
click to enlarge Ceschi at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ceschi at Will's Pub
On paper, what Ceschi does can be dizzying in its scope and fusion. Live, though, it all clicks in a rare gestalt of style, message and delivery. It’s the kind of deep phenomenon that’s more the stuff of cult than mere following.
click to enlarge Onry Ozzborn at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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  • Onry Ozzborn at Will's Pub
The rest of the bill was as varied as it was interesting. Credentialed underground rap figure Onry Ozzborn dropped some funky murk. Boston MC Esh rocked his anti-swag with humor, character and some nice live flourishes like keyboards and drum.
click to enlarge Esh at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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  • Esh at Will's Pub
click to enlarge Esh at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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  • Esh at Will's Pub
click to enlarge Esh at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Esh at Will's Pub
As for local flamethrower E-Turn - after this, and this, and this - what more can I possibly say about her? At this point, if I gush any more, she could put out a restraining order on me.
click to enlarge E-Turn at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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  • E-Turn at Will's Pub
But there is some significant news to share about this exceptional homegrown talent. As of this year’s recent SXSW, she’s now a made woman on the official Fake Four roster.
click to enlarge E-Turn at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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  • E-Turn at Will's Pub
Being on one of the most vanguard hip-hop labels in the game is a serious milestone, and E-Turn is the newest star in a constellation that’s included real pioneers like Ceschi himself, Astronautalis, Sadistik, Busdriver, Bleubird and Onry Ozzborn. It’s taken longer than we predicted but it’s starting to happen for her. Told you she was going places.
click to enlarge E-Turn at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • E-Turn at Will's Pub
Even amid all that, though, the most transfixing performance came from L.A. noise-rap duo Moodie Black. From their music and presentation, this was the act that piqued my sixth sense the most on this roster. Turns out, the intrigue that they put out there is accurate but only partial. Live, it’s enveloping, a storm of total mystique and onslaught.
click to enlarge Moodie Black at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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  • Moodie Black at Will's Pub
In pitch darkness save for a projection screen playing vaguely menacing footage, K Death weaves a cadence of conflict and anguish, an apposite delivery for a non-binary view of a hostile world. All set to the industrial terror of a death shuffle and guitars that rage with screaming torment, this is hip-hop brinkmanship par excellence. And it’s staggering. For the finale, Ceschi joined them on stage and both MCs threw down until finally receding to guitarist Sean Lindahl’s wall of noise, a monolith of sound that squalls like Orthrelm in a shoegaze blizzard.
click to enlarge Moodie Black at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Moodie Black at Will's Pub
Moodie Black brought the most concept and execution of the entire night. Gripping and inspired, they’re one of the most powerful and relevant voices in underground music right now. With the modern breakout of acts like Death Grips and Ho99o9, the darkness of Moodie Black could finally see some crucial daylight. And their biggest step toward that may just happen next week with the April 6th Fake Four release of Lucas Acid, a new album that is K Death’s open reckoning with being a person of both color and transgender. Meet the sight and sound of the zeitgeist.

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