SXSW 2012 Spreadsheet 24:
The hip hop, world, and soul group is very diverse even among acts in the same genre. We’ve got four artists that all but their own unique spin on hip hop in this group and also a solid world music entry. Here are the highlights:
A.Dd+ (7): Dallas’ A.Dd+ is often compared to Outkast and they’ve definitely got that Southernplayalistic soulful vibe Georgia’s finest captures though A.Dd+ is a bit more syrupy. When they slow it down A.Dd+ really shines.
Ancient Astronauts (6): The Ancient Astronauts took their name from an idea that aliens came to Earth in ancient times, and they certainly sound other worldly. Their spacey soundscapes are food for beat heads and they’ve worked with a growing list of influential artists.
Baloji (6): Belgian rapper Baloji returned to his home, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, to record his album “Kinshasa Succursale” which uses Congolese instruments mixed with Baloji’s poetic rapping. The result is an inspired album that provides insight to the artist and his two homes.
Bliss N Eso (10): Bliss N Eso have spent the last few years perfecting their delivery and it shows when they effortlessly trade bars back and forth. Their sound is approachable and draws the listener in as they share their lives and influences through their lyrics.
Blitz the Ambassador (9): Brooklyn rapper Blitz the Ambassador is a Ghanaian-American rapper who records and performs with a live band. Both of his studio albums are great front to back, his international point of view and polished band make Blitz a true artist in hip hop.