SXSW 2013 Spreadsheet 103:
This Friday night set is anchored by the magically voiced R&B singer Josephine and five rap acts that span from coast to coast with one hailing from Halifax Canada. Highlights:
Jamieson (5) – Jamieson is a UK rapper by way of the hip hop Mecca, New York City. He’s a storyteller rapper that spits emotionally bare and honest songs. He’s released three albums in his I Came, I Saw series of mixtapes. Check out his newest on his SoundCloud.
Jesse Dangerously (6) – Halifax rapper Jesse Dangerously is associated with nerdcore hip hop but doesn’t have a nauseatingly laser focus on one facet of nerd-dom, be it computers, comic books, television shows, or whatever, that most nerdcore rappers do. He looks like a nerd, but so do a lot of indie musicians. What sets Dangerously, the self described Genuine Independent Rap Legend, apart from the musicians he’s often lumped together with he’s all over the place in the best way. He has a stream of conscience flow that recalls Buck 65’s early delivery. He doesn’t have the clearest flow which caused me to miss the clever word play which is on full display on his newest album, Humble & Brilliant, when I checked him out last year.
J Nics (6) –Miami rapper J Nics has a classic southern sound and wears his influences on his sleeves, none more than Houston rap legend Z-Ro. Like Ro, J Nics raps straightforward bars about life, weed, and rap. He has a clear almost spoken flow that rides his soul sampling beats.
K.O. Boyz (7) – The K.O. Boyz are twin rappers from Dallas with rock heavy beats, both New Money Menace and Hot Boy Hooligan have a polished flow and effortlessly trade bars back and forth.
Hieroglyphics (8) – The Hieroglyphics crew are indie rap veterans from Oakland. There isn’t a weak rapper in the bunch, they haven’t released new material in a while but their output to date is all classic west coast hip hop.
Josephine (9) – British singer Josephine has a beautiful voice and her catchy pop songs have a vintage timeless sound. Her 2012 album Portrait doesn’t have a weak track on it. Her voice should garner a large following as she becomes better known in the US. Catch her in Austin to say you saw her magnetic live show way back when.