SXSW 2013 Spreadsheet 128:
This Sunday afternoon hip hop and R&B set is headlined by two distinctly different, talented young bands out of New York, filling out the set are emerging and established hip hop acts from coast to coast. Highlights:
Passalacqua (5) – Passalacqua is a laid back rap duo, Mister and Blacksmith out of Detroit. Their lyrics are introspective and the mcs trade bars effortlessly back and forth with a slow deliberate flow.
The Pharcyde (6) – The Pharcyde are a classic indie hip hop group from California, their albums are classics among backpack rap fans. The group has gone through some personnel changes over the years but the remaining members still bomb stage after stage with soul sampling beats and spacey delivery that has influenced a generation of rappers.
Propain (6) – Houston rapper Propain is a classic Texas lyricist that raps with a thick Southern drawl. His honest bars, like on the introspective single The Note, and soul infused beats have been garnering him attention from fans and labels alike.
R3venge Of The Nerds (6) – R3venge of The Nerds is an L.A. R&B group that collaborated initially just for fun and their light hearted lyrics reflect that beginning. The group has a smooth developed sound that could make them a huge group as their songwriting matures.
Ray C (6) – San Antonio rapper Ray C.’s sound is informed by the Texas rappers whose style he is influenced by. His flow is polished and his songs have a carefree demeanor highlighted by his soulful rock leaning production. His Loose Change mixtape is a solidly cohesive album from beginning to end.
Ratking (7) – Hip hop group Ratking captures the gritty style that defined NYC indie rap in the 90s while adding dark ominous production that separates the group the artists that preceded them. From the material to date, Wiki and his sharp nasally flow is the standout of the group which also includes fellow rapper Hak, and producers Ramon and Sporting Life. The EP seems to just scratch the surface of what the group has to offer, look out for the group’s upcoming full length.
Phony Ppl (8) – Phony Ppl are a young collective of artists, the group pairs hip hop and soul on their newest album Nothing Special and their music conveys infectious creative energy.