Mint Lab Astronauts “Lounge” LIVE

The last weekend show we went to this month: Chicago duo Mint Lab Astronauts, opening up for Dreamville Records’ Bas over at one of the dope local spots for hip hop in the heart of Wicker Park, Subterranean.

My homie Mike and I met up with Maks & Heather inside Sub-T at the perfect time: about 20 minutes before M.L.A.’s set, giving us just enough time to settle in, say whattup to the Astronauts (I actually ran into j.pak outside), and get ready to film their 7-song performance.

The fans there for Bas were already there expecting good lyricism and that’s just what they got about 30 minutes before when M.L.A. performed “Lounge”, featured above. As the song title suggests, the chill vibe was a perfect, smooth backdrop for pak.one to spit first, j.pak immediately following with his long verse, and the two together to close it out for the song’s highest energy point. The audio has a raw, live feel to it, that combined with the lighting and the general underground mood of Sub-T, brings me back to a similar feeling of watching 90s hip hop in 8 Mile. And if you read this far, you’ve already seen how Maksim put down the edit with a kaleidoscope lens providing cool looks at the duo and matching their vibe and aesthetic.

The Astronauts continued to rock a set filled with a mix of hype records and lyrical chill records, that earned them a compliment from Bas after the show (wherein j.pak also poked his beard). We stayed all the way til close to see Bas’ one-hour set that featured a great amount of crowd engagement and a surprise guest appearance from Chicago’s own Dreamville representa: Omen. It capped off a refreshing night of good, raw hip hop.

Omen, pak.one, Bas, j.pak

Omen, pak.one, Bas, j.pak

However, the night was far from over. As Bas’ set concluded, it was only 11 o’clock so our group of 4 wandered out into Wicker Park with no agenda other than to score some tacos. We did, twice. First, right away at the Flash Taco stand. Then immediately after at Big Star where we can sit down and enjoy some tilapia in the tacos. Ha! Though our late dinner convo steered in other directions, it eventually came back to my friend Mike — a first-time listener of Mint Lab — coming away impressed with their energy and asking where he could find more of their music. facebook.com/MintLabAstronauts — and that goes for everybody!

pak.one | Photo: Maksim

pak.one | Photo: Maksim

j.pak | Photo: Maksim

j.pak | Photo: Maksim

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Mint Lab Astronauts w/ fans | Photo: Maksim

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Originally posted at 8:39pm.