Making a Splash

I knew it was going to rain yesterday but that obviously wasn’t going to stop the pursuit of smoked chicken, open bars, and low vibrations. And there I was, two blackberry somethings deep, telling my stomach “we’re not done here” as I worked on a plate from BBQ Heaven when the rain started bouncing. I threw on what I thought was a rain jacket to find I had apparently packed a wind breaker. Super. Sopping wet, I had to take it back to HQ and regroup. With the Mass Appeal BBQ and Spotify House now out of the question, I looked to my compass that is the SXSW pocket guide. I missed Pell’s spot at Spotify because of the rain but saw he’d be at Peter Rosenberg’s ICM Showcase at Highland, so I highlighted a few shows in the area and took it downtown.

I was pretty bummed about missing the big parties, but reminded myself of the SXSW I use to think of a few years ago – a place where artists, whether buzzing or trying to make a splash, are given the opportunity to do their thing and share it with an audience who’s looking for that scratch to an itch they haven’t reached before. Now I won’t play it off like I haven’t heard of Pell or Boogie – Pell’s “Eleven:11” and Boogie’s “Bitter Raps” both see heavy rotation when I’ve got the aux chord – but the opportunity to see an artist on the rise in a intimate setting is invaluable to someone who frequents shows.

If you find yourself at SXSW, I highly recommend getting out to the smaller showcases. Go places you’ve never been. See the artists you’ve heard of but never seen, and stick around for a couple acts. Support the people doing what they love. Seriously check your cool at the door, let loose and have some fun.


Boogie “Bitter Raps”

This is hands down some of the greatest material to come out as of late. Much like Boogie talks about, today’s rap game is really full of a lot sound-alike rappers. It’s like all these rappers are old news without even coming out yet. Crazy right? But I commend the talented individuals like Boogie here who not only preach but practice creativity. Be you, and quit tryna sound like what you think is “hot” because in actuality, it’s really not. Hip Hop music heads, listeners, appreciators, whatever…do yourself a favor and get in tune with a Boogie, a real MC. Enjoy his video for “Bitter Raps” above and stream his latest collection ‘Thirst 48‘ below. Shouts to factmag.

‘Bitter Raps’ is the centerpiece of the promising newcomer’s debut mixtape, ‘Thirst 48’. Boogie emerged earlier this year with Thirst 48, a stunning debut in the Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City tradition. The tape’s highlight is ‘Bitter Raps’, a laidback list of complaints that targets social media, sound-alike rappers and the potholes of daily life; in kind, the song’s video is a gorgeously-shot collection of hood flick footage.