Necessary Poet, Dorian, Fiti Futuristic, Subsurface, DaFilled, Twilight Sentinels
United States of Mind
Saturday, Jan. 29
Some people don't like live hip-hop without a backing band, but when a show has great slam poets like last Saturday night's event at the Mind, the live band is barely missed. Dafilled delivered the Word at USOM on Saturday.
Twilight Sentinels compensated with intelligent lyrics and got poetically naked like anti-thug MC Sage Francis. Their beats had classic warmth and nasty static from some jazzy Yusef Lateef samples. Subsurface took the anti-thug sentiment a little further and railed on 96.3's puppetry airplay, and Fiti Futuristic had the crowd bouncin' to some beats.
Poets Dorian and "The Necessary Poet" Ike Boyd of the Undefeatable Beats lifted the crowd without resorting to vinyl. While the bulk of the delivery was relatively subdued spoken word, their screams and gospel interjections could've rivaled amateur night at the Apollo.
DaFilled stole the show with a live band that included a violin, among other things. Imagine gospel-themed MCs rapping over songs you might hear during "The Quiet Storm" on 106.7. Toss in some jazzy keys and an alto diva and it's almost like Erykah Badu. The group gave a revival during "Stop Dreaming."
At the end of the set, the main MC's gospel runs were fantastic. He even remained on the floor in prayer while the night's host, MC Rahlo of Blacksoil Project, began an informal freestyle cipher with the evening's acts. Once these MCs' solid lyrical skills get coupled with instruments, Indy's music scene will have some knockout lineups.