The crowd at Subterranean endured the elements Monday night for this hip-hop show. First a long line of waiting in the rain to get in then and hour later than expected the first act went on. Fans packed the main floor and lined the balcony at Subterranean for the hip-hop show. Sweaty and wet they waited, some sipped on PBR’s, others with giant x’s on both hands crowded around their of age companions. Was it worth the wait? Of course it was!
Seattle’s The MC Type took to the stage to get everyone warmed up with his songs about drinking, drugs and ladies. “I’m a 30 yr old sandwich maker, of course I do drugs!” as his fans agreed in applause. His set was fast, but he did take some time out to give a shout-out to a friend in the audience who was getting married. Also to say, “I’m about to say the most feared words from anyone on stage. Can I do something acapella?” As he had the crowd place their left hand on their heart and their right in the air to pledge to never perform a rhyme acapella. His last song, a major crowd pleaser was for his, “mancrush”, his love for Grieves.
Minneapolis based DJ Fundo and Prof came next and lubricated the crowd better than their $4 tall boys. Performing a plethora of songs including, “Karma”,”Rules”, “Superstyle”, and “Elephant”. One of my favorites is the song, “Whiskey” a bluesy tune about his mistress, the wonderful adult beverage. The track he said was supposed to be part of an album with Minneapolis hip-hop artist, Atmosphere. With a sharp tongue and a wit to match, Prof proved himself to stand as one of hip-hop’s underground great talents.
Grieves and Budo took the stage to an overwhelming crowd full of cheers performing “Bloody Poetry”. The set was fast, furious and spot on. The duo kept the songs coming one after another taking time to thank the crowd for coming out on a Monday night. At one point Grieves grabbed a giant stuffed animal large mouth bass, “This is stuffed bass, Gary Busey.” The duo performed old favorites like “Scar Gardens” , “Irreversible” and “I Ate Your Soul” along with plenty of tracks from their new album, Together/Apart. At one point they had a handful of cheap plastic sunglasses tossed down from the balcony to the sea of fans below. The crowd rapped to every song word-for word with Grieves. Fans? No, these people are followers, worshipers of the church of Grieves and Budo. Consider me converted. Hand me the Nike’s and pass the Kool-Aid.
The energy that Grieves and Budo bring on stage can not be matched and is highly contagious. To see for yourself, check out the Together/Apart tour.