DPS / LP2
Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, Fri., Aug. 9, 2013
Adam "P-Tek" Protextor presides over Tuesday Austin Mic Exchanges at the Spider House Ballroom. It's the largest ongoing open-mic cypher this city's got going, and he raps like he's constantly trying to one-up the MC that spat before him. On DPS/LP2, his second CD, the Iowa native emerges dynamic and hysterical ("Wet My Whistle"), locking into intense flows on one track before flipping the script entirely on the next. Tek's cooled-out "Purple Nurple" represents the only outlier: a chunky, faded cruiser amidst a dozen twists and turns, all of which arrive on local producer Egon's busy electronic beats. P-Tek fills those dozen with a gang of local talent (Tee-Double, Mike Davis, Doc Deuce, fellow Space Camp Death Squadman Doc Brown), and enough pop culture references (Spice Girls, Vanilla Ice's "Ninja Rap," the "just the tip" line) to keep casual ears tuned in.