Body Rock

Riders Against the Storm celebrate one wild EP

It's a family affair.
It's a family affair. (by Noël Pitts)

Last night’s Riders Against the Storm show had all the makings of the dynamic hip-hop duo’s wildly popular Body Rock throwdowns. The difference this round was that the show’s focus wasn’t put on any iconic artist like A Tribe Called Quest or Prince. It was on the Riders themselves.

Inside Stubb’s to celebrate the release of their self-titled EP, RAS’ first collection of songs since 2010 debut Speak the Truth, the married duo of Chaka Mpeanaji and Tiger Lily emerged onto the stage shortly after midnight wearing face paint and bright, flashy clothing. The two stormed through cuts from the two efforts, reeling in drummer Tiny Watkins, bassist Elliot Morgan, ATX transplant DJ Riddlore, and a team of dancers from the Ballet Afrique dance troupe before EP opener “Holy Water” ushered in a full-on party.

From the back of the room, the scene felt a whole lot like the parties the two throw the first Friday of each month. Mpeanaji and Lily are natural party starters, artists capable of keeping their rap flow in the face of quick steps and dynamic dance moves. They feed off each other’s energy, redirect that energy into the crowd in ways that the audience can easily interpret, and know how best to fill out a 40-minute set. Last night RAS employed every trick in the hip-hop book, stretching their sound from raucous tracks like “Satellite” to slow-building grooves like “Shake.”

Mpeanaji closed by reminding everybody still in attendance that this week’s party was just getting started. Friday at the Sahara Lounge, the duo pays tribute to the soul legend Stevie Wonder.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Riders Against the Storm
A New Sound & Vision for RAS
A New Sound & Vision for RAS
Grassroots hip-hop twosome gets serious

Kahron Spearman, April 26, 2017

Remixing Against the Storm
Remixing Against the Storm
Perennial Austin Band of the Year contenders keeps it RE:AL

Kahron Spearman, Jan. 4, 2016

More by Chase Hoffberger
Prosecutors out to Disbar Adam Reposa?
Prosecutors out to Disbar Adam Reposa?
Don Clemmer, Keith Henneke file grievance with State Bar

Jan. 11, 2018

Rodney Reed Returns to Court of Criminal Appeals
Rodney Reed Returns to Court of Criminal Appeals
Bastrop Judge recommends CCA deny latest appeal

Jan. 12, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Riders Against the Storm

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle