Austin’s Ben Buck first invited Southern California’s Vel Nine for a “Texas Two-Step” tour in 2019, assisted by Spy MC for the San Antonio leg. Since, the steady West Coast artist landed R&B croon “Frutas” on HBO’s Euphoria, under past title Vel the Wonder. Her latest September Freakjet hits harder with a baseball-bat-swinging cover – wrapping timelessly assured hip-hop around nostalgic opening samples from Love & Basketball and A League of Their Own. Gender studies in Nineties sportsmanship smooth the playing field across Lauryn Hill-esque spoken charisma and harsher defenses, oldies soul samples humming throughout.
Friday brings Buck’s third season presenting Vel Nine as booming local outlet Speaker Bump, also continuing a monthly genre-crossing residency at Hole in the Wall (every last Friday) and running cassettes for artists like Deezie Brown, Termanology & Paul Wall, and Vel Nine. On this weekend’s lineup, Buck emails: “I’ve been a fan of Blakchyl ever since I first started attending hip hop events in Austin. Blakchyl’s group Mindz of A Different Kind were one of my earliest influences when I started performing. I met Hellcat at the Vel 9 show at Swan Dive in 2021 and became a fan after booking her for my monthly residency ‘Rhyme Schemes’ last year. I felt both of them fit very well stylistically alongside Vel’s music.” Evolve, Bubs Rubino, Akomplice Beats, Landon Wordswell, and Resonate complete team Flamingo.
Fri., Feb. 17, 8pm. $10 cover or purchase two-for-one advance tickets.