Tuesday SXSW Showcases

First night hangs – showcases!

Lil Sicc
Lil Sicc

ATX Hip-Hop Showcase

Flamingo Cantina

From introspective rhymesayers, political fodder wordsmiths, or party lifers, hip-hop is alive and well in the local music mecca. Donned in his Supreme gear, 19-year-old Kenny Gee's blunt, twisted rhymes get crowds loose like his wunderkind counterparts Rae Sremmurd. Mindz of a Different Kind find comfort in throwback sounds to the golden era of hip-hop on their 2013 EP Butter and Water, while fourpiece Team Next forges a signature sound with erratic video-game-sampled beats. Compared to Southern hip-hop's kings Andre 3000 and Pimp C, Slim Gravy's braggadocio fits wells in his raucous bangers. With Dowrong's vampy and brooding narratives and Lil Sicc's auto-tuned delivery, both bring the party rap anthems in tow. Local staple Kydd Jones' delivery slides between sensual auto-tuned timbres to a plainspoken flow that's accompanied by vast and kaleidoscopic haze. Dre Prince closes with reckless flex banter off recent release Golden Child.

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