The LoopKC Presents Best Damn Rap Show
This Saturday The Best Damn Rap Show will be at The Riot Room. Curated by The LoopKC, this show will feature the talents of: Steddy P., Dutch Young, Clark Rooseveltte, Scotty Wu, Pistol Pete, and Marty Notes. The show will definitely live up to its name with this line-up. From slower groove-centric flows to rapid fire lyrical barrages, The Best Damn Rap Show will be the joint to hit up this weekend.
Steddy P. raps with a precision, a consciousness that is hard to encapsulate in words. Whether the artist is riffing on his inner thoughts or blasting through his life, Steddy P. straddles the line between loose flows and rigid poetic structures. The result is a sound that is as fun as it is visceral. Like a dancier iteration of early Strange Music, Steddy P. makes music that will shake the Riot Room in the best of ways.
Dutch Young’s flows vacillate between hope and extreme melancholy. With an ability to jump from spoken word-esque slowness to real jaw gymnastics at the drop of a hat, Dutch Young’s music is simultaneously a view into an inner monologue as well a lesson on how to create a seamless aesthetic from competing styles. The rapper burns between low-tempo vibes with paranoid come ups.
Clark Roosevelt opts for minimal tracks to back his vocal melodies. Layering vocal samples and rapping, Clark Roosevelt injects a bluesy feel into his songs–a sound that is as unique as it is catchy. There’s a Busta Rhymes influence on the rapper’s delivery, but this influence doesn’t go much beyond surface aesthetics. Clark Roosevelt’s music is the some of the most innovative stuff being made in Kansas City right now.
Pistol Pete’s lyrics are a machine gun spray above the battlefield of his tracks. In their rapid fire delivery, there’s a definite groove. Taking equally from old school Memphis hip hop and chop-and-screw artists, Pistol Pete makes rap that is as refined as it is grimy. The way the rapper promotes syllables and interrupts phrases makes his flows one-part narrative and one-part sound poetry. Listening to Pistol Pete is to hear English for the first time again.
Marty Notes’ flows are hard without losing the groove of the spaced-out tracks they glide over. Marty Notes’ music sounds like Outkast collaborating with Childish Gambino and Trinidad James. There’s certainty in Mary Notes’ lyrics that gives them a power and confidence, even when what is happening within them is so uncertain.
With Scotty Wu manning the turntables, The Best Damn Rap Show is sure to be the joint to hit this Saturday. Whether you’re a fan of quick slaps of disjointed narrative or slow-burning lyrics, the Riot Room will be full of fire for you.