4.21.2007

Midwestern Hip Hop


Thursday night found us at the Union Terrace. It was a warm night in the Midwest and a large crowd was gathered on the shores of Lake Mendota to enjoy the night's entertainment, and drink the beer. The event, part of Madison's "Hip Hop as a Movement Week", might not seem to be a big draw in a city that is less that 6% African-American and held at a university that is half that. This is where the Jews and the Lesbians come in though. Both demographics were out in full force, to a surprising degree. I think it's pretty reasonable to say that few people get to enjoy the funkaliscious stylings of The Coup in such an environment. I'm not going to claim that I was honored, that would be a lie, but I did appreciate that fact on an intellectual level. I also appreciated Coup members Boots Riley, for his impressive 'fro/mutton chops mien, and DJ Pam the Funkstress, for her energy and verve. The point of all of this? The Coup, really good. With or without Lesbos. A few choice tracks: Ride the Fence, Laugh/Love/Fuck, My Favorite Mutiny, and of course Baby Let's Have a Baby Before Bush Do Somethin Crazy.

5 comments:

tommy said...

you forgot to mention the throng of hippies. however, an inordinate amount looked either Jewish or lesbian-ish. also, the Freak-Dancer Guy and his disciples. He nearly stole the spotlight from Boots. Nearly.

tommy said...

you forgot to mention the throng of hippies. however, an inordinate amount looked either Jewish or lesbian-ish. also, the Freak-Dancer Guy and his disciples. He nearly stole the spotlight from Boots' afro. Nearly.

wb said...

Hey, way to write the same thing twice. I'm assuming that means you meant it twice as much. I did indeed leave out the Freak-Dancer Guy. More because I couldn't come up with a description that did him justice than anything else.

wb said...

Hey, way to write the same thing twice. I'm assuming that means you meant it twice as much. I did indeed leave out the Freak-Dancer Guy. More because I couldn't come up with a description that did him justice than anything else.

tommy said...

fucking hilarious, howard.