Review and photos by Phillip Waters
On Friday night, Kartel Entertainment and Tranzition King Radio sponsored “We Bring The City Out” at Rams Head Live. The event was put on to showcase some of the biggest rap acts making noise in Baltimore at the moment. Music was provided by DJ Myzter Hurd, who was also celebrating his birthday. Rap artist Barcardy handled hosting duties, playing the role of comedian throughout the entire night. Hitting the stage on crutches due to a leg injury Barcardy kept the crowd dying laughing, pulling stunts like announcing that performers came to the stage with breath smelling “straight like cigarettes and loud” .
The crowd swelled to around 150 people at its peak. Early on in the show, it wasn’t that packed, or energetic to be honest, but the hosts and the performers didn’t just allow that to ride. Throughout the night, if things felt too lackluster, DJ Myzter Hurd didn’t hesitate to stop the music or start a song over after demanding that everybody in attendance ‘liven up a little’. (And not in those polite words). Starting out, Nucky Johnson hit the stage and ripped through a set that included custom versions of hits “OG Bobby Johnson” and Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares”.
Next up was Washington D.C. native, Jinx, who delivered a high paced show without so much as a hype man by his side. His set stuck out because in his few minutes he dropped turn up songs, smoking anthems, and introspective tracks, one in particular that had a crazy sample of Mary J Blige’s “My Life”.
Zeg Pacino came out deep with the roster from his label. Everybody got a chance to do their thing individually, before Zeg had DJ Myster Hurd play a clip from ‘Baby Boy’ (the scene where Ving Rhames breaks down the difference between guns and butter). That led to Zeg kicking some of his own knowledge to the crowd, and then spitting over the classic Camp Lo record “Luchini”. Team Kreamate definitely made their presence felt when they rushed the stage. So much, that local legend Ogun decided to come out and rock with them. They held back until halfway through their set to bring out the first lady of their clique, who sported a one piece that made the wait well worthwhile.
The night had its share of different styles too. Singer Dutch Digler brought some R&B flavor, but kicked an off the top freestyle to let everybody know he had that in him too.
Senica Da Misfit, who’s been traveling all across the country, came back home and let everyone know he was “on some 90s, boom bap, golden era shit”. He had people in the audience nodding to every mult-isyllabic bar he rhymed.
Damond Blue kicked original songs, and ran through a serious freestyle over Method Man’s “Bring The Pain”. He also had everyone showing love to B-More’s recently deceased star, Smash, when he played the classic “Way Too Much For Me (On My Best Bullshit)” during the middle of his set.
The night was capped by Theo, who sang some of his club classics like “Thong Song” and “I Got A Alize Chick”. And he shared his spotlight with rap duo, Da Dealerz, who performed several of their own tracks. He also surprised everybody with B Rich, who came out and did “Whoa Now” as well as his new song “Mean Shoe Game”.
Some Baltimore Hip Hop shows don’t always live up to expectations. This one, filled with a wide range of talents and no dull moments, definitely did.