Note: Part 1 focuses solely on Freddie Gibbs. Did you miss that one? Head over here first!
Before Freddie Gibbs’ appearance in the late evening early morning, an extensive list of local hip-hop/rap talent worked the Gramophone stage showcasing the various styles the city currently has to offer. I’ve been tangentially aware of the scene, but had yet to actually partake in a show, so the night became a great primer of the names out there.
Of the batch, I left the most impressed by Rockwell “Rocky” Knuckles, with his diffident onstage persona an interesting offset to his bold rap, and Tef Poe, whose aggressive energy definitely set his delivery apart. The night also featured a surprise appearance by Chicago’s GLC, whose work on the early Kanye albums (“Drive Slow” / “Spaceship”) I definitely enjoyed and turned out to be one of the highlights of the evening.
Ok. Enough talk. Here’s a selection of shots from the evening.
-I’ve since downloaded Rocky Knuckles’ latest album, Choose Your Own Adventure, which has been fabulous so far. You can get yourself a free copy here.
-There’s a release party for Tef Poe’s latest album, War Machine, on 2/11 at The Gramophone. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to get my hands on it.