Nappy Roots at Hullabaloo Music Festival

On a beautiful summer night in Nebraska, Nappy Roots performed for a large crowd at Hullabaloo Music Festival.  There is not a music act today that exemplifies the so-called Dirty South quite like them. They hail from Bowling Green, Kentucky, a college town of over 50,000 people and a place that is more known for the Corvette …

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The Roots at Stir Concert Cove

The Most Legendary Roots Crew performed at Stir Concert Cove in Council Bluffs, Iowa once again on Saturday, July 18th. This group started in Philadelphia circa 1987 at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts where Black Thought and Questlove first met. Only a decade later they were mainstream. And eventually they became Jimmy Fallon’s …

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Geto Boys at Omaha’s The Waiting Room

Old school southern rap superstars Geto Boys graced the presence of a tumultuous crowd at The Waiting Room in Omaha, Nebraska in the early morning hours of June 22, 2015. After Houston Alexander put in some work on the turntables, some local rappers took the stage. Pocket Pete with a decent flow and Big Mista, …

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Atmosphere at Omaha’s The Slowdown

Slug (Sean Daley) and Ant (Anthony Davis), together known as Atmosphere, performed once again to a sold out crowd in Omaha, Nebraska last night at The Slowdown. This was a great show and for this writer, who has seen them perform live more than half a dozen times since the early 2000’s, the show was …

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Logic at Omaha’s The Slowdown

Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, also known as the rapper Logic, performed to a sold out crowd in Omaha, Nebraska at The Slowdown last night. The up and coming rapper is clearly working hard and amassing a large following. According to Rolling Stone magazine Logic is “all style, no substance.” But that pop music magazine …

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Talib Kweli at Omaha’s Waiting Room

Today, Talib Kweli is one of the greatest rappers alive and just last night he performed to a sold out crowd at The Waiting Room in Omaha, Nebraska.  His opening acts included Hasan Salaam, Niko IS, and a great performance by Immortal Technique.  The highlight of the show was clearly the Brooklyn-based rapper though, and he …

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Doomtree at Omaha’s Waiting Room

So there was a great rap concert last night in Omaha, Nebraska and hopefully you were there.  It was at The Waiting Room (@waiting_room) and included P.O.S, Sims, Transit, and Cecil Otter, among others.  All of these rappers and artists call themselves as a collective, Doomtree.  And they have been around for more than a decade. …

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Brother Ali at Omaha’s Waiting Room

Brother Ali, the legally blind and albino rapper from Minneapolis, performed yet another memorable show at The Waiting Room in Omaha, Nebraska last night.  He is still hitting the road on his Home Away From Home Tour across the United States and Canada off his most recent album, Mourning in America.  Clearly this man is a hard …

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Chance the Rapper at Lollapalooza 2014

Chance the Rapper was already there when when we started watching. He had just finished a song and he said, “What the f*** is up?” The crowd was already energized, and he rapped the song, Brain Cells. It was awesome, because we had never heard a live rapper use the rhyme, “the flabbergasted avalanche of …

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Grieves at Omaha’s The Waiting Room

Short and funny story surrounding this show review… back in the summer of 2003, this writer lived in New York City and wrote about hip-hop on a similar weblog. There was an interview with Sean Daley of Atmosphere, where the discussion of “emo rap” was brought up, and at the time Slug embraced it. Back …

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