Happy new year, fellow music lovers! Hope you all enjoyed your holiday seasons; I certainly did. I spent lots of time catching up with old friends and lost sleep from the fall semester at UAS, and I hosted my final Wet Wednesday Jam Night out at Squire’s Rest. Thanks to all who made it a good run for the past couple of months! I’m looking very much forward to establishing a similar gig in the downtown area in the near future. But now to our topic of the week: The Southeast Rap Explosion 2 concert, happening at the Rendezvous this Saturday night.
The concert is being hosted by a couple of my musical friends, Lance and T-Bone, two emcees who have been loyal attendees at the Squire’s rest jam over the past couple of months. When I checked in with Lance over the weekend, he told me that they’re looking forward to trying to revive a rap and hip-hop scene here in Juneau, since it’s gotten a bit stale over the past couple of years since the demise of Wild Style Freestyle night.
In 2009, Lance organized the first Southeast Rap Explosion at Jaded, and since not too much has happened for the Southeast rap community since, he’s decided to put it on again and take another crack at it, this time at the Rendezvous. This year’s line-up showcases some of the performers who were at the original Explosion, as well as some newcomers.
Returning from the first concert is the Northkut Wolfpack, featuring rappers Big E, John John, Chief and Half-Smoked, and solo artists Bi-Polar and Trueyez. The Wolfpack in particular has been quite active on the underground side of things, continuing to record and produce their own tracks since their showing at the Homeskillet Music Festival in Sitka this past spring. I checked out some of their tracks online and can tell that they’ve been hard at work – if you’re interested, you can look them up at www.myspace.com/northkutwolfpack.
Other artists who will be perfotming this Saturday at the Explosion include Jaden Sierra, a talented Juneau high-schooler who will be opening up the show; Cardiak, a regular from the now defunct Wild Style Freestyle nights at the Rendezvous; and of course, Lance and T-Bone, who are wildly entertaining with their off-the-cuff improvised cocktail of rap and comedy.
So there you have it, Juneau — a new sound for the New Year, kicking off at the 2nd Southeast Rap Explosion at 9 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Rendevous. Be there or be square!