P.O.S. and Astronautalis Four Fists record release at Triple Rock, 10/08/13
|Photo by Erik Hess|
P.O.S. and Astronautalis Four Fists record release
with GRRRL PRTY and Allan Kingdom
Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
"Happy fucking Tuesday," P.O.S. exclaimed halfway through his breathless Four Fists set with Astronautalis at the Triple Rock. And indeed, it didn't really matter what day of the week it was, this was definitely the party to be at. A sold-out club rallied around these two talented MCs and DJ Fundo as they celebrated the release of their new Four Fists 7-inch. Their exhilarating 90-minute set featured two new tracks from the release and a slew of collaborative solo songs that really set the crowd off.
The young MC Allan Kingdom easily overcame some technical issues and effortlessly won over the crowd with spirited rhymes and boundless stage presence. Kingdom brought a fresh, youthful enthusiasm to fiery verses over pounding, sparse beats that were reminiscent of Odd Future. It had been a while since I had seen a club that packed for the opening act on a bill, and Twin Cities hip-hop fans wisely showed up early to catch one of the most promising, assured new MCs on the modern rap scene.
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The ladies in GRRRL PRTY kept the festive vibes going, bringing out flags and fresh beats to get their 35-minute set started. Lizzo, Manchita, and Sophia Eris took the stage with flannels tied around their waists, bringing the '90s style back in both their look and their throwback sound, which blended the buoyant catchiness of Salt-n-Pepa and the rougher collaborative street edge of N.W.A.
The rapid-fire set, which featured the familiar beats of Kanye and Notorious B.I.G. threaded into the mix, got the crowd amped and into it. Lizzo dropped a few tracks from her forthcoming Lizzobangers album into the set as well. "Batches and Cookies" got the club dancing, as did "Wegula" and GRRRL PRTY's new single, "Night Watch." The crew will continue their Minneapolis takeover with their ongoing residency at Icehouse tonight, as a whole host of talented area hip-hop acts are going to keep the GRRRL PRTY going strong.
DJ Fundo took the stage unassumingly, and once he got his decks set up, he self-deprecatingly asked the crowd, "Are you sure you're really ready for P.O.S. and Astronautalis together? With my dumb ass running shit, this could all go horribly wrong." But as the thunderous beats to the new Four Fists single, "Please Go" kicked in, and Stef and Andy took the stage, it was clear that this new partnership was going to work in a major way. The breakneck set featured solo efforts from both MC's stellar back catalog, with Fundo seemingly surprising each MC with the beats he had chosen, as if they didn't quite know what was coming next.
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"We put out a 7-inch today, and we thought it'd be a good idea to throw a party," P.O.S. proudly proclaimed. "Thanks for coming on such short notice." The incendiary set went by in a beat-driven blur of one hit after another, as "Handmade Handgun," "The River, The Woods," "Dimitri Mendeleev" and "Wanted/Wasted" all sounded towering and lively in the packed club. Both poured everything they had into the performance, repeatedly joking while they caught their breath between songs that Fundo needed to slow things down a bit and play a mellow, Mary J. Blige track, which sadly never happened.