Elliot Seng: Local Hip Hop Rising
Steamboat Springs — On Nov. 28, Steamboat played host to a special gathering. It would be a night to remember for many due to the exposure of local hip hop, a landmark of sorts within the music scene. With a lineup of previous Steamboat locals, there was a fresh energy that filled the room from the very beginning of the night.
I had many expectations for the night, but little did I know how impressive the night would be with regard to local talent. Featuring six artists all currently or formerly based in Steamboat, they boasted enough talent for any longtime local music fan to appreciate — especially hip hop.
Kicking the night off was the Denver-based MC Ocelot, Andrew Lindsley. As he has worked and lived in Steamboat for several years, this was something of a hometown show. Moving on to pursue management for upcoming acts, Ocelot situated himself in a position in which touring with a variety of acts was a regular occurrence.
Honing in on the first original hip hop sound around Steamboat years ago, he proved his legacy’s worth by ripping through his set in onslaught mode. DJ, producer and member of Blunt Skullz, Dis_1, provided the beats in the background.
Keeping the local vibe going was the trio, Blunt Skullz, composed of Dis_1 on all things production, Crookid Crown and Mz Marvl (Marie Chabot). These Steamboat OGs held down an amazing performance.
With Crown’s in-your-face lyrical approach and Marvl accompanying with rival talent, the set swayed harmoniously with the crowd. The energy throughout the room was setting a precedent all on it’s own. At this point in the night, the house was almost sold out — something I’ve never seen before in Steamboat’s hip hop scene.
Dassaro X Jeraff (Chris Dassaro and Jeff Barlow) took the stage to close the show with the crowd nearly meeting maximum attendance. Giving a shout out to the evening’s performers, Dassaro thanked the crowd in heartfelt fashion and closed the show with his booming, yet soulful, lyrics. The room’s hype fueled his drive with hometown appreciation.
As I mentioned earlier, I had witnessed a previous show and was enthralled, and this show went above and beyond my expectations with its stage presence. The passion that Dassaro —along with every lyricist that night — embodies is something unique. When the crowd and artist can make the connections I witnessed that night, there’s something to be said for it.
All in all, I see something coming — something new and refreshing for our music scene.
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