Tim Mapp, our newest eye and ear on the musical scene, is more than just a hip-hop writer, he moonlights at a couple of the area’s top clubs as a sound and lighting technician. A local label connoisseur with a degree in recording and music business management, he is on the beat.
Pac Div outshined by Defacto Thezpian and the Real Laww
by: Tim Mapp
It was a clear, calm Durham night. The word about Pac Div hitting the city had spread like a virus. It was everywhere.
I arrived at The Pinhook downtown, inside the loop and paid $14 to get in. The venue was dark, dank, and industrial. A perfect vibe for a Hip-Hop show.
The crowd was anxious for the show to start, because by the time I arrived, it should have started 15 minutes earlier. Unfortunately, Well$ opened the night up with mess up after mess up. I’m not sure if it was because of nerves or the lack of ample sound on stage. However, forgetting the lyrics to his own song was more than a tad bit disappointing.
By this time a decent sized crowd had developed, but the humidity in the building was suddenly unbearable. Well$ tried to win the crowd back with a dancing bear head schtick. Major fail. From the looks of it, he was having more fun than anyone else. He ended his set promoting his social media sites and telling the crowd that he was “Just trying to get on.”
The Defacto Thezpian followed him to the stage with some pretty nice tunes. This is where the momentum of the night shifted. Thezpian had complete control of the crowd and he took full advantage of this with his flows. Pulling a bar stool on stage with him as he ripped Kendrick Lamars “Rigamortis” instrumental. If you missed out, you can check it out here.
About mid-set Durham fav, The Real Laww, took the stage to perform a collab with Thezpian. But before they could start, they wanted everyone to know that Professor Toon was a no show and unprofessional. It was hard to tell from Laww’s demeanor if he was kidding, especially after the duo’s April Fools break-up prank.
Either way, Laww and the Thezpian turned up the heat. The music was thumping and the crowd was feeling it. The two meshed like butter. Then, the blasphemous Johnny Polygon followed with his Roland beat machine and Chello playing bandmate. Delivering that West Coast flavor to the new school. He went on to perform singles like “Invincible” and “My Sh*t.” Good stuff.
Pac Div followed, ending the night with a very confusing vibe. They performed tracks from their new album F.A.T. as well as a few older releases. The records sounded great, but their performance left me feeling like “They’re the headliners?” They definitely got the biggest response from the crowd. However, I’m not so sure it was because of the music. Probably, it was their name recognition more than anything else.
And that’s how it be in the Bull… Tim Mapp