Saturday Night: One Mic Houston Anniversary At Groundhall

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Photos by Larami Culbertson
John Dew, one of Saturday's emcees (and MCs).
One Mic Houston's Two-Year Anniversary Party
Groundhall
January 22, 2010

11:04 p.m.: You know what's a good way to tell if you're lost downtown? If, at any point while you're driving, someone in your car says something like, "What street are we looking for? Pease? Um, I think you need to tur - Holy shit! I think I just saw a guy masturbating behind a McDonald's!"

11:13: To get you up to speed real quick: One Mic is a concert series - previously monthly, now bimonthly - put on by hasHBrown, John Dew and David Wright. Tonight is their anniversary show. There are 40 or so acts performing on two different stages.

11:17: There's something about watching hasHBrown do his boom-bap shuffle outside in the cold at night that just says hip-hop. Sometimes, it feels like he was born 18 years too late and 1,500 miles too far south.

11:17:04: Two things are wrong the above timestamp: a) Houston isn't due south of New York. But really, if you're the type of person to point out those types of things, nobody's paying attention to what you're saying anyway; and b) It's clearly a nod to the strength of New York musicianship, but it's done only as a courtesy, because New York only used to be recognized as the place where the best rap music was being made. These days, everyone who doesn't live there recognizes that, save a handful of people, it's pretty much a hip-hop shithole.

11:22: Kane is up on the inside stage right now. As active as he is in the Houston rap community, he's hardly ever caught performing. Seeing him rap live is like seeing Nessie dog-paddling around Loch Ness in broad daylight. If someone tries to snap pictures of this as proof that it actually happened, those pictures will almost certain come out all blurry and unconvincing.

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11:24: The seating in here is less than stellar. Our chair looks like it very well may immediately fall apart if you actually sit on it. We shake it to make sure that it isn't already broken, which, incidentally, is the same way we make sure that babies aren't broken.*

* Ed Note: Shea is KIDDING, people. We have met his two children, who are 100 percent unshaken.

11:25: "I don't like MILFs. I don't give a mother fuck"... "You good to you, I'm good to them. I stay in front, ahead, like a brim." Does anybody else remember Kane's The Curfew having this many quotable lines?

11:33: During a lull in the action, John Dew, who is one of the guys emceeing tonight, asks the crowd, "Anybody out there wanna come up and sp--." Before he can finish, a guy near the front of the shoots his hand up and then makes his way up there before anyone else can chime in. Everyone in here is a rapper, it seems.

11:33:10: Ha. Turns out the eager sir is none other than Doughbeezy, last week's Artist of the Week. The best part: He introduces himself as exactly that. Resident kingmakers, the Artist of the Week column has become.

11:36: Young Sensation just hopped up on stage for an impromptu performance as well. Cool, cool.

11:38: In case you weren't aware of this, anytime you hear a rapper who is freestyling say "Maaaaan, hold up" and then laugh as a way to end his performance, that's basically the same as him saying, "Welp, I just ran out of shit to say. Bye."


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Underground Live

1515 Pease, Houston, TX

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Black Roaw
Black Roaw

Classic... And just getting started!

Bill Gilbert
Bill Gilbert

Reading the whole article I find it amazing that a critic, reporter etc. (arguably one and the same with opinion) would ask an artist what was the best weed song. Stevie Wonder hardly if ever listened to other peoples music when he was at his peak in creativity. To not mention song credits, their origin, nor the audience reaction was at least showing that it was an effort in reporting the event begruding of even doing homework. I commend you on at least showing up. To your publication I would find it below a standard that would shine for it. Timeline was on point to show restrictions put on those performing though. Underground music is the foundation of all music. It's where it starts from, until money finds a way to make more from it

Shea Serrano
Shea Serrano

"Reading the whole article I find it amazing that a critic, reporter... would ask an artist what was the best weed song."

I'm a little confused, sir. Do you think I was asking artists what their favorite weed song was? If so, I apologize for being unclear. That was what El Prez was asking the crowd, not what I was asking him.

Mr. Wright
Mr. Wright

I would also like to everyone. Those that support. Those that perform. Continue to support your local talent and if you don't. Start. I am humbled to read comments like these and it makes the hard work the team does worth it.

Nya
Nya

Congrats to ONE MIC on their two year anniversary!!!

Much Love

NYA

Marlaina Lauren
Marlaina Lauren

OneMic is an awesome concert series! I'm happy it has lasted this long and hope that it continues to be an event where real hip hop thrives in Houston.

That Purple Bastard
That Purple Bastard

I don't know why, but Shea left out the part when he & I smoked PCP in the alley behind Groundhall... but otherwise, great article! Great show too, we had a blast!

Shea Serrano
Shea Serrano

Ah, yes. There was that. Although, in fairness, you can't run into Cole and NOT smoke PCP. It's required, I believe.

hasHBrown
hasHBrown

Thank you again to all of the artists that graced ground hall with their presence and their music. Jan. 22, 2011 was a special night for me and hopefully for the entire city of Houston. John, David, and I worked extra hard to make this event happen. We don't do it to get a "pat on our backs", we do it because Houston has more talent than folks give us credit for.

for the few comments regarding shea serrano's "opinion"...just know that shea has a distinct style of writing and attempts (lol) to be witty/sarcastic. overall he had good things to say about the event, and most importantly he came to cover the event. if I'm not correct I believe this was his first one mic, ever. (sorry shea)

On2Another1
On2Another1

Blogs. Ah, gotta love them. It is a forum for someone to share their opinion about whatever topic they choose. Ah-parent-lee Shea Serrano used his/her blog to be critical to our local artists. It is apparent Shea went into this event with the intent of being cynical and zero respect for the art. He/She found what was negative with each artist and set and chose to display that...only displaying his/her maturity. No need in getting upset or taking things personal, it's his/her opinion, and this is only mine. YOU MAY NOT LIKE EVERY ARTIST YOU HEAR BUT AT LEAST RESPECT THE CRAFT

Marco Torres
Marco Torres

You are certainly entitled to your (bullshit) opinion, and imma let you finish, but Shea Serrano is ONE OF THE BEST MUSIC WRITERS OF ALL TIME!

Your argument lost all credibility the moment you questioned Shea's "respect for the art". Questioning his maturity is fair game though! LOL!

Tammyminxy25
Tammyminxy25

SOME PEOPLE DONT APPRECIATE GOOD MUSIC, ALL THEY WANNA HERE IS FREAKY , BULLSHIT SONGS EVERDAY SAME OL SHIT, WANNA BE GANGSTA SHIT, AND SOON AS PEOPLE COME WITH SOME REAL MUSIC THEY WANNA HATE, MAINLY BECAUSE THERE MAYBE SOME WORDS PRONOUNCED THAT MAYBE TO BIG FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND! NYA/ATMOSPHERE HAS AMAZING MUSIC, SHE IS ONE OF HOUSTONS FINEST AND THERES NO ONE ELSE LIKE HER. VERY TALENTED GIRL, I LOVE HER MUSIC , SHE IS UNTOUCHABLE.

Shea Serrano
Shea Serrano

Agreed. Nya, AtmOsphere and the band were very enjoyable.

Jessicareyna
Jessicareyna

One Mic was awesome. The performances were really entertaining! Hashbrown is the s****, love him! Can't wait til the next show!

HQ
HQ

The 2nd Yr. Anniversary of One Mic was a great showcase for some of the talent that this city has 2 offer. It is a special concert series for the city and would be even more special if fans and artist alike would treat it as such. Like Thuro said not many artist take the time out from their craft/jobs to promote other artist, a very selfless act. There's no community if we don't come together. With that said props to Dew, David, & Hash for making it happen.

Thuro
Thuro

I'm proud to say that I was on the first official One Mic back when it was One Mic Mondays. It was at Deans on the monday after the superbowl. Despite being one of the worst possible nights to promote towards, we had a great turn-out. And Im proud to see the 1M series continue to give new artists opportunties and promote Hip-Hop. Big s/o to Hash, Dew. & David Wright. Keep in mind, these guys are artists that are constantly promoting other artists. The same cannot be said for the rest of us.

Kyle Hubbard
Kyle Hubbard

One Mic has been and will continue to be a very important event in the Houston hip-hop landscape. It pains me I wasn't able to make the anniversary.

Tha Centop
Tha Centop

1 Mic was a good look, I was glad to be apart of it, and would do it again in a second. Great look, props to all artists tht were there...

Christopher KrisKrunk Folmer
Christopher KrisKrunk Folmer

Missed this show, but have been to One Mic before. It's a great way to showcase talent and get a bunch of people in the industry together under one roof. Cheers to Hashbrown and John Dew and whoever else makes this happen!

D-Risha
D-Risha

One Mic Houston gave me my first opportunity on a big stage and this night was no different alotta new people got to see my set and fruit will come to bear from it im very thankfull for this event

HwFlosspr
HwFlosspr

one mic is a dope series that Houston needs!

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