Last Night: Turnin' Headz Rap Showcase at The Mink
10:18-10:50 p.m.: So, our intention tonight was to head over to The Mink for this Turnin' Headz underground rap showcase after going to see the premiere of new music videos from local rappers Montana, The Niceguys and Thurogood* Wordsmith at Sanctuary Lounge on Washington. However, there was some problem with file-conversions for the video DVD or whatevs so now they're not going to be able to play the videos until about 11 p.m., which basically means we came to Sanctuary Lounge just to hang out, and no one should ever do that.
Sanctuary is in the same building that used to house Block 21 used. Block 21 was cool and impressive and attractive; Sanctuary should've turned out the same, but it didn't. You know what it feels like? It feels like the way Mallory from Natural Born Killers made you feel. She probably should've been sexy - or at least attractive - but mostly she just felt unsettling and a little icked-out. Time to go before someone starts playing Eeny Meeny Miny Moe**.
10:50:07: *Heretofore, Thurogood Wordsmith will simply be referred to as Thurogod.
10:50:15: **That joke only works if you've seen Natural Born Killers.
11:07: And we're here. Walking in to the Backroom at the Mink. Curious to see how this show works out. Were you to rank the general reputations of the underground rap showcases in town (One Mic, Frontline Tour, etc) TH would be nearer to the bottom than the top.
11:07:15: The guy onstage, it's easy to immediately tell that he is good. Kyle Hubbard, nominee last year for the Houston Press Best Underground Rap music award, is standing at the back of the room. (He's always easy to spot at rap shows. He's the white guy.)
Approach him, shake hands. He leans in and says something that sounds like, "This guy is fucking badass." Good enough for Kyle Hubbard, good enough for the world.
11:09: Wow. This kid is not dicking around. He has a proper band with him, composed of a white guy on guitar, a black guy on drums and a black girl in those thick-framed glasses on bass. The guitar player is blistering his fingers all to shit during a fiery solo. Excellent.
11:11: They've just switched up the cadence. They're into some funky, summertime warmness. This is remarkable. Is this the quality of talent that Turnin' Headz concert series has been unearthing? Bravo. One for one tonight, we'd say. Aces.
11:20: Oh my. How good the last guy was, these guys are the opposite. Poor things. The crowd has already turned on them.
11:22: One interesting aside: There are three guys in the gang that is gunna, However, there are only two microphones available onstage, so there's always one guy that is just sort of there, waiting for someone to hand one to him so he can do something fun.
This is not unlike those scenes in pornos where there are three dudes but only two girls, so the third guy just stands around doing his best not to be entirely awkward. Occasionally, the microphone-less guy will try shouting out into the loudness. Suppose that'd be the equivalent to the girl-less guy masturbating himself.
11:22:15: Ack. By the way, sorry for how explicit that last time stamp got. Wasn't anticipating having to type the phrase "guy masturbating himself" in a review of a rap show.
11:30: Things never got better for the Gunna Gang. You can appreciate their enthusiasm, but the show was a miss. One for two, Turnin' Headz.