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City On My Back Archives » The Fine Print: When Rappers Love Rappers

The Fine Print: When Rappers Love Rappers

hyperadmin | The Fine Print | Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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By Jonathon “Bizz” Brown

If you didn’t know by now, tonight is the fourth Live Cypher Series. Eight of Canada’s illest rappers are scheduled to cypher together as a showcase of their raw rapping talent. This post isn’t about plugging the event as much as it is about commenting on the specifics that make it special.

There will always be rappers that have avid fans. The die-hard 50 fans will argue to the teeth he hasn’t fallen off. The gung-ho Weezy fans are forever dropping Wayne-infused-slang or sentiments. And Eminem’s “Stans” are still roaming. But the part about an event like this, is watching the rappers become fans.

It’s one thing when a crowd full of civilians go wild over a hot punchline or crazy wordplay. It’s completely different when a fellow artist does because they are peers. When someone is performing the same craft as you, it isn’t automatically as impressive simply because you can do it too. It’s the same reason the fans go wild for huge batting practice home runs, but the players barely twitch. And at least for me, watching such talented MCs stand side by side with artists they’ve heard of but haven’t worked with makes for such honest, unrehearsed displays of professional respect.

When Adam Bomb drops a bar and Bishop bangs on the table in a fit of enthusiasm.
When Magnum 357 provokes Mayhem to hoot and holler in the back ground during his verse.
When Peter Jackson’s head slowly raises midway through Scorsese’s verse, signally his increasing attention span.
When Rich Kidd yells ad libs behind Jonny Roxx totally unrehearsed…

THAT’S what creates the moments that define an event like this. The punchlines will be memorable, the variety of flows and approaches will be inevitable, but the camaraderie between peers is the intangible element that makes the Live Cypher Series so engaging.

WATCH live tonight online at Spiritlive.net from 6-8pm.

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