The sound

Maxilla Blue, BK-One, Fashawn and Brother Ali
Vaudeville Mews, May 2

The Vaudeville Mews was bumping on a Sunday night thanks to phat beats surging through the venue. Brother Ali brought his A-game to a show that included California rapper Fashawn and local force Maxilla Blue. Hyping a new album (record release party will be May 21 at Vaudeville Mews), Maxilla Blue kicked the show off with a tight set of both classic and new material, while The Floor Spiders kept the ground on lock down with their breakin’ skills. They represented the city to the fullest and even Brother Ali gave Maxilla praise when he started his set: “We’ve had a lot of local openers on this tour and most of them have been bullshit, but Maxilla Blue represented Des Moines true.” Following Maxilla’s set, house DJ, BK-One, took over and had the beats thumping. Building hit by hit, the Mews erupted in a sing-a-long, once the beat for Dr. Dre’s classic, “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” surged through the speakers. Fashawn followed, and his flow was smooth as he stirred the bubbling crowd in anticipation for the headliner. Brother Ali took the stage and the packed house went nuts as it absorbed every rhyme Ali served up. Slimmer than at his performance at 80/35 and sporting a beard that made him resembled an Amish Papa Smurf, Ali effortlessly flowed from song to song with a big smile on his face. After a full night of hip hop, no one in the audience went home hungry. CV — Jared Curtis



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