Announcing Our May Red Bull Sound Select Show: The Hip-Hop Barbecue With Bishop Nehru at Club Dada.
This month's Red Bull Sound Select showcase has still yet to go down — that Parade of Flesh-curated affair featuring Man Man, Zorch and Party Static will take place on Friday at Club Dada (RSVP for $3 tickets right here) — but we're too hyped up this morning about next month's showcase to sit on it any longer.
So here's the word on that: On Thursday, May 28, also at Club Dada, as we take back over the curation reins to this monthly series, we'll be hosting a New York-meets-Texas hip-hop barbecue, also at Club Dada and featuring the debut Dallas performance from fast-rising New York phenom Bishop Nehru. The Nas- and MF Doom-cosigned 18-year-old will be joined on this night by Houston's Fat Tony, plus Dallas' own Buffalo Black and The Outfit, TX.
Per usual, the show will cost $10 to attend, although those tickets will be discounted to $3 with an RSVP dropped right here. Remember, though: An RSVP does not necessarily guarantee entrance; as ever, admittance to this show will be afforded on a first-come, first-served basis. So you're gonna wanna show up early — although, in this case, it's not just because it'll make you more likely to get in. We'll also be serving up free barbecue to the first 100 attendees.
So, yeah, it's gonna be rad. How rad, though? Let's take a brief look at each of the performers to see.
Bishop Nehru. He's just 18 years old, but dude's been hailed as a rising star for a few years now. Now, after being cosigned by Nas as the future of music and releasing an acclaimed album called NehruvianDOOM that was solely produced by the elusive and revered MF DOOM, Nehru now appears ready to go supernova. He just graced the cover of Wax Poetics and, just two days following this Dallas date, he'll perform at the eighth annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia alongside such luminaries as The Roots, Erykah Badu, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Rae Sremmurd, Afrika Bambaataa and more. Later in the year, he'll play Sasquatch and Governor's Ball, all the while prepping his first formal LP, which is being produced by rap icon Nas. Here's why this all's especially cool: Nehru may be young, but he's learned; he's a leader in the renaissance that aims to bring hip-hop back to its roots.
The Outfit, TX. With its space-aged, Texas-drenched swagger, The Outfit, TX is firmly establishing itself as one of the most alluring hip-hop acts in the South. There’s a reason Killer Mike went out of his way recently to endorse them in a recent interview with National Public Radio, and it's not because these guys don’t have something to say. They very much do — and, better yet, they have a uniquely interesting and wholly compelling way of sharing that perspective.
Fat Tony. One day, the masses will appreciate this Houston emcee's true greatness. The critics already have, with publications as varied as the Houston Press and URB singing praises of his potential. Live, that promise is undeniable: With an understated, workmanlike flair, Tony is a lyrical force. Over inventive, hazy production, he comes off as a polished professional — because he is. The guy's just a joy to watch perform.
Buffalo Black. Jamil Kelley is an outlier in the Dallas hip-hop scene, a rapper more concerned with conscientious themes and truths than club turn-ups and swagger. And, turns out, swimming upstream has helped the man behind the Buffalo Black moniker separate himself from the pack quite well. With an ear for gripping, gritty beats and an outsider's lyrical perspective that even Spike Lee can appreciate — the famed director used his “Enter The Void” to score the trailer for his most recent film — Buffalo Black is fighting the good fight to show that there’s more than one side to the Dallas rap game.
Long story short: This is gonna be a party.
Oh, and check out the killer Justin “Howdy” Blanks-designed poster for it below.