Scenes From A.Dd+'s DiveHiFlyLo Release Show at The Granada.
Over the course of the past couple of years, Dallas rap duo A.Dd+ has been buzzing so hard in the local music scene, they've been putting cicadas to shame.
But, at their Granada Theater release concert for their new DiveHiFlyLo mixtape, the follow-up to their 2011 When Pigs Fly breakthrough, they lived up to all that buzz. Quite capably display.
It was a crazy hyped-up display that the twosome offered up on Saturday night, with their crowd of 700-plus excited and the performers even more so.
It felt like a big-deal showcase. Throughout the course of the show, A.Dd+ members Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun even changed their outfits a couple of times. At the start of their set, they donned all black (save for Paris' light brown Polo boots). As the night wore on, they slipped into more comfortable clothes, with both members donning tees with their “ADD HOE” chant sprawled across the front.
Yes, pride was the constant theme throughout the night. And, beyond seeing it, you could hear as much, too. A.Dd+ has substance in their verses and bars, sure. But they're not all about that, either; their admixture of hedonism and consciousness is one of their strongest attributes.
And so they ripped through their cuts, both old and new, as the die-hards danced and sang along in the standing area in front of the stage. Slim held a giant suitcase as he ripped through “Suitcases,” naturally. Somewhat of an interlude commenced when a curtain fell from the ceiling and their new music video “Can't You See” played.
Earlier in the night, in between sets, A.Dd+'s spinmaster, DJ Sober, kept the crowd entertained with a flurry of hits. The other openers gave the packed house a nice little taste of what was to come, too. -topic ended his set with his upbeat jam, “Super Cool.” Tunk followed rank through cuts from his new Direct Deposit mixtape. Often described as Dallas' own Odd Future, Brain Gang followed Tunk with a high-energy set of their own.
But despite even a guest appearance from long-revered Dallas rapper Tum Tum during A.Dd+'s set, it was clear that this show belonged to Slim and Paris. And, during their set, they proved their place as the current undisputed kings of Dallas hip-hop.
As their set came to an end, all of their guests and opening acts joined A.Dd+ on stage. It was an awesome, communal sight, and a great end to a night worth remembering.
“I'm so proud,” A.Dd+'s producer Picnictyme said into his own microphone at one point in the night. He might as well have been speaking for the whole city.
All photos by Mikel Galicia.