If you’ve been hitting the St. Mary’s Strip for shows over the last couple of years, you know that on any given weekend (and sometimes weeknights) there’s bound to be a party happening or show with a band or artist tearing it up at any number of bars and venues that line the live music corridor. Yeah, the Strip (as most locals call it), hosts a variety of different types of music, but places like Paper Tiger are probably one of the more prominent venues to catch some of the best local and nationally known hip hop acts.
For instance, just last week rapper Kree Villegas who raps under the moniker Kree23 and Spy MC, born Jose Angel Perez, organized the fundraiser Elements of Hip-Hop, a benefit show for Hurricane Harvey relief which featured over 20 local rappers along with DJs, B-boys and B-girls, and live artists painting. During this year’s annual San Antonio Music Showcase, Kree23 will be serving her ferocious rhyme skills inside Paper Tiger's small room with a number of some of the best local hip-hop talent SA has to offer.
Among these are rapper/producer Dillon O’Con who performs under his initials D.R.O. whose latest single "Light Privilege" (stylized "light privilege"), sounds like the psychedelic trap beats A$AP Rocky is known for rapping over, matched with the inward-dialogue-lyricism of alternative rappers like Aesop Rock.
Also on the bill is the aforementioned, Kree23 who has become a pretty well known name within the slam poetry and rap community in South Texas. Donning long dreadlocks and rapping with the ferocity of a seasoned lyricist, Villegas’ style and delivery is reminiscent of the early '90s work from Sage Francis and Atmosphere’s Slug. Bouncy and abstract, but still landing in the pocket, Villegas’ flow is certainly influenced by her early '90s predecessors — but at only 23-years-old, she’s able to manifest something young and fresh within the craft.
Rounded out by the trap aesthetics of Grimy Kidz, Tactics and bass/house/trap DJ and producer, Color Blogg, this showcase is the perfect glimpse into the world of SA's burgeoning hip-hop community.
Oh, and if you haven’t heard about San Antonio’s latest R&B singer AMEA, do yourself a favor and make sure you stay long enough to see that beautiful woman sing over some of the smoothest beats you may have ever heard.