| Alias: One of hip-hop's most respected auteurs (courtesy photo)
Lotus Tribe constructs an ambitious local celebration of hip-hop culture
Forget monochromatic track suits laced with infinitely ridiculous accessories (insert nostalgic sigh over full-size clocks on necklaces). The evolution of hip-hop, a paradox in itself, has allowed the genre to emerge as an artistic force to be reckoned with, even though the gilded misogyny of yesteryear continues to linger, primarily in mainstream "shit-hop."
Recent progress, if you've been lucky enough to hear it, sees the musician as an artist, his words a poetic flow that transcend beyond bitches and money. Concurrently, this Lazarus-like rebirth of a fresh concept has been met with tightly knit homegrown groups, such as San Antonio's Lotus Tribe and the Prhymemates. These collectives emphasize a communal approach to this musical endeavor, linking up-and-coming DJs and MCs to local audiences.
On Sunday, November 16, Lotus Tribe will hook up with national Anticon acts SOLE, Alias, Telephone Jim Jesus, and Odd Nosdam at Sam's Burger Joint, for Elemental 5, a full-blown celebration of hip-hop culture that will include breakdancing, MC battles, and graffiti art.
One of the features performers, Alias, a.k.a. Brendon Whitney, has established himself as an underground hip-hop innovator. He breaks down a myriad of musical boundaries with his second full-length, Muted, a collection of instrumentalist genius spattered with scant vocals, courtesy of artists Markus Archer and Pedestrian.
| ELEMENTAL 5 |
with ALIAS, SOLE, ODD NOSDAM, TELEPHONE JIM JESUS
Sunday, November 16
Sam's Burger Joint
330 E. Grayson
Lotus Tribe member Mark Gonzalez explains that this show was conceived as an all-encompassing tribute to hip-hop's potential as an art form: "We just want to let the hip-hop community know that the Elementals are a design to help the progression of our art form through their contributions to the show," Gonzalez says. "Local b-boys and girls break, local grafitti artists paint, local MCs rhyme, and local artists perform.
"The shows are not about making money or lifting one particular group, it is about cohesively cultivating our youth while demonstrating the strength we hold when we come together and later, figuring out what real power we hold and how we can use that power to make a difference and change in our communities." •