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Get Cryphy 5th Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/8/13

Get Cryphy 5th Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/8/13
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen

Get Cryphy 5th Anniversary
With Slug, Brother Ali, MaLLy, Lizzo, Haphduzn, Sophia Eris, St. Paul Slim, Rapper Hooks, Lazerbeak, Big Dylan, Ander Other and more
First Avenue, Minneapolis
Friday, February 8, 2013

The Get Cryphy crew capped off another solid anniversary show on Friday, ringing in five years as the sweatiest, most raucous hip-hop dance party in town by expanding beyond the confines of the First Avenue Record Room into the mighty Mainroom area. Once again, the night sold out fast and the crowd riled up quickly.



As the great four-headed hydra that is Plain Ole Bill, Last Word, Jimmy Two Times, and DJ Fundo let forth huge track after huge track behind their wall of eight turntables, the crowd gradually got drunker and looser and the dancing got more manic. The early end of the night allowed Bill to spin some great fringe material; stuff like "Just Playing (Dreams)" and "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" that weren't quite height-of-the-night bangers but fit the Cryphy vibe to a T. It was definitely a well-planned set, the advantage of having four minds connect for a single ongoing playlist.
Get Cryphy 5th Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/8/13
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen

A good DJ should give everyone in the audience at least one moment of "Oh shit, this is my song" and there were plenty of tracks played that served as a knowing electric jolt through the crowd, immediately amping up energy profoundly even if only for four bars. The team knew how to move and control the crowd, spinning sing-alongs like "Still Fly," the incessant pounding bass of "Bring 'Em Out," and the smoothness of "Gin and Juice" with the knowing aplomb of what each would do to the people. A good barometer of a DJ's skill is which verse from "Monster" they decide to spin, and obviously Nicki Minaj was the right choice here. Some inspired pairings, like placing Nicki's spastic and epileptic "Stupid Hoe" immediately following Trinidad James' slow-drip crawler "All Gold Everything," shifted the whole dance floor on a dime. We were all in the hands of experienced craftsmen.

Get Cryphy 5th Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/8/13

Get Cryphy 5th Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/8/13
Photos by Anna Gulbrandsen

Onstage was just as live as the crowd, with a number of sexy people dancing alongside big purple Grimace with his big-ass "Get Cryphy" chain swinging with abandon. Every once in a while a rapper would grab the mic and do a quick song that attempted to fit within the Cryphy vibe. All told, hosts MaLLy and St. Paul Slim, Doomtree's Ander Other, Brother Ali, Slug, Haphduzn, Rapper Hooks, Lizzo and Sophia Eris, and Audio Perm's Big Dylan all touched the stage to do one-song mini-sets that served to break the routine and show off our local talent. It was somewhat of a moment of worlds colliding, having indie rap poster boys like Slug and Brother Ali grace the stage in between 2 Chainz songs, and the style-mesh managed to mostly work.

Get Cryphy 5th Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/8/13
Get Cryphy 5th Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/8/13
Photos by Anna Gulbrandsen

Brother Ali performed his flip of street hustle raps "Need A Knot" and it worked alongside the crunk and the hyphy thanks to the Bun B sample and Ali's fluid energy, but his verse over Future's "Same Damn Time" really just made me want to hear the original. Slug fit surprisingly well, especially with Haphduzn by his side trading some good old 'fuck you" bars behind Dimitry Kilstorm's heavy horn sound. Rapper Hooks powered through some on point verses like it was nothing. Lizzo brought her recent beat collaborator Lazerbeak onstage to hit some MPC skins as she blasted through "Batches," and damned if she isn't the hardest rapper in the Cities right now. Breaking up the DJ set with rap performances livened up the show but allowed it to remain party-focused , where you could still just zone out to everything.


 
There seemed to be a few random fights that broke out during the night. One happened on the main floor and was broken up quickly. The other I caught seemed to mostly stand-off shows of aggression, which could have escalated had Spyder Baybie not stepped in between. Say what you want about sex-focused rappers, they put their energies in the right place. Primarily it was a night for twerking, mouthing lyrics you half-know, and general drunken abandon. The end of the night began big with the new standard "All I Do Is Win," which found it's way into DJs regular rotations thanks to the great tension-building pause preceding the chorus.
Get Cryphy 5th Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/8/13
Get Cryphy 5th Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/8/13
Photos by Anna Gulbrandsen

The Cryphy team decided to prolong everybody's hands going up as much as possible as they proceeded to dump balloons, confetti, and bottles of water onto the audience. Everything was chaos from then on. The final spins were suites of Waka Flocka and Rick Ross tracks, some quick succession of the hits highlighting some of the major figures defining the Cryphy sound. The closing songs were Kendrick Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle" and "Money Trees," both played nearly in entirety, and the latter was an excellent come-down that split the difference between the booming club sounds of the night and the lyrical focus that is usually lacking therein. The whole night was huge, and it ended on a perfect, triumphant note. Congratulations go out to the crew that consistently brings the party.


Critic's Notebook:

Overheard in the Crowd: "Old-ass rappers..."

Personal Bias: I feel like my tastes align eerily square with the Cryphy crew.

Random Notebook Dump: The presence of tiny women twerk-assaulting large, uninterested men. 


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