P.O.S. and Astronautalis Four Fists record release at Triple Rock, 10/08/13
Photo by Erik Hess
P.O.S. and Astronautalis Four Fists record release
with GRRRL PRTY and Allan Kingdom
Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
"Happy fucking Tuesday," P.O.S. exclaimed halfway through his breathless Four Fists set with Astronautalis at the Triple Rock. And indeed, it didn't really matter what day of the week it was, this was definitely the party to be at. A sold-out club rallied around these two talented MCs and DJ Fundo as they celebrated the release of their new Four Fists 7-inch. Their exhilarating 90-minute set featured two new tracks from the release and a slew of collaborative solo songs that really set the crowd off.
The young MC Allan Kingdom easily overcame some technical issues and effortlessly won over the crowd with spirited rhymes and boundless stage presence. Kingdom brought a fresh, youthful enthusiasm to fiery verses over pounding, sparse beats that were reminiscent of Odd Future. It had been a while since I had seen a club that packed for the opening act on a bill, and Twin Cities hip-hop fans wisely showed up early to catch one of the most promising, assured new MCs on the modern rap scene.
Photos by Erik Hess
The ladies in GRRRL PRTY kept the festive vibes going, bringing out flags and fresh beats to get their 35-minute set started. Lizzo, Manchita, and Sophia Eris took the stage with flannels tied around their waists, bringing the '90s style back in both their look and their throwback sound, which blended the buoyant catchiness of Salt-n-Pepa and the rougher collaborative street edge of N.W.A.
The rapid-fire set, which featured the familiar beats of Kanye and Notorious B.I.G. threaded into the mix, got the crowd amped and into it. Lizzo dropped a few tracks from her forthcoming Lizzobangers album into the set as well. "Batches and Cookies" got the club dancing, as did "Wegula" and GRRRL PRTY's new single, "Night Watch." The crew will continue their Minneapolis takeover with their ongoing residency at Icehouse tonight, as a whole host of talented area hip-hop acts are going to keep the GRRRL PRTY going strong.
DJ Fundo took the stage unassumingly, and once he got his decks set up, he self-deprecatingly asked the crowd, "Are you sure you're really ready for P.O.S. and Astronautalis together? With my dumb ass running shit, this could all go horribly wrong." But as the thunderous beats to the new Four Fists single, "Please Go" kicked in, and Stef and Andy took the stage, it was clear that this new partnership was going to work in a major way. The breakneck set featured solo efforts from both MC's stellar back catalog, with Fundo seemingly surprising each MC with the beats he had chosen, as if they didn't quite know what was coming next.
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"We put out a 7-inch today, and we thought it'd be a good idea to throw a party," P.O.S. proudly proclaimed. "Thanks for coming on such short notice." The incendiary set went by in a beat-driven blur of one hit after another, as "Handmade Handgun," "The River, The Woods," "Dimitri Mendeleev" and "Wanted/Wasted" all sounded towering and lively in the packed club. Both poured everything they had into the performance, repeatedly joking while they caught their breath between songs that Fundo needed to slow things down a bit and play a mellow, Mary J. Blige track, which sadly never happened.
During a dynamic take on "Bumper," Astronautalis instructed all of us to "dance like you're in the shower," and the crowd responded by getting loose. The jovial interplay between P.O.S. and Astronautalis had everyone cracking up between songs (as well as during their songs, with both messing up their verses during "The Story of my Life"), and that relaxed camaraderie proved to be a winning, and explosive, combination, as songs everyone in the crowd were already familiar with took on an added urgency and vital edge.
Astronautalis jumped in the crowd to dance during the heated outro to "Midday Moon," connecting with the crowd in a personal way that only strengthened the bond between them. In a clear example of Minnesota Nice, the crew stopped the show for a brief moment while someone in the crowd looked for their glasses, but that break didn't last long, as P.O.S. counted down, "5...4...3...2...1...rap show" as "Terrorish" kicked in and Astronautalis consoled the fan by saying "Remember that time that you lost your glasses at an awesome rap show?"
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And indeed it was an awesome rap show, as the guys brought the set to a triumphant close with a flurry of flat out bangers, with Astronautalis' new song "Running Away" flowing into riotous versions of "Fuck Your Stuff" and "All Of It," causing Andy to briefly reminisce, "Remember that time two and a half years ago when I didn't live here? Yeah, that sucked." After an updated, frantic version of "Trouble Hunters," Doomtree's Mike Mictlan joined the crew and helped truly set the club off with the unofficial hip-hop anthem of the Twin Cities, "Get Down," which had everyone in the club (including the opening acts) jumping in time to the track's towering beats.
After an endearing tribute from P.O.S. to his cohorts, "I love hanging out with my nerdy-ass friends," the powerful, exultant set came to a celebratory close with the flip-side to Four Fists new 7-inch, "MMMMMHMMMMM," with the crowd a bit disappointed at first when they announced it was their last song. "We live here, and we'll be back to play some more shows really soon," P.O.S. said consolingly. And with performances as potent as this one, here's to hoping they don't make us wait too long for another party, for it doesn't matter what night of the week it goes down, we'll all be there.
Personal Bias: P.O.S. has long been my favorite local rapper, and Astronautalis has easily won me over with his dynamic live shows, but I was curious how they would work the stage together. Those concerns were put to rest as the duo delivered my favorite rap show of the year.
The Crowd: The club was packed straight from the start with hip-hop fans who knew we were in for something special.
Overheard In The Crowd: "First of all, P.O.S. is way better than Atmosphere."
Random Notebook Dump: Astronautalis playfully took P.O.S. to task for saying he had a die on his t-shirt, claiming that the singular form is dice -- "I played some D&D on the regular back in the day" -- but sorry Andy, Stef was right on this one.
The River, The Woods
We're All Thirsty
The Story Of My Life
Lockpicks, Knives, Bricks and Bats
Two Years Before The Mast
Fuck Your Stuff
All Of It
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