Thursday, March 26, 2009
Louie V- Shoot For the Moon
Kansas City can be an unforgiving place for rappers. There's constant pressure to reflect the appalling violence in the streets. The tragic legacies of Mac Dre and Fat Tone seem to serve as the scene's default blueprints. The racks of local retail specialists are dominated by artists that mirror the thuggish, fatalistic styles of the late rappers. That's why I'm so encouraged by the uncommon post-Kanye West approach of Louie V. "Who would have ever thought that Kansas City would be the birthplace of the best rapper alive?" Louie V boasts on "My City." It's a laughably ludicrous statement, of course, but the imagination and ambition displayed on Pronounced Five (download it at his MySpace) shows that he may get there yet. Louie V opens for Afroman at the Granada on March 28.
I reviewed Monday's show by Katy Perry and The Daylights.
MURS and Tech N9ne together? Strange but true. Check it out here.
In the off chance you're interested, here are the details on where I was last week.
Kansas City Click: Next-big-thing jazz phenom Grace Kelly appears with Greg Carroll at the Blue Room tonight.