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Published on June 30th, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin

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MOP – recap

A grimey line up of hop-hop kept things interesting over the weekend at Cervantes’ Other Side. M.O.P. headlined the show, stepping onstage a few minutes past midnight.

I checked in with media a few hours earlier, got myself a drink, and watched the opening acts.

First out of the gate was Merciless Articulation. MA, who featured his son, spit with passion and authenticity where the lyricism was lacking, and set the bar high for the following performers.

Kevin Young and his crew went up in all black and flipped the tone from the poetic to the doetic with a trap sound and some rhymes about cooking. They didn’t slack even though the place was really just starting to fill up.

Planes sounded solid, as usual. They put some smoke in the air and brought an energetic set even though the club was lagging to catch up with the stage. One audience member was feeling it, taking off his hat and shirt before approaching the stage to talk some shit to the MCs. But they made peace in the end. And Planes won the night’s shoe game, with top kick going to the pink Penny foamposites.

Representing Brooklyn, M.O.P. came out with excitement and a tight flow. They were a bit disappointed with Denver’s turnout but a few dedicated fans gave them a spark. M.O.P. has been rapping for over 20 years, made some tracks with artists like Jay-Z, Mobb Deep, and Busta Rhymes, and released collaborations with DJ Premier and more. But tonight they were satisfied to connect with their underground fan base, play their banger “Ante Up,” and let the Saturday night progress.

Cervantes regularly hosts some of Denver’s best rap shows. Keep an eye on the calendar and find your way to the next big name – if Denver rap fans want quality rappers to show up, we must meet them there!

 

By: Martin Osborn @o_z.z_y

 

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