Will Wale’s Openers Steal my Heart?

Posted on January 16, 2010 by


Alright, so I already posted about Wale playing at Harper’s here.

What I failed to mention in that post, however, is how great I think the openers will be. I’ve spent part of today checking out the three acts that will precede my man Wale, and they seem dope enough to switch my alliances.

I can guarantee that even if you think Samuel Adams is only a historical figure/ beer, you’ve heard this remix of the Gaga’s song:

Sammy can only be described as a multi-tasker. He raps, he sings, he mixes, he produces, he remixes; and more than that, he pulls from everything from contemporary hip-hop beats to electronica to pop music.

Also up is Bad Rabbits, who are using this venue as their debut CD release party. I actually have never heard them before, but as it stands, I’m excited to check them out. Formerly known as the Eclectic Collective, they’re — well — pretty eclectic. What sounds like a mix of R&B-tinged soul, hip-hop, rock, and pop, Bad Rabbits gives off a funky Prince-esque energy. This kind of music isn’t where I would typically find myself, but these guys just look like a lot of fun.

Can’t Back Down from Bad Rabbits on Vimeo.

The third act — Blak Madeen — won my favor immediately by having a picture of Malcolm X on their MySpace page. A hip-hop duo, Blak Madeen spit positive lyrics, sample quirky 80’s pop songs, and seem to have a good flow. Both members — Al-J and Yusef — are dedicated Muslims, so their music has a spiritual/ religious edge. I’ll be interested to see how they perform.

And, of course, Wale will be there. So if you have nothing to do tonight, consider checking this show out. It’s pretty rare that I ever arrive at a show before the headliner goes on, but I’ll be getting to Harper’s early tonight. With this lineup, I can’t imagine that I’ll regret it.