It’s not often you will see hip-hop shows in Erie. It’s not because there is a lack of hip-hop acts, (believe me, there’s plenty), it’s just they don’t have venues to perform in. To me, that’s a shame because the Erie hip-hop scene is highly talented and growing every year. When someone is able to get a venue to perform in, you will find support through family, friends, and fellow artists.
Well, let me correct that…because other artists are like family. At Devious’ King Kong CD release party, it wasn’t just friends, but a big family. I say this because other hip-hop artists came out to support each other. Showing support were artists such as Colonel Clink, Hectic, Alberian Kelevra, Hectic, J-Roc the Don, and Swagger Rich Entertainment to name a few. They were there in full support of Devious and Afficial Killaz. With all of these artists, it’s hard not to have a good time. Out of all the shows I’ve been to thus far, Devious’ show was the most fun I’ve had.
There were barely any breaks in between sets, and there was still not enough time for everyone to showcase their rhymes. So instead of not performing, they joined the crowd on the stage and all rapped together. Like I said, it was hard to not have a good time. You find yourself dancing, nodding your head, and shouting out parts of the lyrics. I swear Devious was on stage for 3 hours straight, playing all the way up until 2:00 A.M. Probably my favorite song of the night was right around that 2:00 A.M. mark. Get Low had people in the crowd and on the stage going crazy. Like they say, times flies when you’re having fun, and the night was wrapping up.
By the shows end, I had a new CD for my collection, new friends, and a whole new perspective on the hip-hop scene in Erie. I suggest you buy Devious’ 20-track album King Kong. If you want to have a great time, meet some new people, and be entertained with live music, I suggest…wait, no, I DEMAND you to see a hip-hop show. When they have a show, they will go all out. Hopefully, more venues will accommodate the rising hip-hop scene. Who knows, the next Wiz Kalifia (who played at the Metropolitan a few years ago) may be right here in Erie.