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Greensboro hip hop on the rise

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Greensboro’s rapidly growing hip-hop scene was on display once again on April 2 at Greene Street Club for Ed E. Ruger’s Birthday Bash. The “Beasts of the Boro” showcased some of Greensboro’s finest hip-hop talent, including Kaveman, MTTS, Ed E. Ruger, Don KotiX, Illpo and the Cream Team.

With just over 300 people in attendance, the show started off with a performance from Young Stacks, whom I’m told was a last-minute addition to the show but looked as if he was well prepared for this appearance. Mightier Than The Sword Records took the stage next, headed up by Ty Bru. They ran through a few crowd pleasers and introduced a few new members to their clique. Kaveman followed them up with a solo performance. Ed E. Ruger, voted Best Local Hip-Hop last year,took the stage next with his Iconoclast Crew. Backed by Stitchy C, Ruger performed tracks off of his latest album, Lights Out, including “Ballin’ Like a Midget” and “Like Yeah.” He finished his set bringing Ty Bru back on stage to perform, and the crowd erupted in chants of “brown bag” while DJ Phillie Phresh scratched in the background.

After Ruger, a young MC by the name of Don KotiX to ok the stage with his long time partner-in-rhyme Raw English. Representing HardComers Entertainment, the two showed major energy while performing songs from KotiX’s latest album, Feel Good Music, ending with “Breakin’ No Bread,” for which he invited members of the crowd to join him on stage. Illpo, nominated for Best Hip-hop Group in the NC Underground Music Awards this year, was next and commanded the crowd throughout their set. The night was finished up by the Cream Team. With DJ E Sudd there to hype the crowd, the Cream Team’s high energy show was capped off with their single “Gotta Stay Fresh,” which won Best Video this year at the NC Underground Music A’wards.

Greensboro’s local hip-hop scene is definitely on the rise. Ed E. Ruger would like to give a special thanks to JJ the Jenius & Maximus Music.

He will be performing again at the Clubhouse with Don KotiX, Illpo & MTTS on April 23.

— Carl Farmer

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