Band: Haystak, Statik G
Date: Thursday, Jan. 10, with doors at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St. (Mobile), soulkitchenmobile.com
Tickets: $12 in advance/$15 day of show; available via venue website or 1-866-777-8932
Haystak’s Southern rap set at Soul Kitchen promises to show the Azalea City another side of Music City’s rich indie scene. This roughneck verbal assassin has spent two decades spreading his edgy brand of hip-hop, which combines Biggie Smalls’ worldly-wise lyrical prowess with Bubba Sparxx’s Southern-fried goodness.
From live albums to collaborations, Haystak’s catalog includes 20 albums to fuel his adrenalized live shows. His latest full-length is “9-5 or 20-Life,” a collaboration with fellow rapper Dusty Leigh. With his recent signing to the RhymeSick label, could his next album already be in the works?
Speaking of RhymeSick, the label’s president, Statik G, will be opening, performing tracks from his latest album, “Terrorist.” This hip-hop up and comer maintains a solid, energized verbal flow that falls somewhere between El-P and Slick Rick. The infectious rhythm and lyrical wordplay on “Terrorist” cannot be ignored. If Statik G can duplicate his studio vibe live, those unfamiliar with this rapper will be pleasantly surprised.