Inside the Music was filled with the type of folks that make the club get crunk — a crowd that was diverse, unpretentious and ready to rock. But this was no ordinary nightspot. Fans, bloggers, shutterbugs and the like packed OutKast’s legendary Stankonia Studio for the second installment of the up-and-coming artist showcase hosted by Maurice Garland.
The Oct. 28 edition of the event begun by Jeron Ward of Royal Flush, came fresh on the heels of A3C. FKi, Young Lyxx, Sean Falyon, Aleon Craft and Grip Plyaz filled the bill. They’re all rising stars, who have rocked many a stage in Atlanta, but you got a sense that they felt the privilege of performing at the place from which all funky thangs come.
The evening started with the Cali native Young Lyxx and duo FKi who raised a “Red Cup” fresh off their Zoolandish album.
Top highlights included Sean Falyon with his Raekwon “Ice Cream”-flavored “What Ya Like” and “Wonderful Life.”
Lyrically, the evening belonged to Laws. The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League starter made the crowd stop and pay attention with rhymes from his new mixtape 4:57 about a girl “so bad, I don’t even trust my shadow with you.”
Next came a cloaked-in-black Aleon Craft, alongside his Star Wars Stormtrooper-masked guitarist, looking ready for Halloween. They were joined by a blond and pink-haired “dancer” with "booty bustin' out the seams" of her shredded shorts (see above) for their performance of “Donkey Kong.” Grip Plyaz stepped in for their joint “Step Out.”
Grip closed out the night, "reppin’ the Fourth Ward,” as Maurice Garland reminded us. The slowly thinning audience bounced to “Jockin’” and “Fuck Dat Hipster Shit.”
The show was a vivid snapshot of hip-hop’s future in ATL. And whether or not the fans or performers acknowledged it, there could not have been a better venue than Stankonia since OutKast’s DNA was definitely all in their music.
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