Spin and rhyme at hip-hop
By M. Kahlil Taylor
Daily Cougar Staff
Houston began to blow up the spot nationally
around the time Geto Boyz dropped their first album. Since then, most of
the American hip-hop community has viewed Houston as the home of "thugged
out gangster rappers" and "screwed up cliques."
The Hip-hop Elements Festival will showcase
local acts this Saturday at the Engine Room, that break the mold with diversity
The festival will cover hip-hop's four
primary elements: rhyming, graffiti, turntables and break dancing. Local
rap groups such as The K-Otix, Dru Sparks Project, Fliponya, ZIN and Food
for Thought will perform the music that has given Houston a new image amongst
hip-hop's international fans.
Houston DJs Ceeplus, Comp1, Akshun Kid,
DJ Steel from Affiliated Intelligence and special guest DJs will be spinning
the wheels of steel for fans reciting old schools rhymes, break dancers
and graffiti in progress.
Some members from Mathmatic Djs will be
performing during this hip-hop Elements Festival as well. With a whole
pool of great musicians, this festival is definitely going to be a happening
for a Saturday night.
The Trio known as K-Otix has been collaborating
since 1992, creating such classic tracks as "Do You Wanna Be An MC?" featuring
DJ Cash Money and making one of Houston's best musician Web sites, www.K-Otix.com.
K-Otix's perseverance over the years has
led them to opening for acts such as Outkast, Hieroglyphics and The Roots.
They drop personal documentary-style rhymes such as "See these eyes that
can't stand at attention/ Living through a day of apprehension/ Wishing
to improve on my condition."
Houston's MC Zin and Trickle Down Entertainment
has been performing poetry, promoting events, and rapping around the world
heavily in the past few years.
Although Zin's "The Rebirth of Real" Thursday
poetry nights at Da Den night club and Web site www.geocities.com/ziny2g
have been extremely successful, he is most well known around Houston for
his recent album release of Y2K Compliant Soul Vol. 1.
Zin's "Hustlers, God Trusters, and the
Famous" will rock the Engine Room crowd. Although many of the DJs performing
are seen spinning around Houston often, this time the fans will be able
to watch an open dance circle hosted by G.I. Joe.
Local breaker dances and crews such as
United B-Boys, Koro, OSC, Alien Squad, Swing Team and Austin's Romeo Navarro
may be getting busy to the beats in the circle as well.
What should make this event even more spectacular
is the space in which it will be hosted. The Engine Room has sitting booths,
plenty of floor space, pool tables and a long bar. When Hieroglyphics and
The Executioners performed there, the atmosphere was electric and energetic.
With only a $5 entrance price, this hip-hop
fest is well worth the money. The Engine room is located at 1515 Pease
at Crawford. Doors open at 9 p.m. For more information, call (713) 654-7846.