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Maha Music Festival 2014 | Full Coverage
Before M34N STR33T even took the stage, their set generated buzz.
What were those picket signs? The ones lining the front of the Omaha Gives stage all early afternoon, and reading things like “R34d a book,” “Pizza is the truth,” and “RIP Jay Adams.”
After a slam poetry reading from Louder Than A Bomb, rapper Conchance and beatmakers Haunted Gauntlet and DJ Really Real took the stage, bringing with them a large drawing cutout of a cyclops-esque Scottie Pippen.
The trio’s set was booming with beats borrowing retro doo-wop samples and Conchance’s quick, effortless rhymes.
In what turned out to be a smart branding move, the group announced they would leave their picket signs with the Maha crowd after the set was over. These signs were toted around by festival-goers for the rest of the day, carrying M34M STR33T’s both nonsensical and positive messages.
The hip-hop trio played songs from their new debut album, Mutants of Omaha, including “Nite Owl,” which featured no shortage of soul-inspired sounds. Download that album for free here.
The crowd cheered as Conchance gave advice on self-dignifying ethics. The rapper told the crowd to respect its elders, if they respect you. He also told the audience to respect the police, but not to show that respect to anyone who does not respect you back, a possible allusion to the recent controversial events in Ferguson, Missouri.
The group ended with the humorously titled “Scottie Pippen’s Right Knee.” A song with lyrics fitting for the set’s positive statements: “Shouts out to respect, you cannot forget love. What’s good modesty? Hello to your sister integrity.”
Following the group’s set, Conchance apologized to the crowd, specifically the families at the festival, for M34N STR33T’s explicit lyrics. The rapper said the swear words in the songs are simply a part of the songs and their meanings. Understandable, seeing as how worrying about explicit lyrics may have disrupted Conchance’s otherwise relentless flow.
photos by Shelby Wolfe
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