Nazeem & Spencer Joles opened up the show with their funky brand of rap featuring a live trumpet and saxophone. The live instrumentation is something that I find to be rare in the rap/ hip-hop scene and something that will definitely have me remembering these guys. I will say that the two live instruments along with the two vocalists and DJ became a bit muddy at times but, even when the music seemed muddy, you could still hear the uniqueness of the group. Nazeem had an attitude and sound like Dem Atlas that meshed beautifully with Spencer Joles’ smooth voice that could be compared to Grieves. The two voices, looks, and attitudes put together with the backing instruments and DJ created a great opening act for the night.
The second Siren joined WebsterX for his song Doomsday I fell in love. My friends instantly started tugging on the sleeve of my coat and telling me that I absolutely had to write about this and I definitely agreed, the only issue is, I don’t quite know what to say about Siren. Her voice was the type to give you goosebumps and more. The way she just stood there and sang made it seem effortless. Her presence on stage matched that of WebsterX in the way that you could feel the passion and conviction behind her. As great as WebsterX was, I have to say that Siren was the show stopper of his set, hell, she stopped the whole damn show and I crave seeing her live and getting those goosebumps again.
Sims has power. He has passion. He has absolutely everything you could ask for. From the first second I heard his music I knew that he was going to be a staple in my life’s playlist. Even though last night was a record release show for his newest release, he played through some of his older songs including some of my favorites. Even though he brought local favorite P.O.S onto the stage for a song, all eyes were still on Sims and he proved that he is definitely a standout act in the much hyped local rap/ hip-hop scene.
I wish I had more to say about Sims’ set but, like so many other great sets, I just don’t have words to match the feeling I got as I danced around like an idiot with good friends by my side and a giant smile on my face.