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Basi & Bhairav, DJ Knowsthetime, 3rd Dimension, KennyHoopla, Son!, Hiwot

  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Photo by Brigham Starks.

Photo by Brigham Starks.

The partnership of Oakland emcee Basi and Princeton producer BHAIRAV, who met as students at UW-Madison, has been going steady for a little over a year now. They have a solid debut EP in this year's Son Of The Moon, a handful of shows, a project slated for next year, and oodles of undesignated and unreleased tracks to show for it. The strongest track they've released together so far is "Zeitgeist," wherein Basi flexes his rhyme scheme prowess and BHAIRAV's tendency to dress up beats to the nines is on full display. Individually, they've also been productive—Basi has three singles out off his next EP, Skylord, which is largely produced by himself and members of ME eN YOU. It's also due out next month. Each track he's released so far from the project further establishes his core tenets as an emcee—airtight flows and sweet, but never saccharine, wordplay. Still, they show a different side of the emcee, perhaps in accordance with his habit of changing his artist name (he's also gone as Heru and Ru). "Bbygirl" is a proper love song, on which Basi raps sweetly lines like "I'ma make a move if it feel good / Baby you can be my little backwood," over a jazzy, ephemeral instrumental. BHAIRAV, on the other hand, has recently been working on his DJing skills and is holding out on releasing anything as he sharpens and expands his production palette. This show, though, will re-join the pair and will also feature some of said unreleased tracks. —Henry Solo

Earlier Event: December 8
Brian Regan
Later Event: December 9
An Inn In Tokyo (free)