There's a good cross-section of hip-hop at the Anti-Pop Fest, and the Rhymesayers show (Atmosphere, P.O.S., Blueprint) on Saturday at The Social Pavilion is shaping up to be a high-profile event, despite the fact that 90 percent of self-professed hip-hop fans probably don't know who Atmosphere is; this is, after all, an underground music fest.
Yet this Florida-centric show is going to bring its own off-the-wall noise. Orlando will be represented by the ultra-conscious Hakim Tafari and the demented turntablism team of X:144 & SPS. Astronautalis (pictured) a blinding freestyle wizard who just reissued his jaw-dropping You and Yer Good Ideas album on Orlando-based Fighting Records hails from Jacksonville, as does the geek-hop freak who goes by the name of Rob Roy. Skyrider (from Daytona) may not be strictly hip-hop, but his esoteric beatscapes will fit in on a bill that's diverse and forward-looking in a way that few people associate with Florida. But that's the prevailing theme of this festival, right?
Astronautalis, Rob Roy
Deadnecks, Skyrider, X:144 & SPS, Hakim Tafari
Friday, Oct. 21
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