SP Double at Gothic Theatre, 7/14/12

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SP Double at the Gothic Theatre on Saturday night.


SP DOUBLE @ GOTHIC THEATRE | 7.14.12

See Also:
- SP Double has come a long way, and it shows
- Mr. Midas on Son of the Crack Era, hip-hop unity and the downfall of King Midas
- Morning Star is striving to make his rise in the Denver rap game
- "Welcome to the CO"

The doors opened at 8 p.m., but the first act didn't go on until 9:30. All the downtime gave the crowd plenty of time to thicken up and work on getting drunk. DJ MFTwo kept the tables turning, even if it was merely background music for socializing. The crowd was a nicely diverse mix of hardened heads, drunk twenty-somethings and scantily clad younger ladies. The vibe was positive, and you could tell everyone was there to see a show.

The first act of the night was Signature Music Group. Although the two MCs, CR. and Joe Stacc$, rapped over pre-recorded tracks with vocals, their timing and mike control made it hard to tell. Their performance was engaging and interactive without being over the top. Their style was refreshingly old school with classic lyricism. The group's short set was just long enough for the duo to pique interest.

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Mr. Midas at the Gothic Theatre

After MFTwo filled the fifteen minute break, Mr. Midas hit the stage with not one, but two hype men. The crowd thickened on the floor as he engaged them with some audience participation exercises. The highlight of his set was when he broke out a track utilizing fun.'s "We Are Young" as a hook. This energized the crowd and allowed him to break into an equally dramatic a cappella.

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Morning Star at the Gothic Theatre.

Next up was obvious crowd favorite, Morning Star. He was also accompanied by two hype men, only his guys were more vocal and overpowering than Midas's and ended up overshadowing his performance more than complimenting. Some sound issues with the mike made the MC hard to hear, and also made the fact that he was rapping over his album a little more conspicuous. The oddest part about this was that he sounded distinctively different live than his recorded vocals.

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Morning Star at the Gothic Theatre.

Morning Star has obvious charisma, which explains the crowd's devotion, but his overuse of N bombs was a little obnoxious and didn't speak highly of his lyrical ability. Near the end of his set, Morning Star broke out a personal track about abuse he endured as a child, giving the first completely honest glimpse into the rapper.

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SP Double with Rok Da Royal at the Gothic Theatre.

SP Double started his tight set with a hip-hop quiz, paying tribute to the fallen MCs that have shaped the genre. SP is clearly quite comfortable on stage, a testament to his years of experience. The night seemed to be a battle of the hypemen, and SP's was, by far, the hypest. SP kept his set compact and straight to the point while showcasing other MCs that he collaborated with on his album, Loyalty Honor Respect.

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SP Double rocking "Welcome to the CO" with Charlie Ray (on the mike), Morning Star, Mr. Midas and Rok Da Royal.

Near the end of his set, in a show of solidarity, the MC brought up all of the other acts on the bill and they performed the Mile High anthem, "Welcome to the CO". This awesome display of unity was a pleasant surprise, and, ironically, it came just before a brief, impromptu set by extremely talented Washington-based Boostwell crew member C.Ray.

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C.Ray at the Gothic Theatre.

With a thinning crowd, Dope City took the stage following a theatrical video introduction, and the four MCs, sans DJ, weaved through a set of bass heavy tracks about getting money. The video interludes and digital banners added a pro look, but their set could have used a bit more rehearsing to support that image. There were a few times during the set that the members seemed bored (one dude even seemed to check his phone a few times). A gimmicky champagne toast at the end of the set was a little much.

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Dope City at the Gothic Theatre.

All and all, though, it was a great night at the Gothic. The unity and respect that was shown by all the artists throughout the night was mirrored by the crowd. It was nice to have such a positive vibe and see such a solid turn out for an all local show. Let's hope we see more shows like these in the future.


CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

Personal Bias: A hype man can be a blessing or a curse. More often than not, though, it's the latter.

Random Detail: Everyone was wearing cargo shorts.

By The Way: It's been said over and over again: Don't rap over your pre-recorded vocals. Just fucking don't!




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Gothic Theatre

3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO

Category: Music

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13 comments
weare5280
weare5280

I hollerd at kreepa it wasnt him there was an Impersonator on here trying to start shit its all love bro and who ever that was on here tryin to start beef your a coward you hide behind the internet thats real manly of you shout out to THEREALKREEPA!!!

kreepa720
kreepa720

THEREALKREEPA 

OK FIRST OF ALL I Fuck With Some Of These People On This Article,  second, The Person Sayin There "Kreepa" Isnt Me.... This Is ME and I Apoligixe To These Artists On Here For Having to hear that stupid shit sumone else is posting Dirtyin my name up.... But S/O Ta DoeCity, Morning Star and Sp Double, This Is THEREALKREEPA If U Got ?'s, Comments, Or Concerns Contact Me ASAP On Twitter:  @kreepa720 On FaceBook: facebook.com/kreepa720 Thanks 

Morningstarsmusic
Morningstarsmusic

I was at the gothic haha dope Ooo I forgot nigga nigga nigga nigga bitch hoe cause some of us is niggas and some of them is hoes lOl thanks for having me my nigga sp everyone did they thing s/o tO the person that did the article and 2 the WESTWORD for taking time 2 acknowledge co rap EZMONEY MANE!!!!

Obae Dopecityent
Obae Dopecityent

Who the hell is a kreepa wtf??? never heard of you??? oh wait your the kid begging to get on our shows hahah fuckin lame you just fucked up any future events oh well lmao!!

Sp Double
Sp Double

WOW! I want to personally thank everybody (Acts and Fans) for making this night such a great success! We are working HARD to make the next one bigger and better! Thank you to Westword for making it out, we will take your criticism and apply where we see fit! Respect to everybody doing their thing, As we move forward! Sp Double Boostwell Ent.

Ashley
Ashley

Awesome show with awesome talent everybody did good, and that kreepa kid or whatever sounds like a winy little bitch. 

JustMe
JustMe

It's kreepa I aint hating just telling the truth. Youtube.com/itskreepa see for yaself. 

courtney
courtney

I have to give it up to everyone for doing their thing, but my favorites where definitely sp and dopecity!! I agree with the article in the fact that it was very cool of sp to give a shout out to all the other acts, definitely lets you know what kind of a person he is and thats admirable! However, saying dopecity could use more practice is ignorant...they are the only act that went above and beyond with the props and the video in the back! I have never seen a local show do that & their stage presence was immaculate! It was only a plus you could actually understand them.. in my opinion dopecity definitely raised the bar for local acts. Even with the horrible time they went on (after the headliner ??) They rocked that shit!

Obae Dopecityent
Obae Dopecityent

Everyone did there thing if your going to get on here and run your mouth at least let us know who you are fuck boy!! alot of rappers mad that they didnt get an invite to perform step your mohafuckin game up and maybe we'll reconize you but till then your invisible out here WE ARE THE C.O!!!

your obviously hateful
your obviously hateful

Would your name happen to be Scott Fernald? LOL fuck out of here with your wanna be street nonsense.

Yeah Fooken Right!
Yeah Fooken Right!

SP sucks and can't ever rap, beats suck, he raps for wierdo white people who think they love hip hop but dont even fuck with niggas, bro aint even from the hood he's from lord knows where, sounds like he's from Arvada or some shit!

JustMe
JustMe

All these artists are wack besides SP.  

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