Even diehard rap fans will tell you: There's something about recorded rap music that often doesn't translate well to the stage. It makes sense for a lot of artists; for those who rely on a carefully chosen vocabulary, much of what makes an artist great can get completely lost in a noisy venue. Some rappers are magnetic in the first place because of their personality and energy, such as Flatbush Zombies, who were backed by Dizzy Wright and local artist Rimes on 4/19 at Cervantes'. Coming into the show, and even after seeing Wright perform, who had the audience in the palm of his hand at all times, I thought the Flatbush Zombies would somehow be even better. They weren't. They weren't bad, as far as rap shows go, but as seems to happen so often in this genre, with some exceptions, they didn't hold up to their recorded quality.
From the "Thug Waffle" music video by Flatbush Zombies