Posted by: thecyberkrib | March 23, 2009

Event: SXSW Video Recap Part 1 (Kid Cudi + More or Les + Janelle Monae)


Well, another SXSW has come and gone, and it appears that hip hop has become quite a genre to mess with at the Austin based music festival.

With a multitude of showcases, hosted by literally every major media and blog outlet you can think of, here’s some hightlight video footage from Austin that has emerged so far.

Kid Cudi’s appearances in Austin kicked off at the Nah Right x Smoking Section “Bootleggers and Tastemakers” showcase, where Cudi quashed rumours that stemmed from a blog posting on his own site, Cudi himself stating that he would retire after his debut album, as the music life had left his personal life in shambles.  DJ Skee TV covered the retraction of this statement first…

…and The Smoking Section got to speak to Cudi and 88-Keys in the streets of Austin a day following that first showcase.

Toronto’s More or Les and live beat-man Freshkills were among a crew of Canadian hip hop who appeared at SXSW, and without fail Les was up to his old tricks throwing down in the streets of downtown Austin with Kills doing live beats on his MPC, all running through a guitar amp. CBC Radio 3 TV caught Les throwing down…

An enormous showcase kicked off SXSW at the Austin Music Hall presented by Afro-Punk and Frank151 featuring Big Boi from Outkast with a live band, Janelle Monae, K’NAAN, The Dallas Austin Experience, Florida Black Punks Whole Wheat Bread, and London Souls. WNYC Radio caught some good footage (sound had to be dubbed)…

…and more footage from the Atlantic Records party tent.

More to come in part 2.


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