When: Fri., June 22, 10 p.m. 2012
The portmanteau "Madflowridiculous" sounds like an ill-advised descriptor for the wordy world of rap ciphers. But it's actually the new collaborative album from Kooley High emcee Tab-One and self-proclaimed "melody coordinator extraordinaire," Raleigh producer Sunshine J. That's all right: Between Rapsody's overplayed rap homages and Charlie Smarts' wanderings, Kooley High's third emcee, Tab-One, has always been the one to turn his raps into man-versus-himself rhyme battles. He loves rapping.
Don't see this as Tab-One's stepping out but rather as him shifting his stratagem to highlight the same skill set he toyed with on his first solo project, The Tabloids. This time, Sunshine J treats Tab-One to a mélange of beats ranging from the weighty, whistling horns of "Never Give Up" to the dainty jazz of "Origami Rap," where Tab-One raps cleverly, "I get ripped on bass, kicks and melodies/ and met tricks whose metrics won't measure me."
Tab-One is hardly a newcomer to Raleigh's music scene, but just like Raleigh's recently renovated Pullen Park—where Tab-One, Sunshine J and Kooley High affiliate Napoleon Wright II romp around in part of the video for Madflowridiculous' second single, "Sunshinin'"—this project is a sweet upgrade to recreation. Joe Scudda, Median and Wreck N Crew open Friday's show at 10 p.m. —Eric Tullis