Liner Notes: Mac Lethal's Midwest Attack | Sound Stories & Interviews | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Coverage for Central Oregon, by Central Oregonians.

The Source Weekly has been here for you, keeping you in the know throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

We’ve delivered important updates and dispatches from a summer of racial unrest.

We’ve interviewed dozens of state and local political candidates to help you make an informed decision during election season.

And we’ve brought you 22 years of important news and feature reporting—along with all the events, happenings, food, drink and outdoors coverage you’ve come to know and love. We’re a newspaper for Central Oregon, by Central Oregonians, and it is and always has been free for readers.

If you appreciate our coverage, we invite you to spread the love and to join our growing membership program, Source Insider.
Support Us Here

Music » Sound Stories & Interviews

Liner Notes: Mac Lethal's Midwest Attack

Last week in this very column we discussed the geographical idiosyncrasies of the hip-hop world, specifically the influx of dope-ass rhymes emanating from the Bay

by

comment
Last week in this very column we discussed the geographical idiosyncrasies of the hip-hop world, specifically the influx of dope-ass rhymes emanating from the Bay Area. But this week, we're spinning the globe a bit to the right to take a look at the Midwest, which has long had a bustling indie hip-hop scene going down.

On Monday night, Kansas City's Mac Lethal brings his high-minded (albeit sometimes foulmouthed) version of rap music to the Domino Room along with a list of up-and-comers on his opening slate. Mac Lethal, like many Midwest hip-hoppers, is on the Rhymesayers label - a Minneapolis-based company best known as the home of indie super-duo Atmosphere. It's hard these days to say that any music, rap included, has the sort of regionalized "sound" that once existed (Remember the whole East Coast vs. West Coast thing? Those groups actually did sound different) but there is certainly an identity associated with a band's home, and that does come through in the lyrics.

Last week, 92.7FM DJ Jay Carlson gave us a taste of a trio called Soulcrate Music, one of the openers for Mac Lethal, that come from Carlson's hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. And if you want to talk about regionalizing one's music, these guys do it well with their single "Rap Music From the Middle of Nowhere." Hey, at least they're honest.

 

Mac Lethal, Grieves, Sadistik, Soulcrate Music

8pm doors, 9pm show. Monday, November 24. Domino Room 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $10/advanced, $12/door. All ages.


About The Author

Speaking of On Stage

Add a comment

More by Mike Bookey