[Apologies for the late review, but as they say, “Better late then…ahhh fuck it.” ]
It felt like it was only yesterday I was standing in the middle of 10,000 people at Red Rocks shamelessly and emphatically dropping bows to Baauer and RL Grime as they played, undoubtedly, the beastliest of sets at this year’s Global Dance Festival in Colorado. With that memory still vividly embedded in my mind, the anticipation of last week’s RLGrime show at Rumor in Boston, MA was equivalent of what I imagine Kanye feels when he approaches a full-sized mirror.
First off, I would like to thank the guys at Oxford Group for bringing Henry Steinway to his first Boston show. His name, a spin-off from childhood freaky favorite author, RLStein, could not describe his style more perfectly; DARK AND FILTHY. The trap movement has made a huge surge in 2013 and large part to producers like RL Grime with anthem remixes of Kanye’s “Mercy”, Bennassi’s “Satisfaction”, Rihanna’s “Pour it up”, and Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa”. And if you think that he’s a one trick pony and only can remix tracks, check out his original EP “High Beams” he released earlier this year and you’ll understand why he’s so highly regarded in the bass scene.
Onto the actual show…but let me preface this by saying, I’m not going to sit here and dissect his set list because an RL Grime show is exactly what you expect, tons of bass and snare. His foundation has always been hip-hop so there was a large dose of that. And being completely honest, I don’t think a single person in the place actually could recall a damn thing from his set; it got weird real quick…continue reading.
As I walked into the venue, I quickly knew this was not going to be your typical trap/bass-heavy event. I was expecting to see guys in bro tanks, yolo hats, and some sorry-beat SB Dunks, and on the other side, girls in over-the-top neon attire with some $6 sunglasses. Not to say that they weren’t well represented, but I was pleasantly surprised to see girls in dresses and dolled-up to the max for such a trill show. Overall, I was impressed with the diverse representation at the show. As RL Grime made his way to the decks, I could have sworn I was there to see Obama spin at a GOP function because he was immediately swarmed by a large group of people which I couldn’t tell was his entourage or a bunch groupies getting in line for the after party, but I digress. The moment he introduced himself, it was evident that people were looking for a reason to get “TURNT UP”. He started with some notable tracks such as “Mercy” and Flosstradamus’ “Underground” which set the tone for which would an energy enthralled Thursday night. As I looked around trying to avoid assaulting bystanders with my life-threatening dance moves, I couldn’t help watch the night club turn into an absolute zoo; largely due to the massive bangers RL Grime was laying and he did not let up the entire set. The scene was filled with girls twerking themselves onto lonely pedestrians, groups of people moshing on the dance floor, body parts and limbs flailing everywhere, and champagne streaming from one side of the room to the other. To say the least, this was your not typical EDM show; this had more of a feel of a high school dance with the chaperones being bartenders. And by the end of the night, fans exited drenched in their own (possibly someone else’s) bodily fluids but they didn’t seem to mind because they had just experienced one of the best DJ performances in Boston in recent memory. I just hope that their ready to do it again when Baauer comes to Boston to wrap up his tour at the end of this month.
And if you weren’t at the show and want a glimpse on what it was like, it went something like this:
Written by Trill Cosby