City Arts Fest: Mos Def & The Physics @ Showbox SoDo 10/18

all photos by David Lichterman

If you live in the Pacific NW, chances are you know about The Physics, the young up and coming rap group from Seattle. And if you like rap or poetry and are between the ages of 50 and 10, you probably know who Mos Def is, the liminal poet/rapper who brought slam poetry to the mainstream with his Def Poetry Jam. So in a way it seems redundant to review a show that was always going to please: neither act has given anyone any reason for them to be less than brilliant.

Showbox SoDo was packed to the brim, and though I missed the first two acts, I could tell they had done a great job of getting everyone in the mood. Kingdom Crumbs’ most recent album was one of my favorite local listens, so I was happy to know they got the chance to be on the bill alongside Mos Def. The Physics came on to much excitement - they are definitely one of the bigger local rap acts, and with their enthusiastic and youthful performance, I completely understand why.

I’m not going to pretend that I know very much about Mos Def beyond that he is an amazingly talented rapper.  Going to this show was a learning lesson for me - regardless of his being 40 minutes late, seeing a master on stage with little to no knowledge of his discography and live performance was a treat. I don’t have much to say about his show except that it was great - he’s got charisma and skill to shame most, and his performance was incredible to someone who doesn’t frequent rap shows. “I don’t care what people think of me,” he said at one point, invigorating the crowd with his openness. But, I’m willing to bet that if you’re reading this blog post you know more about him than me, and therefore I’ll go ahead and give you the photos so you can bask in the glory that is Mos Def.

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