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Friday, June 6, 2008

Friday To-Do: Maxximum Impact

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 11:40 AM


9 p.m., Downtown Music. $5.

Back in April, rapper Max Farrell, who performs as Maxx, hosted a concert at Vino's that packed in close to 300. Those are pretty staggering numbers for a local bill, particularly with a high school kid — an upper-middle-class white kid at that — headlining a hip-hop show in a club known lately for emo and punk. Farrell, who's since graduated from Central High (he'll attend Grinnell in the fall), is a strong talent. His rhymes are basic, but often skewed and smart enough to mask their simplicity. His flow, once fairly deliberate, has become dexterous. He's even producing with impressive results (see below for a sample). But Farrell's success probably has more to do with his general charisma than his rap talent. He knows a lot of people, including, from his time in the inaugural session of the Hip-Hop School, a good number of the scene's top rappers. Emboldened by his initial success, he's seeking to broaden his reach. He was fairly ubiquitous at Riverfest, handing out flyers, and he's cut a promotional video for the show, which shows him catching air after taking a hill in his Chevy truck (craziness on the road leads to craziness on the stage seems to be the message). His line-up should help, too. Local favorite 607 joins North Rock, Bware, Rockst*r and long-off-the-radar Trapper the Rapper. hosts with g-force manning the turntables.

Here's a self-produced track to whet your appetite.

Maxx- Rap Like So


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