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When: Fri., July 3, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $10-$15
Critical consensus indicates that local production duo Friendzone helped forerun cloud rap, wherein sparse beats swathed in diffuse textures underpin idiosyncratic MCs whose flows seem to bob in a narcotic haze. Still, it’s not as if Friendzone emerged as totems of a long-running local cloud rap scene; the style gestated and mutated online, where even Swedish artists like Yung Lean could adopt it. Footwork, though, was more defiantly native to Chicago, where the skittish, choppy production style accompanied battling footwork dancers for years. Still, footwork went global anyway. Sela — who shares a bill with Friendzone at Studio Grand (3234 Grand Ave., Oakland) on Friday — started to archive it from his home in Vallejo, scouring dormant servers for the work of artists in the shadow of scene figureheads such as DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, and the Teklife cohort. His CRACK compilations, free for download, are crucial documents of the movement. Perhaps inevitably, that preservationist impulse started to color Sela’s original output: His sound cloud brims with the jittery loops and sample-based sketches foreran by Chicagoans.
— Sam Lefebvre


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