Year-in-Review: 2013’s Most Memorable Columbus Hip-hop Moments

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From the December 26, 2013 edition

When it comes to Columbus hip-hop in 2013, many a memorable moment surfaced. Veteran emcees and producers dropped projects while newer artists surfaced. Below are some of the more memorable moments from the past year that I witnessed.

Kool Keith at Ace of Cups

Kool Keith’s visit to Columbus was almost as mysterious as the vibe he often conveys through his music. Tim Dog had (supposedly) died that day and it was strange because it wasn’t until later I would connect the two events.

Just hours after Tim Dog died, Kool Keith took the stage at Ace of Cups for a performance that lasted almost two hours, and fans LOVED it. I asked Keith afterward about the death of his former Ultramagnetic partner and he replied that he thought it sounded like a hoax. At the time, I wrote it off as Kool Keith being Kool Keith but rumors surfaced later that the news of Tim Dog’s death was possibly false in order for the rapper to evade numerous lawsuits he was facing. Weird. Just hours after Tim Dog died, Kool Keith took the stage at Ace of Cups for a performance that lasted almost two hours, and fans LOVED it. about the death of his former Ultramagnetic partner and he replied that he thought it sounded like a hoax. At the time, I wrote it off as Kool Keith being Kool Keith but rumors surfaced later that the news of Tim Dog’s death was possibly false in order for the rapper to evade numerous lawsuits he was facing. Weird.

Summer Jam 614

Summer Jam was a bag of fun. Everyone from the rarely-seen-live Fabrashay A to Rashad killed their performances. It would also be up-and-coming street spitter Cholo’s first performance in front of a large local audience. Each artist had his or her own act and it made for a truly fantastic showcase of what our city has to offer.

King Vada drops MURDRxFLWRS

For the first time in three years, King Vada (formerly known as L.e for the Uncool) dropped an album. And it didn’t disappoint. Transitioning from a boom bap rhymesmith to one of mystical mystery, Vada’s higher raps on MURDRxFLWRS mixed with blood-curdling street life descriptions created a unique lane. His two accompanying EP’s (Prelude’s To A Murder and FLWRS B4 I Go) were also superb as well.

P. Blackk Begins his EP series, One and Two released

Doing something the emcee/visual artist never has, P. Blackk released EPs in 2013. Accustomed to dropping full-length projects, whether albums or mixtapes, P. released two extended plays this year, and he produced all the beats on them. One and Two marked stylistic changes for the 23-year-old hip-hop artist and perhaps was a look into his future musical leanings.

Offhigh Launches Its Apparel, Gains More Steam

Columbus cultural brand Offhigh had its apparel launch in early November culminating with in-store performances at Milk Bar Boutique and Sole Classics. The brand has since become one of the most dominant and creative cliques in the city and heavily represents the happenings of Columbus’ next wave of urban creatives.