This show is a co-headline featuring WIKI and Zulu.
Wiki has become a fixture of the New York City Hip Hop since, at 17 years old, representing a new generation of city kids and artists, hungry for innovation and raw energy. The epicenter of Wiki’s artistic expression through music and style was Chinatown, downtown NYC. Coming of age in the neighborhood, living there for years while creating his solo albums, inevitably laced his music with the culture that permeates the singularly New York, Chinese neighborhood. His song “Chinatown Swing” off his first LP No Mountains in Manhattan paints a picture of walking through the neighborhood and the feelings and sites one encounters. When painting lyrical pictures of New York scenes one gets a sense of Wiki’s skill as a storyteller and visionary. He has solidified his role in carrying the torch for NYC’s master MC’s; representing for the freaks, weirdos and underbelly culture.
It almost feels reductive to call Zulu a metallic hardcore band, because their music is so muchmore than that. Both their 2019 and 2020 EPs are packed with emotional lyrics, spoken-wordpoems and tearful audio clips about the systemic violence that BlackAmericans are forced toendure under the rule of our country’s white nationalist patriarchy. Their nasty riffs, cop-crushing mosh parts and speckles of powerviolence blast beats are tremendous, but theymostly function as a compelling medium to host theirurgent message to white audiences: “It’sup to you/And you alone/Make that change.”