The Fifth Annual Baltimore Rap Round Robin Announces Fresh New Lineup
For the last four summers, the Rap Round Robin has been one of the most exciting events in Baltimore music, combining the cityâ€™s burgeoning, offbeat hip-hop underground with the surprisingly durable novelty of having several acts in one room taking turns playing one song at a time. And it just got a little more exciting with the announcement of the 2011 edition, which takes place at Floristree on Friday, Aug. 19. In the past, the Rap Round Robin didnâ€™t venture far outside of the orbit of artists who started the event, with the lineup remaining identical from 2009 to 2010 . But this time around, mainstays Mickey Free, Height with Friends, AK Slaughter, Rapdragons, Jones, King Rhythm, PT Burnem, and the Plural MC will be joined by a few new faces.
Quite a few of the acts making their Round Robin debut next month are City Paper favorites, including last yearâ€™s Best of Baltimore live band pick Soul Cannon. Mania Music Group, the label/collective who just brought Soul Cannon frontman Eze Jackson into the fold as its newest artist, will also be appearing. OOH of Brown F.I.S.H. will be playing his solo material backed by the band seaWEED. Secret Weapon Dave, a longtime friend of the Rap Round Robin crew who produces tracks for Mickey Free, will be performing at the event for the first time. The one unfamiliar name on the bill is Disturbed Individuals with Ric Rab, but it will be good to add a little bit of unpredictability to a show that already features so many proven must-see acts.