Hiphop Double-Header: Nacho Picasso and Joey Bada$$
by Kyle Fleck
on Sun, Sep 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM
"Tom Hanks in '88, big kids"
Nacho Picasso is a little like Cam'ron without the vulnerability. He's got all the internal rhymes, endless wordplay and hilariously dated references ("secret of NIMH, your camp is full of rats"), and none of the songs about suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. Kicking off the set with the absolute monster "Bloody Murder", the beat cut out after about a minute and a half for Picasso to declare "I'm fucking hungover." The set continued in a similar vein, with Picasso comparing himself to Deacon Frost and claiming the sunshine had him "out of his element." Which makes sense, as his indigo-hued vampire-rap doesn't necessarily translate to a beautiful Seattle summer afternoon. He gave the crowd a lot of props for knowing his lyrics as he pretended(?) to forget them, and his DJ spun a couple tracks off his new record High and Mighty, which, judging by what I heard, could be his most radio-ready shit yet. Fittingly, it comes out on Halloween. One of the jams had a "Rack City"-type beat that had the crowd going straight hyphy, beach balls and all.
The tat in the hat himself.
After that, I ambled over to KeyArena for the Joey Bada$$ set. A friend remarked (while sitting with me in the stands, watching plumes of smoke drift over a legion of waving arms) that the set made her "feel old." Which in real people years is crazy, because we're both 25, but nonetheless, the youthful enthusiasm for Bada$$'s old-school, MF Doom-inspired rhymes was infectious, and the fact that he closed his set with the absolute shit-talking monstrosity that is "Survival Tactics" made me happy enough to forget about my oncoming, early-onset midlife crisis. This kid's got swag for days, enough to rock a Charlie Brown hoodie and a camo "Gilligan's Island" hat without a trace of irony.