Sunday night in Dallas at the Green Elephant the Hunger Pains Tour kicked off their tenth show of their month and a half long tour. The tour kicked off in North California on March 18th and will end May 16th in LA. There are tons of dates between now and then, but if there is one thing that should be said: Do not miss this show! The tour is an eclectic mix of artists that give you a taste of four very different flavors.
If you haven’t heard of G-Mo Skee, you probably aren’t the only one. But after this tour, I’m willing to bet his name will be used in conversation quite a bit more. It was my first time to see Bay Area rapper G-Mo Skee in person and honestly I was surprised and impressed. He’s 22 years old and has been rapping since he was 6, which once you seem him on stage, you can tell he’s had some practice. He’s far from shy onstage and has a story behind the majority of his songs. The first thing he did when he got on stage was start to get the crowd involved by having everyone chant, “I just wanna see you die in the worst way”. Apparently an ex of his, who he calls out by name while on stage, cheated on him and he lays out his emotions in his lyrics. He calls his style “filth rap”, not to be confused with horror core; but something that the Juggalo scene really seemed to respond to. He made it absolutely clear to the crowd that he understood it was a family starting multiple chants: “Whoop, whoop”, “Family, Family” and I even heard “Die mother-fucker, die mother-fucker, die” a couple times which took me straight back to Twiztid.
And then there was Dirtbag Dan. He has a sound that may not be 100% familiar to the traditional Juggalo crowd, but it’s absolutely refreshing. Dirtbag Dan is best known as a battle rap MC and that style is extremely evident in his performance. Dirtbag is a wordsmith and even though he’s on stage solo, his power occupies the stage and he makes a point of engaging his crowd. At one point he stopped what he was doing, tucked the microphone under his chin, and asked the audience to clap along with him at a specific beat. When the crowd had a good rhythm going, Dirtbag started rapping along with the beat. This was great, until we started getting so excited that we started clapping faster and faster- he finished that song but thank God our rhythm was in sync.
It’s hard to say any one person or group stole the show because everyone did so well last night, but Kung Fu Vampire came to impress. In all honesty I’ve always been a little skeptical about Kung Fu Vampire, for no logical reason whatsoever. I’ve seen him perform a number of times both with and without his band, and each and every time I see him perform I like him more and more. Last night changed my opinion completely. I’ll never miss another Kung Fu Vampire show again! Kung Fu’s energy was high and he seemed to be in an awesome mood and this very clearly showed in his performance. If I had to use one word to sum up his set last night it would definitely be “powerful”. Between songs Kung Fu told stories about previous tour experiences and allowed the band to showcase their talents. Chris Paxton gave a drum solo so intense the crowd was in a stunned silence and my arms were sore just watching! But let us not forget Jeremy Pollett, the bass guitarist that gives the group their versatile funky/horror core sound. And for all of you who pay special attention to set design and lighting… this tour doesn’t have any special props of backdrops, but this is the first tour where Kung Fu’s group has had lighting in sync with their performance, which most of us may not notice it, but makes all the difference.
Right after Kung Fu Vampire got off stage, Wrekonize jumped on stage and took the crowd from a “Dead Girls Don’t Say No” mood something a little bit mellower, but just as enjoyable. I’d never seen Wrekonize perform without the ¡Mayday! crew, but trust me, it is not a disappointment. Strange Music released, his second title album, “The War Within” album just seven months ago, and if you haven’t heard the album yet, make sure to hit up the Hunger Pains tour, catch a few songs and make sure to swing by the merch booth and grab the CD and get it signed. The crowd really responded to “Can’t Be Alone”, which has caught some previous criticism in reviews, but was so impressive in its emotional delivery, especially when you hear Wrek sing, since we are so used to hearing him rap. Although ¡Mayday! is a personal favorite of mine, I really enjoyed watching Wrek onstage alone. It’s a little harder to showcase everyone in the group’s talent when there are five other performers on stage, so if you’re especially interested in seeing exactly what Wrekonize is capable of, this is the show to see.
When Wrek got off stage, just like every other artist on the tour, he headed straight for the merch table and started handing out free hugs and was gracious enough to take pictures with everyone who asked. So if you’re a fan of G-Mo Skee, Dirtbag Dan, Kung Fu Vampire, or Wrekonize make sure you attend this double headliner show. You will not be disappointed, especially if the show is anything like what popped off in Dallas last night. Tickets are available for purchase at Tour.KungFuVampire.com.