Roaring into Rocktucket

By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 11, 2013

The “Rock by Day/Hip-Hop All Night” format allows for some family-friendly fun during the afternoon hours, because shit is going down when the sun sets and underground rap acts take over the stage. Longtime Gang Starr affiliate and Boston native Big Shug will make his Rocktucket debut. He’s a veteran rhymer who made his debut on Gang Starr’s 1994 classic Hard to Earn. Shug has released a handful of solo albums over the past decade (with production help from DJ Premier) and currently hosts a rap show on Sirius/XM on Friday nights. (And I’m sure ol-skool rap heads would lose their minds if Shug resurrects his verse from the Gang Starr classic “The Militia.”) Rocktucket headliner Apathy certainly is no stranger to the Rhody rap circuit, as it seems the Connecticut-based wordsmith (Willimantic on the block!) can’t get enough love from the Ocean State, having played countless shows at the Met (including a reunion gig with his Demigodz crew late last year). I am willing to bet battle-tested lyricist Milez Grimez coaxes Ap up for an appearance during his set for the killer collabo “Protek Yo’ Nutz.” There’s no knocking the hustle Grimez has been on since storming the scene a dozen or so years ago. This dude has put in work alongside indie phenoms and veteran emcees alike, appearing on tracks with RA the Rugged Man, Kool G Rap, Fredro Starr (Onyx), and Heltah Skeltah’s Rock, to namedrop a few. His 2012 hometown anthem “401 (Isle of Rhodes)” will get the crowd going, I would also love to see Grimez reconnect with local legend Swann Notty for some cuts from their forthcoming Murderous & Venomous project (look up the debut single “Parisian Gutters” ASAP). Swann will join fellow THR33 Piece Suit wordsmith (and future Pawtucket mayor) Chachi Carvalho at Rocktucket. The duo will be backed by Carvalho’s International Players Band, so expect plenty of Cape Verdean flavor as well as some instant classics from the THR33 Piece Suit debut, Brand New Vintage, easily my favorite locally sourced album of ’13 (and available for free download). Watching hometown hero Carvalho and his ear-to-ear grin illuminate the Rocktucket stage under the stars will be pretty damn entertaining.

Youth hip-hop dance crew Case Closed will perform, as well as Tem Blessed , acclaimed duo DirtyDurdie (which we featured here last week), and Worcester-via-Brooklyn rhymer Block McCloud .

Rocktucket 2013 will also feature arts and crafts vendors, a cash bar serving brews from Newport Storm, Revival, and Foolproof, and plenty of food truck eats from Poco Loco, FuGo, and more. See you there!

ROCKTUCKET BLOCK PARTY | DIRTYDURDIE | Saturday, September 14 11:30 am-11 pm [rain or shine) | 220-250 Main St, Pawtucket | Free, but $5 donation is encouraged |

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