Art Attack Review
So this past Friday the HDM crew made it out to Byrd Stadium to cover Art Attack XXIX, featuring sets by Harmonic Blue, The Dean’s List and headlining performer B.O.B. As the sun set on College Park, Boston based hip-hop group The Dean’s List commanded the stage and rose the crowd’s energy to it’s boiling point saving “Dear Professor”, arguably their most popular and crowd friendly track, for the end of the set as the stands began to overflow with rowdy UMD students. Sonny Shotz, The Dean’s List lead MC, fired the crowd up asking repeatedly if they were ready for B.O.B. before wrapping up their set and leaving the stage to prepare for the night’s headline act. After Art Attack workers riddled the crowd with glow sticks and dusk turned to night, the stage was set for B.O.B. to make his first Maryland appearance. The lights dimmed, the speakers bumped and the crowd roared as Bobby Ray calmly walked out onto the stage and then erupted into an energetic rendition of “Beast Mode”. Honestly, I was surprised he had anything left in him after the first song. He went so ham it was ridiculous. As his set progressed he dropped in all the necessary hits including “Magic” and “Don’t Let Me Fall”, but dropped numerous new tracks from his latest studio album, “Strange Clouds”, which has sold over 84,000 copies to date. He is clearly no stranger to the stage and puts on one hell of a show while exuding an exceptional combination of musicality and a deft hand at several different instruments. After the show Ray spoke to reporters about the thrill of playing to such a large audience for the first time as well as the incredible response he received from the crowd even when he dropped his newer projects. He said he’d never experienced anything like the energy from the UMD students, nor had he played to such a large crowd. For him, it all started with the music and in the end it continues to be all about the music and when fans show a resounding sense of music literacy and interest in his new productions, he says, the pay-off is unexplainable. He is a true rags to riches story, and at just 23 years young B.O.B. is a force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop industry. Many have already compared him to fellow Decatur, Ga. native Andre 3000, who is often considered one of the most talented musicians in hip-hop and has a similar knack for conscious rap as well as unique well crafted beats to go over. All in all the event was pretty incredible and the turn out was amazing. Check out the photos from the event here, and stay tuned for more event coverage from HDM in the future.
B.o.B / Art Attack Crowd