We are proud to present our 5th edition of Best You’ve Never Heard, which features 18 songs from up-and-coming artists in a variety of genres that we love. We set stricter guidelines this time in choosing emerging musical talents, only selecting artists who, as of December 28 2011, have less than 5,000 facebook fans. We also made sure to select artists that very little to none of our friends liked and knew about, to further strengthen the idea that these 18 tracks are the Best You’ve Never Heard.
Talk about an excellent underrated music lineup on a Monday night. Little Temple bar in Los Angeles gathered several artists to form a dope show last night that started with retro-futuristic electronic hip-hop duo King Fantastic, followed by electronic hip-hop group The ’87 Stick Up Kids, then east-coast rapper Gilbere Forte followed by electronic/hip-hop/pop-punk group, Ninjasonik, who I didn’t get to see because the show started a bit late but who I heard were awesome. Here’s my show review.
Got there a bit early around 10:30 because I figured when King Fantastic told me their set was starting at 11:30, maybe a couple other acts would be opening for them. In fact, King Fantastic was the opener and was a great one. They pumped the crowd up with their electronic hip-hop songs Finger Snaps and Gun Claps while also playing their “Bass Head” remix from Bassnectar. Overall I loved just about every minute of it and really appreciated the fact Killer Reece One brought out his partner from Bleu Collar to do a song they made back in the day.
If King Fantastic is coming to your town, I highly recommend you see them. They had the most fans there and were excellent openers to a fun-filled night. Here’s my favorite that we haven’t blogged about yet. Bassnectar – Bass Head (King Fantastic Remix)
Next came The ’87 Stick Up Kids who I knew a few songs from but didn’t have a ton of expectations and knew nothing about the group except what they sounded like. Overall they were the most upbeat group but my least favorite music which doesn’t mean so much as I liked almost all the songs I heard at this show. Rather than talk about them too much, here’s my three favorites from this catchy electronic/hip-hop party crew The ’87 Stick Up Kids. The ’87 Stick Up Kids – Jack Donaghy
Lastly I saw Gilbere Forte, who the crowd didn’t seem to know much of but who I kept telling my friends, “this guy is going to be an XXL 2012 Freshmen”. Seriously, he has loads of talent, some of his songs I really liked while others were just decent. Overall he did well, although most of the crowd had either gone outside while waiting for the headliner or had left. Still, Forte showed talent and I look forward to more from the rapper. My favorite song Forte performed was “Blacking Out” which isn’t actually his song, so here’s a favorite of mine that I wish he performed. Stromae feat. Kanye West & Gilbere Forte’ – Alors On Danse (Remix)
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