Friday, Sept. 19, 2008
Tonight @ the Stonefly Brewery - 10 p.m.
One of the few Milwaukee rappers with ties to both the alt-rap hip-hop scene of the cityâ€™s East Side and the grittier, club-rap scene of the North Side, Prophetic stakes out an agreeable middle ground, embracing both sounds without succumbing to conscious-rap moralizing or thug-rap clichés. The slick production of his new album, Mo Profit, Mo Progress, finds a sonic middle ground between laid-back alt-rap and bombastic Southern rap, leaning on lush, skittering jazz and blunted soul samplesâ€”many of them by Milwaukee producers like Haz Solo, who lends his Madlib-like touchâ€”but breaking things up with a handful of drum-clapping, Moet-popping club cuts. Prophetic plays a 10 p.m. release show behind Mo Profit tonight at the Stonefly Brewery.