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Scene and Heard

Lyricists’ Lounge

By Sam Adams

Scarub
Sam Adams
Scarub

L.A. rapper Scarub and Chicago’s Robust headlined an iteration of the Vinyl & Verses series at Burt's Tiki Lounge on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Both MCs have strong roots and recognition in the underground/independent hip-hop scene. Scarub came up as part of Living Legends and Mystik Journeymen, Bay Area crews that lit it up in the ’90s displaying smooth swagger coupled with multilayered lyricism.

Robust
Sam Adams
Robust

Robust, meanwhile, made a name for himself on Chicago's Galapagos4 label, sharing stages with underground legends the Typical Cats in the early aughts. Both rappers' penchants for quick wordplay full of witticisms and hometown pride was complimented well by local duo Definition Rare, whose MCs Def-i and Wake-Self represented the 505 with sharp chemistry and an energetic dynamic.

B-boys take a break from break dancing.
Sam Adams
B-boys take a break from break dancing.
Wake-Self of Definition Rare
Sam Adams
Wake-Self of Definition Rare
The crowd
Sam Adams
The crowd
 
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