I like underground hip-hop, and nothing is more underground than a concert in a basement. Although the basement is the Maryland Art Place and the concert wasn’t really a concert per se, just let the hyperbole work. This was Bmore BeatClub’s Four-Year Anniversary, a celebration of an event that brings Baltimore’s hip-hop scene out of the underground and into the mosaic stage light.
BeatClub is built around producers; some are featured artists but many are novices looking to connect with other musicians. While producers play beats, rappers are called on stage two at a time. Without any prior arrangements between the musicians, the performances are entirely organic.