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Life of the party: Local rappers inspire, entertain and educate at Replay show

On Saturday, the love of hip-hop was alive and well at the Replay when three local acts got together to showcase what the genre has to offer. You won't always find hip-hop heads at these shows, but you will find those who are curious about the genre and applaud local talent.

Barrel Maker had the daunting task of starting the night off and getting the mood just right. Sometimes it takes rappers a song or two to get warmed up, but not Barrel Maker. He hits the ground running, putting his body into it and flinging across the stage at full gallop. He doesn't even need to close his eyes in concentration when he blazes through his lyrics.

Barrel Maker, an accomplished video artist responsible for some of the prettier music videos in the area, had a lot of camera references in his lyrics. He is a multifaceted artist that maintains his energy to the very end. That's the thing about Barrel Maker, he's good 'till the last drop.

During his set, Barrel Maker and D/Will kept bantering with the audience about hip-hop but got very little communication in return. Approach was in the crowd and remarked, "They're getting educated!" In a way, that was true.

Lawrence doesn't necessarily always turn out for hip-hop shows, although there are plenty of opportunities. lowercase KANSAS, a sort of open mic for rappers, has called both the Bottleneck and the Granada home. The Approach powerhouse resides at the Replay, so most of his associates will hit that venue up as well.

The Jackpot also has the occasional hip-hop show, and tends to bring out a Topeka crowd. The opportunities are there, and Lawrence is coming around… but it's a tedious process.

Here's an artist who could help speed that up. Duncan was the life of the party. There's something thrilling and gladdening about watching a live band with a hip-hop act.

The musicians were top notch, and quickly demanded everyone's attention when the drummer started up. That drummer, by the way, played his kit AND the keys at the same time. Like the performer before him, Duncan was also a spritely fellow and enjoyed spreading the good word through his music.

He slowed it down for a song when he dedicated it to his Granny. This one got us right in the feels. The song was highly relatable for anyone with a Granny, and entirely likable for those without.

But he quickly recovered with an inspirational number. It was kind of like going to church. His songs were full of positivity, especially when he dedicated one to his wife and preceded it with an announcement. "I think it's cool to make songs about your wife!" This was met with a round of applause, and more positivity that ran rampant in Duncan's act.

Lincoln Marshall extended the sentiment when they hit the stage. The collaboration between Approach and MilkDrop are a match made in hip-hop heaven. The two play off each other's talents and personalities, and we get to reap the benefits.

Approach still maintains his intense and likable onstage presence as he tumbles and darts around MilkDrop and various audience members. He called this set "20 minutes of cardiovascular," and it totally felt like it. By the time Barrel Maker joined them onstage for a song, Lincoln Marshall's act was beginning to feel like a buddy cop movie as the antics ran high.

Approach — an artist known for dipping his finger into writing, performing, recording and producing — announced, "I'm a man of many hats, and the hat I'm wearing right now is making your ass move!" There wasn't a still bootie in the house.

The time for Lawrence's hip-hop resurgence is now. Even at a late hour, fans turned up. How could they not? These rappers are lovable, contagious, and know how to convey a message.

If you make it out to their shows, you'll be entertained AND educated. Approach put it best when he addressed the crowd and waved his hand towards the performers. "We put the art in what we have to say and leave you with something so you don't go home stupid."

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.

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Hard-working rapper Approach can’t stop, won’t stop

Here's a fella that puts your busy days at work to shame.

On Saturday, Sean Hunt (you know him as Approach) earned his title as one of the hardest-working rappers in the area. He started by spending the day in the Lawrence Public Library's Sound + Vision studio for a new series they're launching (stay tuned).

After that, it was off to the Granada to open for Talib Kweli. Approach just recently debuted Lincoln Marshall, his new collaboration act with MilkDrop.

It was nothing short of astounding because when Approach performs, he puts his whole body into it. This guy started off strong, spinning and sprinting across the wide Granada stage.

After a couple of songs, he was so unsatisfied with the audience's reaction that he dove into the crowd and performed a few songs from the floor. A circle of fans formed around him, throwing their hands in the air and gleefully cheering along as he continued his high-energy pacing and flawless rapping.

Approach didn't even get to stick around for Kweli's set because it was time to pack up and move down the street to the Replay, where he DJ'd into the early morning hours. This set was also pleasing to revelers on the dance floor as they (once again) threw their hands in the air in approval.

Does Approach sleep? Does he eat? We're not sure. But we are certain that his endless hustling and hard work is the reason why he is hands down one of the most celebrated artists in this community.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.

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Rap duo Lincoln Marshall drops new video for ‘Dirt’

This is a pretty great week for Lincoln Marshall. The duo consisting of local rappers Approach and MilkDrop will be part of the local contingent of musicians opening for Talib Kweli at the Granada on Saturday. In anticipation, they just released a new music video.

The one-take shoot features Approach and MilkDrop digging up records in the woods, looking for hidden gems while Approach announces, “We’re digging through the unified stacks, trying to find where the records have fat.” The video and lyrics make sense, if you know that Approach is quite the music lover with a fairly impressive record collection. “Dirt” is an ode to that adoration (and slight obsession).

To our delight, the video comes to us from director Barrel Maker. The rapper tends to make stunning and visually appealing videos, and has worked with Approach on videos in the past, as well as Stik Figa.

Enjoy the video below. We’re told it was hot as hell the day of the shoot. Keep an eye out for Approach’s partner-in-crime, DJ GTrain. He makes a brief appearance in a mask.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.

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