Sound Of Our Town Spotlight: Moe Pope crashes the stage as host and MC

Welcome to the latest in a week-long series of spotlights profiling the bands and artists performing at Sound Of Our Town 2, a collaborative effort between the Boston Music Awards and Vanyaland. This second-annual party — another free, all-ages event designed to showcase our city’s vibrant music scene — goes down Thursday, September 24 at the Lawn On D in the Seaport District (420 D Street), next to the Convention Center and on the edge of South Boston. The party is co-presented by Narragansett Brewing Company and features performances by Tribe Society, Ruby Rose Fox, Bearstronaut, Will Dailey, Vundabar, Oh Malo, Mikey Holland’s American Denim and special guests, DJ sets by Ninja B, and is hosted by MC Moe Pope. For more information and constant updates, click here.

Moe Pope

Everyone is losing their minds over the Pope’s visit to the United States this week, but we here in Boston have long had the best pope around. Long one of the brightest luminaries in Boston’s underrated hip-hop scene Moe Pope has crafted a career out of slick collaboration and whipsmart technique that has kept him ahead of the game. A multiple winner of Hip-Hop Artist of the Year in the Boston Music Awards for his collaboration with Rain, Pope just set the city ablaze with STL GLD, his one-two punch with The Arcitype.

Writes the Boston Globe: “In the end, STL GLD’s My Monday Morning Music emerges as possibly the most well-balanced release in Pope’s catalog. Like the day referenced in its title, the emotions the album conveys waver between brilliantly optimistic and crushingly morose, depending on how you encounter it. ‘I wanted to do a nice, simple hip-hop record where I’m just spitting and the beats are playing and that’s it,’ says Pope with a laugh. ‘It turned into something else.'”

Last year, WBUR called Pope “a voracious musical omnivore,” citing him for breaking down barrier not only in the local hip-hop scene, but across all styles around Boston.

When STL GLD played this Boston Hip-Hop Fest at the Middle East back in July, the Boston Herald gushed: “STL GLD was a revelation, and the three onstage shared a snare-tight creative dynamic. The two-man outfit of rapper Moe Pope and producer/guitarist Arcitype was joined by Christopher Talken, who stepped beyond traditional “hype man” duties to provide guttural, punctuating shrieks whose odd kind of instrumentation took the music to another emotional level. …STL GLD can look to the success of underground-turned-festival-fav Run the Jewels and trust that their reach will only grow.”

Talken will join Pope this evening as the two trade off hosting duties, and Pope will take on the tent for a special mid-show performance with a few special guests. Get into the beat below…

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