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Nato Caliph, Live at SXSW ‘09 from Mark DiSalvo on Vimeo.

Here’s a video I was sitting on for way too long. If you’ve followed the St Louis scene at all recently, you probably know about DJ Trackstar and Black Spade. Dig a lil’ deeper and you’ll find Nato Caliph, who I ran into at SXSW last month at the Nah Right/TSS showcase. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed at all, this guy is good.

More Nato coming soon.

YouTube version after the jump.

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I figure by the end of the week I’ll be done with the SXSW coverage? It really was THAT good, that’s the only reason I got so much for you.

Here’s a video that isn’t mine, but something you should see. Being at the Fader Fort all day, we all knew ‘Ye would be there. Some of us found out Common would be there too, but I think Erykah was a surprise to all of us. It was already enough to be seeing “The Light,” but the crowd really erupted when she hit the stage.

…I’m done.

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via Hard Knock TV

So, as you guys should know, Erykah Badu has some rhymin’ skills (Mark didn’t) and at SXSW she battled Common. It kind of looks like he had no chance because Erykah definitely hands it to him. But let me know who you think won…

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Here’s more footage from the FADER Fort of Jadakiss and D-Block. 2 songs in one here: “2 Guns Up,” and “Made Ya Look.” It’s funny to see a NY show away from New York. I forgot I was in Austin for a minute, with me being reminded of Jada’s album release date after every song (April 7) and the posse up on stage. However, 6th Sense did note that it wasn’t the 50-man crew up on stage that D-Block usually rolls with.

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With the way the G.O.O.D. Music showcase started, all Kanye had to do was bring out Cam for this song, and he would have slaughtered the show. I guess you can’t ask for too much at once. D-Block followed by Dipset may have made the Fader Fort collapse.

Look for more SXSW clips throughout the day.

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Blu and Exile win my award for the work horses of SXSW. I think they were at almost every showcase I was, and they were performing, not chillin’. The video above was at the Blacksmith showcase Thursday night, which was the first time I saw the two. By Saturday night, everyone’s voice seemed to be shot. I can’t imagine Blu’s voice would be much different, because I know guys like Mickey Factz’ and Outasight’s were.

Any time I saw Exile take part in a cipher, whether it was on the streets or on stage, he was the designated beatboxer (for obvious reasons I’m sure). Is there anything he can’t do?

Hit the jump for Blu’s freestyle over Exile’s beatboxin’.

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B.o.B. is a monster live; the energy of his group matches that new name well (it sounds like a rock name, I think). His live band went in, and so did Bob at the TSS/Nah Right showcase Friday. Before he started, and before this clip starts, he seemed like he was getting really worked up over the rumors of his retirement. What follows was this. Too bad you weren’t there.

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The third and final day at SXSW went out with a bang. I hate shitty phrases like that, but there’s no other way to describe what happened today at the Fader showcase. As we were leaving, 6th Sense said to me “It feels like we’re leaving Summer Jam man.” We were all dead, but it was because we saw Theophilus London (with Solange, as the video above shows), Bun B, Jadakiss/D-Block, and Kanye West with his GOOD Music imprint all back-to-back.

I’m not one to complain about about that line-up, but I thought it was odd to see Bun B and Jada rockin’ the Fader party. I say that because it seemed lost on a lot of the crowd. As StuffWhitePeopleLike taught me, the thing a hipster loves most is irony.

It didn’t stop there, because ‘Ye brought out Common and Erykah Badu. And the best part was, after Common spit a freestyle, Erykah went right back at it with her own. Who knew she could rap like that?

I don’t know how we survived the sea of nylon and Ray-Bans at the Fader Fort with how crazy it got having no food for 9 hours and sweating in the sun. Not to mention hipsters like to to drink.

I have a ton of video that will be working its way on the site these next few days, so definitely look out for that.

I’d like to thank everyone I met at SXSW for showing me a good time, all they contributed, and just being good people: Outasight, 6th Sense, Mike Maven, DJ Trackstar, Greg the Dude, Zo from OhDang! Mag, Cooked Classic, Eskay, TC, Nato Caliph, the Blacksmith family, and anyone who’s name I’m forgetting at 4 AM Austin time.

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Yeezy tore it down tonite, until he got a lil too bent and started messin’ lyrics up. It’s okay though because he was still on top of his game.  A tipsy ‘Ye is a funny ‘Ye too.

After forgetting the lyrics to Good Life:
Ye’: It feel like…. Levi’s cuz they payin me!

Here’s one of many videos to come from today at the Fader Fort, and my last day at SXSW.

Once again, filmed by the soon-infamous flipcam.

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(filmed from my beautiful HD flip cam, and cot-damn, YouTube kills quality…)

Friday was a day to remember at SXSW. And I wasn’t even at the “secret Metallica show.”

It started off with some panels and meetings at the convention center that were okay. The real fun began at the Smoking Section and Nah Right’s showcase/party. Not only were Eskay, Gotti, and TC good people, the threw a hell of a show.

It started off early with my man DJ Trackstar showing off his St Louis crew, and if you saw my Twitters (that just feels like it needs a pause after it), then you know these dudes were dope. Their videos will be up real soon.

Blu and Exile were there of course for their 103rd performance in two days. These guys are absolute work horses, and Blu must have no voice. It’s no wonder everywhere I see him he’s just chillin’, not saying a word.

It started to get interesting when Charles Hamilton hit the stage, talking about how bloggers hate everything he does, which I caught the tail end of in the above video, before he performed “Loser.”

It was hard to keep the camera on him, the guy’s pretty small, and so is camera, and I’m no camera man. I wonder if Charles realizes the reasons a large amount of people pick on him is because he’s showing a weakness by saying “hey guys, it really bugs me when you say I’m a dork.” That’s essentially all he’s doing. That was rule number one on the playground as kid: never let the bully know he bothers you.

After Charles, Mickey Factz, and Brother Ali proceeded to get the Peckerheads Bar (pause) poppin and ready for the headliner, Bobby Ray (B.o.B.), who by the way, still has bandmates who call him B.o.B., but it doesn’t look like the name thing phased him much at all.

Either way, Bobby Ray/B.o.B./that young southern kid has found his sound and his comfort level. He was right at home performing with his live band, and their energy and performance matched the energy of any of your favorite live rappers and a Ramones show at CBGB in ‘77 (I have to assume at least, my birth was 10 years away).

I’ve got some videos of that, and you’ll see them in the next post/tomorrow.

After that, 6th Sense, Outasight and the rest of the crew had a crazy night… which was also well documented, and is a story itself. Don’t worry at all, that will be unveiled very soon.

In the meantime, check the Twitter @ twitter.com/2manymcs for the most up to date info on what’s going on, as well as nice Blackberry-quality photos.

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