Cunninlynguists, often falsley identified by ignorant heads as the only dope group from the Dirty South, performed in Victoria Saturday night before a packed house at Barcode nightclub. Despite the unfortunate absence ofÂ rapper Natti (who was denied entry at the Canadian border because of a past criminal conviction), theÂ group soldiered on,Â announcing from the outset their intention toÂ put on a good show.Â Â
Taking the stage after an impressive set by opening act Substantial (check this dude out for sure), Cunninlynguists’ Deacon the Villain and KnoÂ whipped the crowd into a frenzy withÂ aÂ fewÂ tracksÂ from their new album, Dirty Acres.Â The duo, backed byÂ DJ FlipFlopÂ on the ones and twos, then segued nicely into some of their older classics, including “Lynguistics” and a dope rendition of “HalfAnimal, Halfman” that was cut painfully short after Deacon’s verse. Â
The crowd – many of whom had obviously been following Cunninlynguists since their first album Will Rap For FoodÂ -Â lapped it up, jumpingÂ andÂ pumping their fists during the up-tempo joints, waving lighters and cell phones during the slower moments and generally showingÂ Cunninlynguists mad amounts of love.Â FlipFlop did an admirable jobÂ throughout andÂ displayed impressive skills on the wheels of steel during theÂ show’s obligatory dj solo.
However, the show’s best moment occured just before the encore, when Kno addressed the crowd about what it means to be a southern rapper. “The next time someone says ‘I hate that southern shit,'” Kno declared, “burn them a cd of Cunninlynguists, and put some UGK, Outkast and Geto Boys on there.” Damn straight.