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 of rapper Natti (who was denied entry at the Canadian border because of a past criminal conviction), the group soldiered on, announcing from the outset their intention to put on a good show.
Taking the stage after an impressive set by opening act Substantial (check this dude out for sure), Cunninlynguists’ Deacon the Villain and Kno whipped the crowd into a frenzy with a few tracks from their new album, Dirty Acres. The duo, backed by DJ FlipFlop 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.
The crowd – many of whom had obviously been following Cunninlynguists since their first album Will Rap For Food – lapped it up, jumping and pumping their fists during the up-tempo joints, waving lighters and cell phones during the slower moments and generally showing Cunninlynguists mad amounts of love. FlipFlop did an admirable job throughout and displayed impressive skills on the wheels of steel during the 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.