“Flowsik is coming back to LA!” is literally what I screamed at my phone when I received Soul Krush Entertainment‘s email flyer for the show. You see … I was a huge fan of Aziatix, but even more so of Flowsik’s solo work. His lyrics have always been heavy in the feels, and when he appeared on ‘Show Me The Money 5‘
and surprised the world with his deep voice and grizzly East Coast flow I found myself once again cheering him on.
Still, I honestly never thought I’d get to see him live again. But as fate would have it, he would be playing the same night as Crush! This was hilarious, as I’d just sworn off ever doing double gigs again, and yet there I was, a car full of crazy headed from Downtown Los Angeles into the depths of Koreatown. I parked behind Club Bound LA and had barely beat out the crowd. I staked my spot out on the dance floor, Empanada (my camera) in hand and waited for the typical hip-hop club appearance timeline of a midnight showtime. DJ Papito spun a mix of underground hip-hop and poppy hits, the crowd getting more and more into it as it filled the dance floor, and by 11:30 PM the place was wall to wall packed like a sardine can.
Cycadelic Records has become the main staple of Koreatown hip-hop, showing up with Killagramz and Kid Kat opening the show with Killagramz’s track, “Birthday.” He threw his weight around the small stage, limbs at odd angles as he pointedly spat quick-witted lyrics to the wall of swaying fans.
When Killagramz stepped off the stage, the crowd grew frenzied. Flowsik, in classic-style button down, stepped on the narrow stage. The now viral (thanks to YouTube) beat of “Eung Freestyle” started and the crowd went nuts. Flowsik poured out rhymes as he flew through tracks including his favorite Aziatix track, “A Game.” He mentioned his brief time as a member of the trio and everyone felt that familiarity with his connection to the song. As with all club appearances, it was over that quick.
Oh, but was it really?!
“They’re tellin’ me my time’s up. I’mma freestyle this though,” he said as the music died, and Flowsik took to the mic one last time. His lyrics popped and crackled through his deep voice as he spoke into the mic, and nothing but the rhythm of his flow and the sound of his voice was being heard, and it pushed the crowd over the edge. Flowsik ended by popping off one final line and then disappeared off the stage as fast as he appeared.
All in all, I want to see more of Flowsik. I can’t help but cheer for a man who has two very clear sides to him: the hardcore East Coast gangsta rapper and the humble and kind sweetheart poet.
Thank you to Soul Krush Entertainment for letting me rock out with my lens out. Also thank you to Club Bound LA for allowing me to roam wild and free in your club!