Written by Matt Salter
Rapper and singer/songwriter, Bbymutha, performed at FLOODfest at the Mohawk in Austin, TX, part of the South by Southwest celebration of art, technology, music and business.
One of the realest voices in modern pop music, Bbymutha, brought everything she had to a killer set at SXSW. Her heavy-as-Hell mashup of rap, R&B and electric blues hit a hot, packed room just right. Austin may have a hipster reputation, but it’s still Texas. Serve up thick, heavy Southern heat in those beats, lay down those brilliant too-real lyrics about love, death, sex and God, and we will shout out. We know righteous testimony when we hear it.
It wasn’t a perfect show, if such a thing exists. Tech problems marred early songs, though Mutha brought the crowd through with solid, engaging patter while the Mohawk‘s excellent crew did business. Venue limitations also blurred the mix in spots, softening Bbymutha‘s strongest point: those raw, literate, lacerating lyrics. Those limitations saw the crowd dwindle and attention drifted in spots.
At the same time, Bbymutha stays an elite performer and one of the best writers in the business. The show had hips shaking and heads nodding, even if some old heads regretted a lethal lyric or three getting lost in the murk.
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