by Andrew Crisp
Mid-way through the Reef's late-night hip-hop lineup during Treefort, the sea of people were parted by security hauling a girl out, four people carrying her by each limb as she wiggled about. The scene was made all the more bizarre by people cheering for her as she was pulled down the stairs.
On stage, Oso Negro dropped rhymes over bass-heavy tracks by DJ Toe, the crowd waving their arms in the air for the South African-born rapper who now calls the Treasure Valley home. Judging by their cheers, Oso was oh-so well-received.
The scene at The Reef was different than many of the other Treefort venues. The popular drinks were sugary cocktails and shots as opposed to the Main Stage's PBR popularity. The clientele wasn't the type to live out of a van for a weekend, but rather had primped and preened for The Reef, a seminal locale for the Boise hip-hop scene.
The Reef is often packed to the gills for rap shows, a scene growing in the Treasure Valley that was well-represented by the evening's lineup of Oso, and San Diego, Calif.'s Vokab Kompany.
The dance party began with an opening performance by Boise band Dedicated Servers, followed by Charles Engels and the Family Matters, which presented some experimental beats to the crowd, everything from scratchy record sections to walls of bass cascading out of the venue's big speakers.