South By Southwest press registration was a snap. I thought the convention center was managed really well, and yet the woman who handed me my badge apologized for making me wait so long. To make it up to me she gave me complimentary drink cards that if used strategically would get me 40 free drinks over the course of the festival. Ridiculous.
Inside the cavernous registration hall are magazine racks loaded with alternative newsweeklies from around the country. I picked up a recent copy of Boise Weekly to share with my Austin hosts. Gotta say we look pretty damn good compared to the national competition. I think I'll go with the Boston Phoenix for best cover in the piles. Looked them up online and found a writer who loaded videos for 25 hip hop acts playing this year's SXSW. Cool.
The third and final installment of my SXSW mixtapes is all about hip hop. To get you in the mood for the festivities, I've put together three mixtapes of songs from artists playing official showcases during the music festival.
Radioactive Gavin's SXSW 2010 Mixtapes Vol. 3: Hip Hop Future Now
SXSW Hip Hop Future Now Mixtape tracklist-
Invincible "Viewer Discretion a cappella" (Live in Memphis, TN)
Slum Village & Dwele "Say How I Feel remix"
Bahamadia "Funky For You" (Jay Dee remix)
Afro Classics "Do Thangs"
Illa J & Debi Nova "Sounds Like Love"
La Melodia "Sounds of the City"
Madlib "Understanding (Comprehension)"
One Be Lo "Propaganda"
Zion I "In the Mornin (Caged Bird Part 2)"
Blue Scholars "Second Chapter"
Flying Lotus "Massage Situation"
Antipop Consortium "Reflections"
Madlib "American Dream & Future" (OJ Simpson remix)
Sage Francis "Conspiracy to Riot"
Tobacco & Aesop Rock "Dirt"
Solillaquists of Sound "Marvel"
4th Pyramid "Memories of a Dream"
Josh Martinez "All Rapped Out" (Live in Bozeman, MT)
Daedelus & Paperboy & Taz "Touchtone" (Thavius Beck remix)
Major Lazer "Hold the Line" (Mexicans with Guns remix)