A common refrain among the musical elite in town is that we don't produce or import enough hip-hop. That truth is steadily becoming a falsehood as more and more locals are sprouting up and national acts are slowly but surely branching out their tours to include stops in Boise. But people still complain.
Anthony Noriega is a name you probably don't know. He's just a regular guy with a job, a wife and three daughters. He's also a self-described "hip-hop head" and a member of the above-mentioned we-don't-get-enough-hip-hop-in-Boise club. But instead of whining, he decided to do something. He put together the Boise Spring Hip-Hop Show on Thursday, April 1, at Reef, which will feature the Kid Espi, Kublakai, Mahtie Bush, Notion, Top Shelf and local act Dedicated Servers.
The artists are from California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Once Noriega had all the acts on board, he wanted sponsors in on the fun as well and got Above Ground Magazine, the Board Room and Alliance Jiu Jitsu to join in.
The seed of the show, Noriega said, was to "bring some solid underground hip hop talent to Boise ... I started out breakdancing on cardboard as a kid up until the teen years ... got into graffiti and urban art in high school and have always listened to hip-hop music." Many of the artists he listens to he found out about by word of mouth or someone handing him a flier on the street. Real underground.
Spring and underground hip-hop don't automatically go together like eggs and bacon or Bert and Ernie, but Noriega's reason for calling it the Boise Spring Hip-Hop Show is a sound one: "Everybody loves spring," he said. "People are itching to get some warm weather, get out and see some good shows, feel some sunshine. This show is going to be sunshine for your ears. I plan to do a similar show each year and already have artists contacting me to get on the card."
Thursday, April 1, 9:30 p.m., $5, Reef, 106 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200, reefboise.com.