For the past few years, Steve Stein has been one of a handful of MCs, beat-makers and producers committed to keeping hip-hop alive and well in Boise—a city not exactly known for its contribution to the genre.
In just the past four years, Stein, aka Oso Negro, has dropped a slew of releases, each one a well-crafted example of his sense of humor, authenticity and lyrical ability. True to form, Stein is still at it with a new five-track EP, Keyholes, a collaboration with New Mexico-based MC/producer PH8 (of Po.10.Cee).
The Saturday, Jan. 30 release party for Keyholes, described as a "soulful, sample-based, boom-bap concoction," promises to be a party in the truest sense of the word, with support by Camp, Stranger Danger and Buff Mervyn, and DJ Gladwell rounding out the night.
In addition to all the music, local company Sibbz Longboards, which has sponsored several Oso Negro tours, recently launched Whiskey Woodz, a line of longboards made with recycled whiskey barrels. According to Stein's Facebook page Sibbz will have these and other decks and longboards at the show. This deserves a "Hip, hop, hooray!"