The Kushed God came to Rock Island to perform. Now I got to be honest. I have heard of Smoke DZA, but haven't heard to much of his music. I have however heard quite a few people talking about him and his music, so I wanted to make sure and see him in person when I saw that he was coming to Wichita. There were quite a few opening acts, all of which were underground hip-hop artists.
As I was going around taking picture I started to realize that something big was happening here. I'm not sure when it happened, or how it happened, but there is definitely a new underground hip-hop scene in Wichita. But the only problem is, they don't know it. See when I was coming up and was a teenager in the late 90's, people who were into hip-hop where in the minority. Yes there were quite a few people who had Dr. Dre's Chronic album, or 2pac, but the hip-hop culture and scene was a very small one. We all knew of each other and always brought positivity and passion to anything we did, because we knew we might not have another chance to have a party or do a show if it wasn't successful or if there were fights going on during it.
Fast forward 20 years. There is a new underground hip-hop scene in Wichita. The movers and shakers have quite a lot more resources than we did back the though. Underground artist are easier to get, and hell lets be honest, there are 10 times more of them now also. Luckily the people in the scene do support it, but there is a big problem. They don't realize that they are still the minority. Its underground music for a reason. So what happens is they almost take it for granted and don't respect it near as much. Just remember, this is Wichita. The underground hip-hop scene is ALWAYS going to be in the minority so there is no time for bullshit.
The potential is there, but the respect isn't. But I am positive it can change, because if not, there will be another 20 year drought in the hip-hop scene for this city. Check out the visuals from the show below! ~ @RoyceOnTheRadio