By Susan Payne, Contributor
Excitement built as fast as the evening traffic on Jan. 20 as the Uncool prepared for a major all-ages event at the Sandbox. The show started at 7 p.m. Tickets were $6.
“I am taken back by the overwhelming support for the life and culture of this thing I call hip-hop here in my own state of NE!” said Kearney hip-hop artist TSMC, happy to have been a part of the set. “The graffiti art was mad dope, and major props need to go out to the man behind everything—Erick Uncool. He brought two elements of hip-hop together. PG got ill, Dirty Diamonds killed it, Midtown Marauders stole the show, and I didn’t do too bad myself.”
Joe Benson, the owner of the Sandbox, questioned the show at first because of previous issues with attendance of other booked shows. However, attendance was not an issue at all. The floor, the gallery and the couches were packed as people had the opportunity to witness groundbreaking material as The Uncool finally unleashed the epitome of the movement.
On the set Dojorok brought fire with his beats. PG hit the floor lyrically, killing it with BTB on his first performance as a rapper, special appearance by Deotis. TSMC came on set during the mid-point of the show, performing old and new songs released on his album “Just For Props.” Kethro’s smooth transitioning with Dojorok putting the beats and introductions in place, Dirty Diamonds heated up the room with their graffiti spit. For the last performance, Midtown Marauders finalized the event, making everyone respectfully put their fists up to Dojo’s beat “Rest in Peace” to influencing artists that have passed, most recently Etta James.
People in chairs, people standing and people on top of whatever they could climb just to see everything that was happening. Art across the walls on display from local artists Ghosst, Egor, Kizr, Mars and Bones cleared the misconceptions that some people have about graffiti. Some will agree that it is the intention of the artist that define it as vandalism or art.
Photographer and musician, Randy Edwards’ views on the subject are quite similar, and he hopes in the next few months, The Uncool Movement will be “keeping the underground art movement alive.”
To top the show off, Erick Uncool offered graffiti artists a chance to show their best tags of Midtown Marauders or Dirty Diamonds from their black books to win a prize. The prize was two special cans of spray paint, which were awarded to Kizr near the event’s end.
If you missed the show, don’t worry—there will be more. Erick Uncool tweeted to his followers the night of Jan. 20, “If you missed last night, you missed a crazy event, like one hundred percent dopeness. But it’s okay, it wasn’t the last.”
The Uncool is a staple movement for every young artist at the event, both visually and musically. A community of people privileged to work as a cohesive whole to bring everything together, with a mindset that one day the movement will be big, one day every race, every difference and every cultural separation will be defeated.
Erick Uncool, the 17-year-old founder of The Uncool Movement, is the artist responsible for hosting the event. He has done murals and art shows for Disorderly Conduct and Hot Shops, recently donated a piece for auction at the New Blk, Bold Nebraska Bid Green Stop Pipeline, on top of his countless experiences with art across Omaha and Southern California, and he’s not stopping there. There are shows, art and more to come in February from The Uncool Movement.
Many broken with messed up families, scattered dreams and socialized realities were brought together for the better of the community. To art, to music and to creativity, The Uncool will always stray strong with their upper hand.