Monday, March 23, 2015

In celebration of his 18th birthday Baro took live to the stage of Town Hall’s Good God Small Club in Sydney. Filling the venue with his dedicated fans, Baro spat out his rad flow and lyrical creativity, reminding us why he is a Triple J Unearthed High Finalist. His effortless rhymes pelted out of the speakers, as the crowd watched on, hypnotized by his engaging stage presence. Supported by two other local Australian acts, the night kicked off to a great start.

Sporting a Wu Tang Clan jersey, Yung Dready Bastard took to the stage first. Warming up the audience for Baro’s performance, Yung Dready’s dope energy had the audience buzzing. He soon passed the mic over to 90’s RD, a group of young budding Melbourne rappers. They psyched up the audience for the main event by spitting bars of easy freestyle between themselves. The audience keenly watched on, baring much anticipation.

Baro’s unique hip-hop rhymes reverberated off the walls of the basement location of Good God’s Dancteria, transporting the audience to an alter state. The smokey atmosphere of the underground location referenced the dense rap battles seen in 8 Mile. Baro’s rad style brings a whole new dimension to the Australian hip-hop scene, as his music compels the audience to vibe out. His unrestrained delivery and agility to spit bars are deeply engrained in hip-hop culture. This up-and-coming young artist focused on interacting and communicating with the crowd. Kicking back at his intimate performance, Baro showcased a variety of tracks. He debuted new singles and well known crowd favourites.

Once the backing track to Cigarettes surfaced, the crowd activated, chanting lyrics; bouncing with the downbeat. The gentle piano feature juxtaposed against the intense expressive lyrics to establish a surreal, dazed vibe.  His latest mix tape Howgoodisgood has astounded audiences. Impressed by his maturity, skill and flair, the 18-year-old rapper has received a substantial amount of digital love. He has been heightened as a potential game changer to the Australian hip-hop scene. This promising young emcee is just warming up and is set to travel very far.

(Review by: Otara Ath)

 BARO | GOOD GOD (SYD) | 21.3.15
Photographer: Joshua Pike