If you looked up the word “hungry” in the dictionary, undoubtedly you would see Radio Blitz aka Radio B picture there. When it comes to stage performers, there is one thing I look for and that’s energy. Richmond Virginia’s own MC, Radio B delivered fire in every sense of the word at last night show at Strange Matter. His ferocious stage presence was something that I haven’t witnessed since Busta Rhymes back in his When Disaster Strikes days. Performing to a packed house of a diverse crowd, once Radio B hit the mic, everyone bounced and nodded their heads in unison. In a 2013 interview he did with RVAMag he stated “I want to provide a pure, authentic and organic hip hop experience. Something nostalgic – that reminded you why you fell in love with hip hop and to remind me why I started rapping.”
Even if you have never heard of Radio B, seeing his show live would resurrect your hope that quality hip hop hasn’t been lost in this new age era of one hit club bangers and watered down less conscious raps. We all see how Kendrick Lamar is striving to revive hip-hop along with a handful of other MC’s, well add Radio B in that list. I always root for the underdog because in my opinion they have more to prove, they have more purposeful things to articulate and they have more of an insatiable hunger. In all the “hip-hop is still alive talk” I failed to mention the depth to Radio B. Midway through his performance he shifted gears to show us what other talent he has under his belt, spoken word. Once again, Radio B proves he knows how to captivate the crowd. He painted a vivid picture of the struggles of the black man in “When 16 Ain’t Enough”. Speaking on the struggles of the young black man trying to survive walking home from school, the life or death traffic stop, racial profiling and black on black crime, he sent a shock wave through his aggressive delivery that permeated the room. The scene of the crowd was that of applauds, the finger snaps like that you hear at poetry clubs and the nods in agreements. There was a consensus among the crowd. For a minute it almost felt like a Black Lives Matter assembly. Though the crowd was diverse, his words seem to touch everyone there. The power of words whether in the form of a song, a rap or spoken word, once again proves that music connects us all. Closing the show out with my personal favorite “F**k All Yall Season” I wish he would’ve kept the momentum going and performed his whole album.
The buzz around Radio B is well deserved but in the same breath it’s unbelievable that he isn’t as big as he should be. With masterpieces like his latest album Never Fall Off and his other two projects The Climb and Whole Foods, his fan base should be major. All of his work is laced with raw, gritty, passionate, conscientious lyrics and a vigorous soulful production. For all my hip-hop heads out there or those who are just looking for new artist to explore, Radio B is one you don’t want to ignore. Sometimes going back to the basics is where the magic lies. When you reminisce about real hip-hop you think of cats like KRS-One, Busta Rhymes, Eric B. & Rakim, etc, it makes you question the integrity of the hip-hop music scene to date. Cat’s like Radio B is exactly what the game needs. Though talents like his are usually far and few between, when they do surface, one should be esteemed. Radio B has an unplugged show coming up May 29th at The Camel in Richmond, Virginia. and I encourage you to treat yourself to one of his shows. You won’t be disappointed. Check out a snippet of his spoken word “When 16 Ain’t Enough” and his latest album Never Fall Off.
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