Rappin’ Alaska Style: Fairbanks Rapper Alaska Redd Showcases Interior in Music
In his experience, a rock concert at the Blue Loon is likely to result in a few fist fights. Not his shows, he said. The only fight he knows about at one of his shows was melee between teenage girls at an all-ages show for Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne.
As for the themes of his music it’s not exactly kid-friendly, but it tends to be light spirited, he said. Especially in live shows, he performs mostly up-tempo songs about drinking, getting high, sex and generally having a good time.
“We’re not out here thugging, so we don’t really talk about that,” he said. “We talk about partying and having fun.”
One way he’s trying to introduce hip-hop to audiences who would otherwise have a closed mind to the genre is using a live band, an approach he calls Alaska hip rock.
On this tour he’s starting his songs with a conventional electronic beat for the first few songs and then adds in the live drum set, guitar and base. “It’s heavier, it’s grittier. It’s all played live and we’ve got the DJ scratching and throwing samples in there,” he said. “It’s really amped up.”
Silva’s tour stared with a show in Barrow last month, and next weekend heads south for shows in Wasilla and Juneau.
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