Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tonight: Friends and Friends feat. Swagnum P.I. at Bongo After Hours

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Friends and Friends feat. Swagnum P.I.
9 p.m. Feb. 23 at Bongo After Hours, 2007 Belmont Blvd.

Let’s be clear — parody rap is one of the most worthless genres of art mankind has ever known. Conversely, punch-line rap might be one of the best. While parody rap is generally a ham-fisted and half-baked retread of stale ideas and shitty mic skills, punch-line rap takes an expert combination of cleverness, comedic talent and actual mic skills.

Hence our wholehearted approval of Swagnum P.I., the alter ego of local alt-comedian Gary Fletcher — he’s got punch lines for days and raps circles around most of the “serious” rappers that bombard our inbox every day. (Note to serious rappers: Lighten the fuck up.) Basically, sucker MCs and sucker, um, comedians need to step up their game or they’re gonna get Swagnum’s P all up in their I. And that’s gonna hurt more than any parody rap ever could.

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