This last weekend marked the fourth annual Low End Theory Festival and one of the more stand-out live performances came from the young DeathLA / Love.Sex.Drugs rapper Sahtyre who could easily be part of the next big chapter in Los Angeles’ legendary hip hop scene. DeathLA has come to represent a large swath of the authentically gritty LA underground movement but it originated in the downtown area (DTLA, easy to see where the name came from) pushed by key members Verbs, Alpha MC, Flako Siete, Clive Aden and Sahtyre (among others) who have became known for putting on the Bananas events every third Thursday in Leimart Park (largely known as one of the best regular rap shows in LA) in addition to their regular appearances at Low End Theory. If the #DeathLA hashtag looks unfamiliar to you, chances are you haven’t been getting out to underground shows in LA!
No track hit harder in the set than Sahtyre’s most recent release, Grammy and it’s easy to understand why. The gentle, dulcet tones of the piano make for a beautiful contrast against the hardness of the sub and Sahtyre’s raw bars about life in LA. “Smokin’ on that good loud, they call that a Grammy,” is easily the local anthem of the summer and Sahtyre is about to take it national on tour next month– keep a lookout for more Sahtyre and the rest of the DeathLA crew as we enter the second half of summer! Turn up the bass, spark one and don’t sleep on the underground.
[art by Pharo]
Sahtyre – Grammy | iTunes
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