Fuse is bringing young blood to the local hip-hop scene: Best of KC 2019
Our annual Best of Kansas City 2019 issue is out now. Go grab a copy. Alternatively, you can browse the results of the readers’ poll here. The issue also includes a list, compiled and written by The Pitch’s editorial staff, shouting out some of our current favorite things about KC. We’ll be publishing these items online throughout the month of October.
Life as a hip-hop fan in Kansas City can be tough, especially if you’re young and not earning enough money to afford the same Johnny Dang diamond grillz as your favorite stars. In a live rap scene littered with nightclub cash-grabs and messy, multiple-artist blowouts, FUSE has been a godsend. The all-ages concert series—organized by local record label and management team Fearless—takes over The Buffalo Room in Westport every few months and follows a simple formula: ten bucks (sometimes less); six or seven rappers, R&B singers, or producers; and it’s all over in three hours. The second FUSE offered raucous sets and new material from buzzing locals and Fearless rostermates Zarin Micheal and Aaron Alexander. The third—an all-ladies bill—featured both an Amira Wang dance party and an intimate moment with seasoned crooner Mae C. The talents of the teenage and twenty-something newbloods in Kansas City’s post-SoundCloud scene have been evident for a hot second now, and FUSE has quickly become the most polished and painless platform to see much of that talent live in one room. We’re not saying the cliques and beefs that have long defined KC hip-hop have dissolved into kumbayas—just that it feels possible when you’re at a FUSE gig.
FUSE Powered by Fearless V4 is on Saturday, October 5 at The Buffalo Room.