Salt Lake has seldom been brought to tears or violence by a Localized showcase, but it may very well happen this time around. October comes with a hardon for this month's Localized at Urban Lounge with some hip hop acts, for once. Local acts Knoitalls, The Bad Apples and Kinnetik will be on display showcasing their vocal wares. As usual it will be on the second Friday of the month (Oct. 10) and its only $5. It's a steal of a deal considering the sheer quality of band for your buck. Peep "the skinny" below.
Johnny Utah - MC
Facts - MC
Photo: Patiri Photography
SLC's Knoitalls could be one of the rare acts who actually live up to their name. These cats aren't slouches and back up whatever shit they need to talk with facts. They're not "gangsta" MCs with "gats." They're just some genuine talent from Salt Lake carving a niche. Johnny Utah and Facts "not Fax, assholes," make up this team that have been collaborating for about five years. Both of them have been concocting cyphers since their early teens, sometimes when it wasn't all that popular. "I was only one of five people in Utah County that rapped," says Facts. The mid-90s were not too friendly toward white kids trying to shake the Vanilla Ice image he says.
The duo first appreciated each other's stripes performing within various groups in the early doubleots: Facts was in The Agents and Johnny in Broken Silence, until reciprocal mix-tape spots were suggested to each other. "He has really smooth skin and dresses real nice," Johnny says when asked how he got interested in Facts. All joking aside, Johnny says that they wrote a tight 16-bar song in less than two hours during their first collaboration and "the chemistry was really good." Thus, The Knoitalls began their combined quest for more insight to earn their moniker.
The Knoitalls are balls deep in the process of mastering their latest LP Kiss The Ring: continually fighting the stereotypes of "where from" and "what" makes an MC, and have no qualms about representing Utah to the fullest. Their new lyrics are peppered with Salt Lake references and both think the concept that "the city by the salty lake has no talent" is outmoded in the extreme. "From the national standpoint there's still a stigma. You have to win their respect. I did an MTV MC battle and the hip hop guy judging was shocked I was from Utah. When he heard me rap, he was like 'Oh, wow.' Because hip hop is more judgmental than other kinds of music, it can be tough," Facts says.
Both MCs are still involved in other projects and struggle to juggle families, multiple jobs and the constant hunt for beats. Both dudes rep the ideal of the "hardworking MC" well. I tracked down Facts on a Friday cutting a track with Dusk from Mindstate and Brisk (Johnny's favorite producer in SLC) at the boards. Facts had his work and personal phones constantly buzzing as he meticulously laid down verses and a hook for two songs. With no notes and no preparation for the second track, Brisk dug up a work-in-project for some spontaneous polishing. It was impressive.
Heads up: The new release from Knoitalls could be out next week. "More or less, the project's done," Facts says, and they're waiting for a solid date that will be sooner than later. Check their MySpace, www.myspace.com/theknoitalls. The LP may very well be available at the Localized show. And these MCs want the audience to bring high expectations to Urban. "We have a tendency to get a little rowdy on stage," Facts says. Sometimes, bar management has had to intercede. "If nothing else, you're going to see two guys using every inch of the stage," he finishes.
"You won't leave a Knoitalls show saying you weren't entertained. If anything, you're going to see two assholes running around stage, spilling beers, kicking speakers and jumping into crowds," Johnny guarantees.
The Bad Apples:
Sir Louis Wildamiss - MC
MC Mike Booth - MC/Producer
Photos: Adam Dorobiala