LIVE REPORTRED MARQUEE7/30 SAT
The best thing about Gunma-based hip-hop duo Dongurizu is that they never, ever take themselves too seriously. Right from the get-go with opener “Wasshoi”, which made great use of a traditional Japanese summer matsuri loop, the pair immediately made it loud and clear that they were there to have some fun.
Diving straight into the quirky “Nadja”, rapper Mori officially entered goofy party-boy mode while DJ/producer Chomo pulled double duty as an MC. The two flailed around the stage with no abandon and wasted no downtime, amping up the crowd between songs, egging everyone on to party harder. They really busted it wide open when they brought on pal Nagan Server for the throbbing 90’s house influenced “A Little Question”, all three of them playing off each other, trading complex verses.
They also proved they were not just a loony hip-hop duo with mostly instrumental deep club tracks like “Bomboclap”, which featured rave-worthy 808s, electronic handclaps and a stuttering vocal loop provided by Mori. After shouting, “ANYBODY OUT THERE WHO CAN KEEP ON DANCING? ARE YOU SURE?!”, a funky hip-house backing beat that sounded like it came off a 2 UNLIMITED album burst forth and the pair unleashed “NO WAY”, perhaps their catchiest track.
Challenging the crowd to keep up with their levels of excitement, Mori clutched a beer while effortlessly rapping double-time and Chomo showcased awkwardly charming dance moves. You know its a real party when the guys up on stage are the ones having the most fun under the whole tent.
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