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Kind Dub’s thoughtful style of Hip-Hop at Hodi’s Half Note

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FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Kind Dub brought their generous style of Hip-Hop to Hodi’s Half Note, on June 1. They were the opening act, along with: Hench, Qbala and Syntax. Psalm One was the direct support and Louis Logic was the headliner.

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Cody “Mr. Kind Dub” Marsden is the disc jockey and guitarist, Cory “CO” C. and Nick “Arson” Arsenault are the emcees of Kind Dub.

Before Kind Dub began their performance, they asked the crowd to praise Qbala and Dominic Deadbeat. CO mentioned it had been their first time back at the venue since Aug. Mr. Kind Dub went onto play the track for “Freestyle CO Intro”, CO motioned for everyone to clap their hands above their heads and they quickly followed suit.

After CO generated energy and warmed up the crowd with audience participation with his opening freestyle, he mentioned Kind Dub’s lyrical content was real Hip-Hop. After he provided the first verse and chorus to “Kind Dub Krew”, Arson rapped the second verse.

CO went onto acknowledge Psalm One and Louis Logic and thanked them for making Fort Collins, Colo. a part of their tour. He went onto say this was the last show, before they embarked on their own tour and mentioned they would be leaving the following Friday. He mentioned they would have a free downloadable album via their website on June 2 and continued their recital with “Hood Life”.

Arson and CO voiced their opinions on the current state of Hip-Hop, before and after “Education”. They spoke of the difference of what an emcee and a rapper was. They mentioned rappers rapped on top of their lyrics and questioned how they could charge an audience $20 to see them. Then, they spoke on how the event was $5 and none of the acts needed the extra vocals to help guide them. They stated they needed to reeducate the fans, the crowd agreed with them and cheered.

Qbala was invited on stage, for the performance of “Get Paid”. Mr. Kind Dub walked away from behind his DJ set up, grabbed an electric guitar and stood beside the rest of Kind Dub and Qbala. They took turns providing their verses and accompanied each other with the chorus. Afterwards, “Mr. Kind Dub” continued to play the guitar and they ended their concert with “How We Do It”.

“Drinks Up” and “Revolution” were also part of Kind Dub’s set.