Foreign Beggars Take Over the Larimer Lounge
(By Brandy Cordova) If you have not seen, or heard, Foreign Beggars, you are doing yourself a major disservice. They are known for their energetic live shows that showcase their creativity of fusing their underground hip-hop roots with an array of electronic dance music. They brought the party to the Larimer Lounge in Denver Monday, November 5, 2012. Support artists included Nasty Nasty, Dodger, and Subliminal.
Foreign Beggars, consisting of MCs Orifice Vulgatron and Metropolis, and DJ NoNames, are a British hip-hop, grime, dubstep group that formed in 2002. They are on tour to support their latest album, ‘The Uprising’, which was released in October 2012 on the deadmau5 label, Mau5trap
The Uprising’ showcases Foreign Beggars tight grip on the underground hip-hop and grime scene for the last decade, while steadily developing a cross over sound that showcases heavy productions by electronic dance music’s hottest talents such as Knife Party, Millons Like Us, as well as the legendary Tommy Lee drumming on Minds Eye.
Originally slated for the Bluebird Theater, the show changed venues days before the show to the Larimer Lounge. Instead of a performing for a larger venue and crowd, Foreign Beggars performed to a smaller, intimate crowd, which allowed for better fan/performer interaction.
After great dj sets by Subliminal, Dodger and Nasty Nasty, DJ NoNames started off the Foreign Beggar set with some solo sounds, then out came MC’s Metropolis and Orifice Vulgatron. The party had officially begun.
MC Orifice Vulgatron kept pumping up the crowd telling them to get crazy, and “It’s Monday, which is the new Friday!” At one point, he dived into the crowd to take a ride amongst outstretched hands, managed to grab onto the ceiling, which actually ended up being part of the light fixture, wrapped his legs around it and hung on as he began to “dance on the ceiling”. Once back on stage, Vulgatron screamed/sung into the mic “dancing on the ceiling”, at which point the rest of Foreign Beggars stopped the set, laughed, then transitioned to their next song.
Not only does Foreign Beggars mix hip-hop and dubstep, but they also add a bit more flare to songs than expected. At one point in the night, Vulgatron was telling the audience that he grew up on metal music; Slayer, Pantera, Rage Against the Machine, and what not, which happened to be the intro to a re-mix featuring Megadeth backed against dubstep. Not what I had expected!
Song after song, I was pulled into the craziness that is Foreign Beggars. The beats and rhymes kept me dancing and wanting more. Next thing I knew it was 1:30 in the morning! My how the time had flown by!
As I was reveling in the fun, Vulgatron started to speak: “We don’t do this anymore,” as Metropolis chimes in, “The last time someone broke their wrist, so please, no broken wrists.” Then Vulgatron split the room in half, even went over to the VIP standing on the side of the stage, called them “bitches” and told them to move over with the rest of the crowd. At first I was not sure what was going on. Then they started saying something about a “wall of death” and that on the count of three, to go.
On three, the people in the center of the split, hesitantly, rushed the opposite side. Vulgatron was not pleased, and started the process over, which then turned into an all-out mosh pit. Another thing I had not expected!
By the end of the set, I was pleased to announce that I had once again witnessed pure awesomeness! Foreign Beggars definitely have a place in my music heart. Their fluidity with lyrics, combined with killer beats and insane stage presence has made me one happy reviewer.
Pics by Stu Kennedy of SKfunphotos