Sinjin Hawke, Sicko Mobb, Zora Jones, Evan Spacey, Equator Club | Subterranean | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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Sinjin Hawke, Sicko Mobb, Zora Jones, Evan Spacey, Equator Club 

When: Fri., May 1, 10 p.m. 2015
Two years ago videos of local kids flapping their legs in unison helped popularize a dance called bop—and it took only a few milliseconds less for scores of west-side MCs and producers to cook up countless relentlessly euphoric party-rap tracks to accompany the dance moves (the jams ended up being called bop by association). Bop’s distinctive sound, which extracts high-pitched synths from video games and adds lighter and sunnier tweaks, can be a narrow rubric, but west-side duo Sicko Mobb (aka Lil Ceno and Lil Trav) have managed to break away from the basics while becoming a breakout act. Their early anthems (“Fiesta,” “Young Heavy”) put bop on a frenetic pace with pointed percussion loops, and they boost the instrumental’s sugar rush with watery Auto-Tune. Now Sicko Mobb have reimagined their peerless bop ecstasy on their recent second mixtape, Super Saiyan Vol. 2. Synths slow from a rapid, brittle spray to a gentle, steady wash as the pair infuse tracks with the feeling that there’s still nothing that can beat bopping outdoors as day blurs into night—and they seem to have distilled all that glee and sense of abandon into the pulse of “Kool Aid.” —Leor Galil



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