Underachievers, Pouya & the Buffet Boys, Kirk Knight, Bodega Bamz | Metro | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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Pouya

Pouya

Geoff Mau

Underachievers, Pouya & the Buffet Boys, Kirk Knight, Bodega Bamz 

When: Fri., Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $27, $23 in advance
Miami rapper Kevin Pouya, better known as Pouya, is the kind of hip-hop stylist whose songs sound great taken as a whole—especially if that keeps you from listening too closely to his single-minded lyrics. His blunt, often tasteless sexual boasting is sometimes so by-the-numbers that it barely feels misogynistic; on “Dandy,” off his recent South Side Slugs mixtape, he raps, “She want me early in the morning like Pearl Harbor.” Pouya treats his words like railroad ties, though—they’re not the train, but they get the song to where it’s going all the same. The best cuts from South Side Slugs benefit from his efforts to use his flow and enunciation to complement the backing tracks—which are often solemn street-rap beats that sound like they’ve been dragged out of Memphis, left to melt in the sun, and then hustled into a pink-and-teal Miami nightclub. Members of his Buffet Boys collective provide him with lethal production; Mikey the Magician’s groaning horns and cold postpunk guitars on “Suicide Thoughts in the Back of a Cadillac” inject pathos into Pouya’s rhymes about lonesome excess.
— Leor Galil
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