For those who don’t know MastaMic (most probably you don’t), he’s a Hong Kong underground (indie) rapper. He’s the undefeated freestyle rapper of Hong Kong. Carrying this title could be a double-edged blade. Losing a rap battle would be a big hit. Apparently, he managed to continue and inject even more energy to his music and use this to market himself and his crew. And his humorous character brings joy to his fans.
Last time/early this February, I attended his ‘Justice is What I Rap For’ mixtape release show at Fringe Club. That was my first time seeing his live show. I still remember the anticipation of the mixtape and being distributed from the selected locations. I love his political tracks from his mixtape. The year before the mixtape release, some of those tracks were being played on a fun sarcastic/political program (Headliner – RTHK) on the major TV channels. That’s how I knew this guy. Thanks to the internet or I won’t be able to google him.
I admit I’m NOT his no.1 fan. I’m not too into hiphop but I used to listen to the mainstream hiphop/rap music (I’m more of a rock/metal person). I really want to show support to someone that has potential to be who he wants to be. That’s why I came out to his free gig, twice!
MastaMic and his crew is currently undergoing the recording of his first official album. It’s due to release in September. Good luck!
I have mentioned before the pedestrian zone of Mong Kok is full of artists and performers. This time a better known performer MastaMic takes on the street for a single release gig. They have set up a place nicely. There’s even a mini-backstage. At the front there’s the PAs, workspace for the DJ. I arrived at 4:45pm. There were hardly anyone waiting. But there I was..i guess there’s my early reward to be able to photograph MastaMic and Big $ammy while they were not busy. Big $ammy has got some really nice body art!
It was a 1-hour show as scheduled. There were two camera guys filming the entire gig -one with a go-pro fisheye and another one with a Lumix G3 + fisheye lens. I was thinking about bringing my GRD and 21mm lens before heading out. But then, I need to stick with my plan to photograph with my X100. I totally forgot to charge my battery today…I only had a 3/4 full battery. I was so afraid that It’s going to run out during the show.
As soon as the show begins, the street was packed. Audiences and fans gathered and surrounded the stage. They’ve introduced the crew. It’s great that DJ Moka is running the show for MastaMic today. Guess what, briefly after the second song, two policemen arrived at the scene. As we all have imagined, the sound level was pretty powerful. I was standing by a speaker so I could feel it!!! The crowd had gone mad as soon as the show was interrupted. Lots of boos.. I did not know under what circumstances they managed to continue with the same sound level even with more vocal intensity. Shortly after the police were gone. MastaMic played a song that’s not on the original rundown – (D.O.G. – Death Of the Government). It’s dedicated to the annoying police 😛
I forgot how many songs they’ve played. All I remembered was I had a great time. They’ve played a couple tracks of the recent mixtape which I liked. And the last song they played was the new single. They had done an excellent job to let the crowd involved on the chorus of the song. A nice tune indeed.
He had done a freestyle rap. He rapped about his working partner, Gerald. It was cool.
At last but not least, time for some dollar dollar. MastaMic pretended as a pirated CD seller at the DJ’s table…hilarious… He was actually selling his CDs.
I snapped photos throughout the show, some turned out fine… Anyway, it’s so damn nice to be there and witnessed a rising star to go from the street to the mainstream (that’s his vision and his dream). Not sure if I’d be able to see him that close later on. All the best, my friend!
Go find out his music here
而我是由’頭條新聞’認識他。就是’Hate ‘em Now’這一曲讓我得知原來香港的Indie/Underground音樂是存在的 (他在MV跳上鐵絲網這個動作好搞鬼!!!)。在外國的Indie音樂是一個成立的單位,很多band, singer/songwriter在比較低層次的舞台上表演及進行活動。因機緣巧合之下被上了位的主流音樂人提拔而跟隊同台表演。香港比較商業化的K歌世界天下, 提攜往往是非常難發生的事。MastaMic同他的crew (Justice League)也是花不少光陰走他們的路。
今年九月是MastaMic首張大碟推出的大日子,之前兩張免費download的Mixtape都已經有那麼高水準,相信他的debut album會更加有”鑊氣”。不過我也擔心他的rap material 材料會太過主流,可能未必會有我想聽到的政治、民心音樂。
回想上一次聽MastaMic的live是差不多半年前的事,在上旬二月的Mixtape release show我介紹了朋友一起看他演出, 大家都讚不絕口。今次的單曲發報是我第一次到的街頭演出,在室外的感覺極之自由,加上是在出名人多的旺角行人專用區,氣氛非常熱鬧!
我本人不是什麼超級fan屎,但我知道什麼叫支持, 我支持的不單只是MastaMic或獨立音樂人, 而也是為著支持本土的音樂藝術文化,他們的堅持是值得我們加許同學習。
我幸好早到少少, 有頭位之餘還拍下MastaMic跟Big Sammy的合照。這除是我的喜好外也是我對他們的支持, 希望他們不太介意啦!!!
街頭發佈會表演開始時, MastaMic rap出一段快速的opening,像AK47般做了一個少少熱身。接上演出了兩曲後…兩位警察叔叔到場了解事情, 關心聲浪太大, 我心想一年得一兩次,隻眼開, 隻眼閉吧! 有少部份人因此噓表示不滿。警察叔叔查詢後 – 隻眼開, 隻眼閉!!! MastaMic 因此加唱了一首歌 (D.O.G.) 給叔叔。 其實之後都應多謝他們吧。
我相信警察叔叔的出現把演出更加成功, 令大家更珍惜同投入! MastaMic演出了數首的政治民心曲, DJ Moka在MacBook上做的Shuffle, Mute同Remix都到位, 末段的Freestyle同新曲 ’流行無罪’ chorus更令全場’互動’了不少。
最後,MastaMic在DJ台上假裝賣’老番’!! 其實是賣他的Single CD。