Don’t Let The Mask Fool You, The Koreatown Oddity’s Got Bars REVIEW+PHOTOS: Koreatown Oddity @ Stones Throw Superfest 11/5/16
Being a Korean-American, my curiosity was piqued when I saw on the roster an artist by the name of The Koreatown Oddity performing at the Stones Throw Superfest. Though I couldn’t revel in a some ethnic pride (he wasn’t Korean), I was impressed with with the way he connected and hyped the crowd during his performance.
The Koreatown Oddity is Dominique Purdy, a talent who has tried his hand at standup comedy and acting, but has really found a niche in the music game. Wearing his trademark wolf mask, The Koreatown Oddity eloquently waxed poetic to a crowd that was fully in the zone with him. I don’t quite understand the reasoning behind his wearing a mask on stage, but if he was aiming to instill a bit of mystery around his aura, then I can say that his mission was accomplished.
With hip-hop, for the most part, the messages and meanings conveyed through words is personal. You want to be able to look into the face of the rapper to see the emotions conveyed through every facial wrinkle. By wearing a mask, you would think that it would be that much harder to be able to connect with an audience, and the wall that the mask creates. Not so with The Koreatown Oddity. The audience hung on every word, and reciprocated their understanding with hands in the air and bouncing hard to the rapper’s verbal cadence.
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— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) November 5, 2016
Derrick K. Lee is a music attorney, blogger, concert photographer and co-owner of Blurred Culture. He goes to a lot of shows and sometimes he writes good. Music is his boo.
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