There’s no doubt that Columbus has a Hip-Hop scene that is continuously growing. This past Sunday’s show at The Summit, put together by ConQuest, was the perfect example of how underground hip-hop artists are appreciated here. The venue was just small enough to give you an up close and personal connection with the performers, but also big enough to give you room to hangout when there were breaks. A lively group of people came together to support artists ConQuest, Correy Parks, and The Buttress who are three of the most unique MC’s in the game right now.
Correy took the stage first and was the perfect start to the show. He briefly spoke about life and following your dreams, dropping some knowledge on the crowd before he really went in. Correy made the whole place shake while performing his most popular songs, new and old. He has a sound that is indescribable because you’ve just never heard anything like it before. The best way to describe it is refreshing. Correy came with a very impressive flow and relatable, meaningful lyrics. Watching him rap with so much passion and jump into the crowd to party with everyone as he performed an unreleased song, “Give Em That Work”, was a sight to see.
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Next up was the man who put the whole thing together, ConQuest. He is originally from Cincinnati but has been in Columbus for a while. His contribution to the culture is much appreciated. ConQuest brought dark, creepy vibes that made you want to mosh and bang your head up and down until it fell off. He pumped up the crowd with ease and had everybody going crazy to his songs. The energy he brought to the stage along with his unique sound was impressive. You could see on everybody’s faces that they were enjoying the off-the-wall energy.
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The last rapper to take the stage was New Jersey’s The Buttress. She was accompanied by the house DJ of the night, Empty Nest, who was spinning some sick beats. Some of which were made by DJ DanFan who helped produce The Buttresses last album, and some made by The Buttress herself. You might think that since she isn’t from Ohio she might not get the same love that the other 2 Ohio natives received but this was definitely not the case. The crowd was vibing with her from the moment she came out until the moment she stepped off the stage. She screamed, grunted, and rapped about things like psychedelic drugs and how she is killing the rap game. The Buttress was a grungy, gnarly chick. She really brought something new and intriguing to the table and put on for the state of New Jersey.
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It’s always nice to attend an event that shines light on unique artists who are emerging in the culture. I can guarantee you that everybody who decided to come out to this show had no regrets at the end of their night. Keep your eyes peeled for more from Correy Parks, ConQuest, The Buttress, and DanFan and check out some more of their music below.
Photographer: Anna Maconachy