This year's lineup for the normally rock/country/folk-centric South By Southwest fest offered more hip-hop than possibly any previous year--with such urban music luminaries as Ice Cube, David Banner, Bun B, Pharrell Williams, GZA, the Clipse, Dizzee Rascal, 2 Live Crew, and Talib Kweli spitting rhymes at various showcases within spitting distance of each other across Austin.
But when it came to appealing to the convention's electrorock-obsessed indie crowd, perhaps no other SXSW '08 rapper had such a finger on the proverbial pulse as did that impeccably manicured crossover MC, Kid Sister.
This Kanye West-endorsed, female-friendly Chi-Town rapstress behind the beauty-salon anthem "Pro Nails" (and the acrylic-tipped star of the greatest music video ever) appeared Friday night at Emo's...where, excitingly, clubbers of presumably either gender could take advantage of complimentary pre-show manicures:
And on a bill alongside the Clipse and the Cool Kids, Kid Sister easily proved she can her hold her own with the big boys. "Pro Nails" may be a bit of a novelty hit, but its novelty seems unlikely to wear off any time soon, based on her on-point performance Friday.
See Kid Sister totally nail it in the live photos below:
- Pharrell Williams
- Dizzee Rascal
- Ice Cube
- Talib Kweli