One of the most surprising parts of my local music journey of the past five years was discovering the amount of great hip-hop/rap in the area. I discovered an energy and level of excitement in many of the live hip-hop acts that is sometimes lacking in the world of rock. The late 2000's were an exciting time for local hip-hop. PPT opened the door for me with hip-hop, and Dem Southernfolkz skillfully demonstrated how to perfectly blend hip-hop and rock. But for me, no rap act has matched the level of energy demonstrated by Damaged Good$.
I saw them live for the first time at the 2009 Quick Music Awards. I know they were not the only performers of that night, but off the top of my head, they're the only ones I remember. Why is that? Simply put, Damaged Good$ is fun. Sure, the act's lyrical skills are impressive, and the beats are definitely cool, but the band puts on a show that entertains both the devoted hip-hop fans and converts new fans.
It was hard to select one specific song. I'm partial to the Spread Love Not Germs era work, although their latest EP has several killer tracks, most notably "KID$(ueatyryung)" and "Everybody Wanna Ball" (click here to listen and/or buy the EP). And in the end, I opted for "The Great Escape". The Dallas Observer offered up the single as a free download a few years back, so attached is the link to the track. Listen and enjoy!
Damaged Good$ - "The Great Escape"