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Labtekwon, “Black Skatepunk”

If you’re not a fan of both local underground hip-hop and 1980s hardcore, the song being rapped over here is Black Flag’s “Damaged I,” a track that lopes along drunkenly in off-time cymbals and soft rips of guitar feedback and just generally sounds not like hardcore-punk, but an LSD hallucination of it. It’s weird. And so is Labtekwon, who will go down in Baltimore history as the city’s most idiosyncratic MC. Rapping might not even be the right word for what Lab is doing on “Black Skatepunk”—again, it’s more like an acid trip version of it. “Everyone thinks I’m weird because I’m not down with the tight-ass pants,” he goes. Well, no, that’s not why.

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