A personalized tour of Harm City from avant-lyricist Labtekwon.
We tapped prolific left-field rapper/producer Labtekwon for a tour of his beloved hometown - and got more than we asked for. Lab is a true original. His singular aesthetic—a combination of true-school hip-hop, Afrocentrism, free jazz and dance beats—is rooted in his eccentric West Baltimore upbringing. Here, Lab shows us Harm City history, hack cabs, vegan spots, and long-abandoned housing projects—in other words, parts of Baltimore you might not even see on The Wire.
Every week XLR8R TV goes behind the scenes with the musicians, artists and scenes covered in the pages of XLR8R. Since our debut episode in March 2007, we've gone go-karting with Modeselektor, country music shopping with Devin the Dude, schooled you in Dubstep and Detroit Ghettotech, given pro tips on home music recording, answered love letters with Chromeo, set up an art show with Maya Hayuk and taken you to our favorite underground spots -- like an ex-police mobile command unit turned veggie-oil powered rock venue.