Show Reflection: Real Deal’s Mount Oliver Project Album Release Party

I’m a little delayed in letting yal know about the show last Saturday. It was a decent turnout, but the crowd’s energy was dope and very appreciated. I had a blast performing, and I managed to play the keys without screwing up royally. Jesse Mader performed after me. Jesse is a supremely talented artist whose performance has the kind of dynamics that all hip hop artists should live up to. He performs with a guitarist, and Jesse dabbles with some pad instrument (the name eludes me) that added some dope bass vibes. He’s a catchy ass MC too…”she still gets jealous of the headphone”.

The headliner was, of course, the one and only Real Deal. It was refreshing to see him perform his songs, and only his songs. What I mean is, as a legendary battle MC, it’s expected for him to do some freestyle/crowd participation/give me a topic segment. He did not, and honestly, as much as I like the crowd participation bridge to his performances, his songwriting is sadly underrated, so it was great to hear a slew of his jams. His catalog only gets better as time passes. His new album The Mount Oliver Project, the focal point of Saturday night, is no exception.

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Real Deal’s The Mount Oliver Project, Release Party, Saturday!

If you’re into the international battle scene, you’ve got to know about Real Deal. A Pittsburgh native, Real Deal has been growing his audience one cut throat line at a time for well over a decade. We got to know each other in the early 2000s when MySpace was king, and the contemporary Pittsburgh hip hop scene was developing in a hookah bar called The Hkan. We collab’ed on a song in 2008 called “Rush that Boy”, and have shared the stage at different venues throughout the years.

This Saturday at the Smiling Moose in the South Side of Pittsburgh, don’t miss the release party for Real Deal’s The Mount Oliver Project. I’ll be there to perform in support, as well as Jesse Mader. DJ BMW will be holding it down the entire night, with doors open at 9 PM. Must be 21 or older to enter. $10 at the door. See the event page for more information by clicking the flier below.