Mudkids featured in Indianapolis Monthly

Good article from Evan West about the Mudkids, and the state of Indianapolis hip hop. I can be fairly critical of hip hop articles, especially in Indy, but Mr. West touches on some interesting topics regarding the “scene”, or lack thereof, in this city.

This extends even into national acts. I remember when the Clipse came through downtown Indy, and I was at the front of the stage with no problem…. there was no more than 200 people there. The next night in Chicago was nuts, as you would imagine, packed in a sweaty basement party.

This article is a good discussion about the struggles of Indianapolis live music, and a nice highlight of Indy’s most recognizable and consistent hip hop group: The Mudkids.

“One criticism leveled against Indianapolis is that it has never found its own identity,” says Rhymefest. Indeed, if you ask an average hip-hop fan outside of Indy to name an artist who hails from here, expect a blank stare . . . In many ways, hip-hop artists fight the same uphill battle faced by countless local musicians: Indianapolis, at its heart, is not a strong live-music town. “It’s a very lazy culture here,” says Josh Baker. “Most people would rather sit on the couch or go to a movie.”

Read the full article HERE, and get off your couch!

Read Rusty’s blog, “Prehensile Tales”, HERE. Trust me, this man has a wide, wide array of interests, stories, anecdotes, and obscure movies/musicians you’ve never heard of, but will be glad you did.

(P.S. If you don’t know the movie that picture is based on, seek therapy)

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4 Responses to “Mudkids featured in Indianapolis Monthly”


  1. 1 thegrip 06/02/2008 at 6:37 pm

    Your back!

  2. 2 Andrew Barber 06/02/2008 at 11:04 pm

    thanks for putting me on to this…Great article. Being in Chi, I would find it hard for me to ever return to Indy – for hip hop reasons, that it.

  3. 3 djkinetik 06/03/2008 at 1:53 am

    ADK is a reason for Mr. Barber to return…Saving All The Good Beats for Myself….

  4. 4 CHL 06/04/2008 at 6:34 pm

    Good article on the Indy scene. I used to ONLY do hip hop stuff here. I did countless shows with the Mudkids, ‘Fest, The Cleptoz, Jones, and all the cats that would come in from out of town. But the music turned sour (for all of rap, not locally) and I excused myself from it. That isn’t to say I don’t play it at all, but I no longer maintain an exclusive hip hop playlist.

    And my career has skyrocketed because of it. So what does that mean?


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