LIT House: In Review by Jas Jen.
Welcome to the second installment of Lit House.
On stage, a blast from the nineties, sits a clunky CRT television on top of a black grocery crate. To the right of the television rests a butterscotch lived-in three-seater sofa. Above the couch, drying in the wind bursting from the speakers, fresh red and black graffiti reading “LIT HOUSE”. My eyes indulged my captivating surroundings. My ears quickly joined the party as the sounds provided by Benny Jetts sent me into a trance relaxing my sensibilities and that’s when it hits me.
I’m in the basement of the coolest house party to ever go down on a Wednesday. My fellow party goers include an elite crowd of young adults discussing art, and hip-hop and a desperate need for more nights like this. Nights when the stars align and the right music is paired with the right people; when the drinks are flowing and no one is too cool to have an actual good time.
Last week the inhabitants of Lit House were Kudos, Yako Pack, The PRBLMS and Dirty Souf. The performances were as enchanting as the venue. Each artist took the stage presenting a new take on music that twisted my ability to tie anyone to a specific genre.
Kudos was the first guest to perform with theatrics suiting a one man play and soul that rang through his lyricism like a school morning bell. Yako Pack was an eclectic group out of Atlanta that married a delicate balance of hardcore vocals with melodic harmonies and hooks that are still echoing in my head today – “I don’t want you baaaaack”-
The PRBLMS introduced his funky southern playalistic rhymes that ignites something in your spirit that requires your body to groove with him through the entire set. A guest appearance by Carey Fountain was the cherry on top of a riveting show. Dirty Souf brought a crowd and definitely gained a few more fans.
As if the music wasn’t enough, local artists Carey Fountain and ArtbyTay welcomed us into their realm of limitless expression. Carey featured art that tackled the stigmas of racial profiling; Tay made us familiar with the cartoon version of himself and their perspectives were beautiful.
Lit House was a house party in the middle of downtown Birmingham. My spirit was liberated, my fellow partygoers were compelling and attractive for both their intellect and style. But most importantly it was FUN. In the house that The PRBLMS and Carey Fountain built, the only requirement was a desire for something new and the initiative to go out and enjoy it!