When: Fri., Nov. 4, 10 p.m. 2016
Amid this fall’s deluge of great local hip-hop tracks, Air Credits’ “No Water” has burrowed into my brain better than most, and on more than a few occasions I’ve found myself quietly repeating the triumphant hook: “Air Credits don’t come cheap / Air Credits don’t come cheap / Broke boys ain’t breathing like me.” Rapper ShowYouSuck and mashup maestros Hood Internet announced the formation of Air Credits earlier this year, but they seeded the band back in 2012 when ShowYouSuck appeared on Hood Internet’s studio debut, Feat. The MC and production duo do more than complement each other on the new self-released debut full-length Broadcasted; together they show they understand just how a healthy dose of humor, a deep affection for pop culture, and an innate sense of pop euphoria can enrich a song. And their skill at juggling genres is apparent in their stylistic switcharoos—squiggly G-funk synths, xylophonic New Orleans bounce percussion, and big-footed boom-bap all pinball off one another. Meanwhile ShowYouSuck weaves a loose dystopian narrative in which a Trump presidency leads to a nuclear fallout and survivors have to pay for oxygen via, well, air credits. It’s a nightmare that feels a little too plausible as Election Day nears, but even in the darkness Air Credits find a way of making life worthy of affirmation.