The lineup of the holiday version of annual local hip-hop party Waffle Fest shines brightly thanks to Chris Spencer and MoeCyrus | Concert Preview | Chicago Reader

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The lineup of the holiday version of annual local hip-hop party Waffle Fest shines brightly thanks to Chris Spencer and MoeCyrus

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This holiday season may God (or whatever you believe in, higher power or otherwise) bless us, everyone, but especially Shawn Childress (aka rapper-producer Awdazcate), who in 2011 brilliantly created an event where people could gather to eat and watch different generations of local hip-hop acts. Waffle Fest has been going strong ever since. Near the top of this year’s yuletide iteration is Chris Spencer, aka rappers Chris Crack and Vic Spencer. Crack, who has a nasal drawl and an outsize personality, and Spencer—a gruff-voiced MC whose irascible presentation underscores his determination to do right by rap’s underground heroes—make an oddly endearing pair. On August’s Blessed (Perpetual Rebel), they follow the lead of their polished-up, sample-heavy soul instrumentation, smoothing the edges of their voices and vollying verses like they’re feathers floating through the air. Maurice Mauricio, aka MoeCyrus, anchors the opening half of the bill. A member of hip-hop collective Slumpgang777, MoeCyrus self-released a couple of full-lengths this year—March’s [Untitled] and October’s L Trains and Paper Planes—on which he demonstrates an easygoing, intuitive grasp of rap that promises a bright artistic future. A member of hip-hop collective Slumpgang777, MoeCyrus self-released his [Untitled] mixtape in March, on which he demonstrates an easygoing, intuitive grasp of rap that promises a bright artistic future.   v

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