Chief Keef got the $6 million deal and Chance the Rapper has the best received mixtape of the year, but don’t sleep on Katie Got Bandz, another Chicago kid with a lot to say and loud beats to say it over. Tonight, for whatever reason, she plays the—don’t forget the hashtag—#BrooklynOnDeck2 party at Williamsburg’s Public Assembly, joining a lineup of unknowns before a crowd of the city’s most passionate rap fans. Years ago, an out-of-towner like Katie would have gotten booed back to Port Authority; tonight, she’ll get the hero’s welcome she deserves.
Mon., July 8, 7 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 3, 2013