In contrast to the bravado that pervades hip-hop culture, 22-year-old Dylan Golden’s sophomore album “Humble Beginnings,” scheduled for release in early 2015, doesn’t mince words about coming up from the mean streets of Miami. In this album pre-release show, the Brooklyn transplant mixes Afro-punk, socially conscious lyrics, dense harmonies, and a live band featuring saxophonist-cum-electronic producer Samir Zarif. Golden adopts a more wholesome outlook than the garden-variety upstart rapper; his collaboration with Zarif’s Pax Humana duo goes by the moniker PH.D, and tracks like “If I Told You,” dedicated to his mother, make him a momma’s boy who can spit.
Sat., July 5, 9:30 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 2, 2014