The local hard rock-rap band Purple Popcorn does, in fact, rock, but has gotten most of its recognition from stomping all over pop hip-hop. In the early days of its formation two years ago, the band pummeled both Soulja Boy's "Crank That" and Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss," and in so doing added some much-needed weight to both tracks.
More recently, Purple Popcorn did the same thing with Kid Cudi's "Day N Nite," though why they did so is anybody's guess. Thankfully, these days the band is after more righteous game. Their mashing in on Lil Wayne's "With One Arm," Flo Rida's "Low" and, most impressively, Eminem's "3am" shows that, given the right track to back, that part of what they do is well worth getting done - and then some.
Still, Purple Popcorn is a band proper, and if they're ever going to be
considered in the same breath as, say, Living Color, then it's got to
be through their originals, a mix of proggy experimentation, metal, and
fierce raps. But this hybrid is best caught live and in your face,
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where it won't matter what some scribbler is even saying.
The band plays White Room this Friday. As a preview, here's an MP3 of their song "Fountain of Youth."
Friday, August 28. White Room, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Show starts at 10:30 p.m., tickets cost $10. Ages 21+ with ID. 305-995-5050; whiteroommiami.com