Photo by Mia Vestergaard Andersen
I am always quite excited about going to hip-hop concerts at Atlas in Aarhus. The mood is always so intimate and down to earth. However, Marwan is quite a renown rapper in these parts and is highly respected due to his talent, where he is from and where he is now.
The place was already buzzing with expectation and pumped up fans when Marwan stepped into the roar of the crowd. The venue was not too packed, but the turn up clearly satisfied the artist, and the audience, as there was enough space to move from the stage and to the bar when needed.
Marwan kicked off his show with Butterbombay, to which the whole audience clearly knew the words: ”Hvis du fucker med mig, er der lussinger!” and people at the front knew the entire song by heart. In a sea of aggressively bouncing hands, Marwan says: ”We are back, and you are back, and it’s really awesome to see you!” and with that, he went straight to playing two tracks from his new EP (out next week). And even though there were new songs, they were well received by the crowd.
Marwan pleased us with some of his older songs “Selvgjort velgjort”, “Min Blok” and “Hva så”, which clearly parted the long-term fans from the newer ones. The hardcore fans went absolutely nuts, screaming the lyrics, jumping up and down and it was a lot of fun whether you were a part of it or not.
Marwan is able to do something very special when he is performing. The rhythm of his breath when pushing out words through his lips creates a very unique flow – almost as if he is consciously holding back his breath to release even more pressure on the next vocal. And then there’s his extremely deep and raw voice that roars across the room and directly into the chest of each person standing in the room. Effortlessly, he is able to make us feel the bass of his beats, only by using his raw voice. Dark and viscous.
I did not take note of every song from this night, ‘cause I was simply too busy enjoying myself… and Marwan for that matter. He always seizes to impress me. And it’s not like I’m listening to his music in my living room at all times. Not at all. In fact, that rarely happens. But live he is an amazing performer, who always knows how to interact with his crowd. Hometown or not.
He ended the show with “Århus V Veteran”, his newest single with L.O.C., and a repetition of “Min Blok” on the request of his 8210-audience. An impressing night in the name of Marwan’s hometown zip code.
Marwin managed to - as always - impress the audience, and this writer, at Atlas. On a night where both old hits and songs from the forthcoming EP (out next week), and his impressing way of performing, had the audience and the venue buzzing with hip-hop fever. (5/6)