OG Swaggerdick

Allston Pudding & The Earthkwake present

OG Swaggerdick

Xander, Mafeni, Oompa

Mon, February 20, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

Great Scott

Allston, MA

This event is 18 and over

Rescheduled from Sun. 2/12 - all previously purchased tickets will be honored,

Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 888-929-7849. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at the Great Scott box office seven days a week 12PM-1AM, or at The Sinclair Box Office (Cambridge, MA) Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box offices are cash only.

OG Swaggerdick
OG Swaggerdick
I'm looking at the above featured image and trying to wrap my mind around the fact that OG Swaggerdick is wearing a Stone Cold Steve Austin jacket over a D-Generation X jersey. Anyone who recalls the social and political ramifications of Wrestlemania XIV knows that the epic 1998 showdown between Stone Cold and Shawn Michaels (and Mike Tyson) is the most important match in professional wrestling history, and so the juxtaposition of these polar opposites in OG's outfit is striking. Did he support Austin and Michaels in equal measure? Is the jacket over the jersey symbolic of Austin's triumph? Am I reading too deep into all of this? Perhaps, but from listening to OG's enthralling debut mixtape Game Boy Colored it's evident he's a wrestling enthusiast, plus Wrestlemania XIV did go down in Boston. So the pairing of items doesn't feel unintentional, but I don't totally get it. Then again, maybe that's sort of the point.

OG is one of a handful of up and coming Boston rappers who have united in the last two years to make up what is becoming the city's most exciting hip-hop scene in recent memory. Traditionally, Boston has been a place that subscribes to an outdated notion of what rap music is supposed to sound like—poe-faced, reductive boom-bap, indistinctive and indebted to New York. So when OG and his peers (Michael Christmas, Cousin Stizz in particular) all claim a shared love for Lil B is what brought them together, it's kind of mind-boggling. It's especially so considering how different each of their music is—theirs is an attitudinal alliance rather than a stylistic one, allowing their individuality to shine in a city that classically has defined itself in terms to New York, rather than celebrating what makes its rappers unique. Christmas's sound falls somewhere between the everyman charm of Curren$y and the technique of Earl Sweatshirt. Stizz is more of the traditional street rapper. And the 22-year-old OG Swaggerdick is, well, he's something else.

Born Marquise Jones, he grew up in Dorchester, one of the city's largest working class neighborhoods. His father worked as part of the promotions team for Benzino's rap group Made Men (Remember the guys who allegedly stabbed Paul Pierce 11 times back in 2000? His dad rolled with those guys.) He went to culinary college. There are lots of interesting parts of Marquise's life story, though none of them seem like obvious indicators as to how he became the outlandish personality that I encounter at his Game Boy Colored mixtape release party —if you can even call it that.

The event takes place in a car on the MBTA's Green Line, where OG proceeds to play his mixtape out of a portable speaker and engage with after work commuters who certainly didn't sign up for any of this. Understandably, the reactions range from the amused to the annoyed. OG's public transportation shenanigans have been well documented on his incredible Vine account, which is part Johnny Knoxville part Tyler, the Creator. The train only makes it a few stops before he grows restless and takes the party to the streets, emerging from underground to an early evening downtown Boston. In the span of five minutes he gets himself thrown out of a Burger King, McDonalds, and a movie theater. These sorts of gags are nothing new for OG. As part of a teenage jerking crew, he and his friends filmed themselves running around the city playing in traffic, opening taxi doors and engaging in general misbehavior. None of it's WorldStar level deviance, but at times it rides the line between good clean fun and poor taste.
Xander
Xander
Rapper/Songwriter/Producer
Mafeni
Mafeni
be nice to your parents
Oompa
Venue Information:
Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, MA, 02134
http://www.greatscottboston.com/