Round One Winner 607What we said about his semi-final win
: It was 607's
night. The local rapper pulled out all the stops — opening with a drama mask obscuring his face, performing his “palingraph,” a rap that made sense forwards and backwards (he unfurled a large sheet with the lyrics so the audience could follow along), sampling Britney's “Toxic” and standing tall on the risers. The crowd ate it up.Why he'll win
: He's unpredictable. In the first round, he opened wearing a drama mask obscuring his face, performed a “palingraph,” a rap that made sense forwards and backwards (he unfurled a large sheet with the lyrics so the audience could follow along) and interpolated Britney's “Toxic” with one of his raps. And he's got more tricks up his sleeve.
Below, the judges commentary from round one.
All the bands were good. Unfortunately they had to battle 607. Guest judge: Zach Holland
You don't need an instrument on stage to prove that you know a thing or two about music. It just doesn't get much better than 607 referencing Brit Brit and the Sistine Chapel. Indy Grotto
607 is to Arkansas hip-hop what Winston Smith was to the proles. Razormack
Of piercing, introspective, indicting soapbox poetics, he is the undisputed laureate — and his relish for flamboyant showmanship is only gilding the lily. In Arkansas there is no better wordsmith in any genre of music than 607. Davis Clement
Hip-hop mastermind. Amazing performer. Ben Jones