An upbeat, breezy Germantown hip-hop trio puts on a tremendous live show.
So WrittenHouse had a mission from the start: no CDs. No pauses. They’d mix their J Dilla/DJ Premier beats live like a band—Conway pounding out the beats on the drum pads and samples of his MPC 1000 and Kush tapping out keyboard lines and samples on his Yamaha Motif 6.
Before Conway joined the group, the guys, under a different name, played free shows every Sunday night for four months at the Fishtown venue the Fire, tightening any loose screws and developing a very “hittin’ hittin’ hittin’” workmanlike set that eventually attracted Conway into the fold.
“It didn’t matter if there were two people there or 200, we put on an energetic show,” says Kush. “And it was never 200 back then, by the way.”
Now, with opening slots for Wu Tang Clan and Dres from Black Sheep, it’s seldom less than 200. WrittenHouse is slotted for a noontime start at the Roots Picnic this Saturday.
“DO BETTER,” and get there early. ■
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