A promising launch for Res and Kweli’s Warship
The baseball caps began bobbing almost as soon as the young white rapper Nokside started his short set downstairs at the Middle East on Wednesday. The fourth act in a long hip-hop bill, Nokside and his two fellow MCs - dubbed Cape Cod Massive for the evening - precisely delivered clipped and conscientious rhymes over serviceable beats. In short, they sounded decent; they flowed. The problem is going from decent to distinctive, of making hip-hop “flow’’ something other than formulaic.