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A promising launch for Res and Kweli’s Warship

By Franklin Soults
Globe Correspondent / December 9, 2011
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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.

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IDLE WARSHIP

With Endangered Speeches and Nokside

At: the Middle East, Wednesday