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The notable difference from Houston emcee Tawn P’s mixer at SF2 last Friday was that it felt more like a party than a mixer with local industry heads peaking their heads out to give the diminutive woman her well earned congrats and warm regards. Actually, it was the first mixer I’ve ever attended that involves cookies, subs & vodka. Yes, you read right – vodka can go along with cookies to bridge the gap between a sweet childhood and a sweet late night at Zake Lounge or Aztecas.

Tawn placed herself right in the middle of the clothing store known not only for its heavy wares from Rocksmith, Alias Clothing and exclusive sneakers but also the brand behind Kickback Sundays with a microphone in her hand and essentially announced herself to the world, much in the same fashion she does on her debut mixtape The Wake Up Kiss.

It’s true, G.O.O.D. Music is a heavy influence on Tawn from the tape’s opener “Good Mornin'” to the Jay-Z hijack of “Roc Boys” on “My View” where she bluntly states she’s giving you the best without taking her clothes off. Does it mean she rides for those soul sisters with head wraps? Not really because she’ll let the N-word slip from her lips when need be or even the dreaded C-word as well. That and she brings the energy to an entirely different notch ala Spinal Tap on tracks such as “Brand New” with Dante Higgins where Higgins portrays Craig Mack’s daddy to lay hands on people. You’d think a Duke fan wouldn’t be that violent but then again, you don’t know Higgins who’s standout track from his own Rhyme For Weeks discussed his Mongoose.

Also, Tawn does her fair share of singing and hearing her live it’s quite ironic. She has the voice of a gospel singer or a aphrodisiac Erykah Badu but she’s covered in tattoos and has the mentality of a male emcee. The Wake Up Kiss knows no real regional love, it’s the bastard of the South, East & West Coast and sounds like a tape that has gone through many foster homes and absorbed everything to curate one sound – part refined hip-hop, part soul & gospel.

Back to the mixer however.

While O.N.E., Doughbeezy (seriously the guy is everywhere) and others destroyed the cypher session, the main attraction was the DJ battle between Tawn’s DJ (and one of Houston’s best unknown producers) The DJ Don & Go DJ Mankind. Even though both men grew up with one another and may have taught each other a few tricks, I doubt either of them let the other know that The DJ Don had a “Pick It Up” trick under his sleeve.

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