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Dallas & Houston aren’t at odds with one another musically. Not the youth movement that currently influxes both cities at the moment. Houston has their artists, those who seemingly climb atop one another for performance slots and fight to reach a certain precipice, same for Dallas. Houston has its club risers such as Mr. Wired Up, BeatKing and more. Dallas? Almost an army of artists, none possibly more appreciated that Yung Nation for their particular approach.

Friday night, the high top rocking duo from D-Town headlined a show at Warehouse Live where its undercard felt much like a Stalley show less than three weeks ago. Not to say Yung Nation and Stalley are one in the same but because YN riles up the emotion of the youth like a flame to a powder keg. You know what you’re getting from them, astute energy.

They bounced around, floated on stage with a command that matched their “movie” like appearance back in their hometown a few weeks ago, clearly showing that it doesn’t matter what area they slide through – Yung Nation has total command of the crowd and their growing collection of material from their most All Freestyles release and them some. B.Reed & Lil Faime, if they never pull through on a national level (which will more than likely happen), could eat off of Texas alone and still sit like I-45 Kings.

With a cavalcade of hungry artists and time allotment, you tend to miss a few good ones here and there. I missed the Headwreckas’ tornado of energy DoubleBe. He’s not a master of going ham and “turning up” for nothing. That sort of feeling also plays heavy into Lil Jeff, whose KP & Envyi sampling “Swangaz On Da Highway” speaks directly to fans of traditional Texas rap. Plus, it also makes me think that somebody is going to rip through the So So Def bass era and sample “My Boo” for “My Screw”. Jeff, engaging as he is then invited most of the crowd up to perform. Confusion abound, it sort of makes you think that it was part open mic night, part “and friends” style show.

Mind you, there’s not a strip club in Houston that Mr. Wired Up & Sherro haven’t had a track played in. The appeal translates easily into a live performance where you don’t get shake dancers around. A healthy mix of club bangers and stripper anthems played right into the youthful crowd’s hands. They want to dance, they want to move and twerk … and so did I for a minute. I’m not sure what a “Disco Danny” is, but if I still had good knees I would’ve been attempting to copy the gyrating dance that apparently accompanies the song. It was that damn catchy.

Noteworthy Artists (In 140 Characters Or Less): Milo kills any show that I see him at. Carry on. Punchline King uses the stealth of Batman to sneak in, deliver a carefully placed freestyle, then blend back into the crowd. Love it. Any rapper named Country Rap Tunes is not making any qualms about what he does. Sadly, he also fell victim to the infamous mic disruption that remains an annoying part of this venue; I’ll have to catch him under better circumstances.