SXSW 2010: G-Side, Live In Concert Hailing from Huntsville, Ala., G-Side is a rap duo that rhymes about the experience of living in a midsize city in the American south. The group performed as part of NPR Music's daytime party in Austin, Texas, on March 18.

SXSW 2010: G-Side, Live In Concert

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Photo Gallery: G-Side Live From The Parish SXSW 2010

Set List

  • Huntsville International
  • Youth Of The Ghetto
  • In The Rain
  • Who's Hood
  • My Aura
  • Rising Sun
  • Speed Of Sound
  • So Wonderful

Backstage, in The Parish's Green Room, one of the members of G-Side asked another, "you nervous?" — the other slowly shook his head, saying, "no." The rap duo really grabbed hold of the audience at our SXSW day party, with everyone in the crowd waving their arms overhead. They show was dedicated to raise awareness of two school shootings in their hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, with the theme of the half-hour performance "Huntsville International". The bass in the venue made the whole bar and every piece of furniture in it rattle and rumble, like a great, historic earthquake. Producer Robin Hilton said he couldn't help but get goosebumps that afternoon.

Huntsville, Ala., is known as "The Rocket City," and for its close ties to the development of the U.S. space program since the early 1960s. Recently, though, the city has also begun to attract attention for its burgeoning hip-hop scene. At its forefront sits G-Side, the rap duo of Clova and ST 2 Lettaz. Growing up in the small town of Athens, located just outside Huntsville, the pair relocated to the city and began working with the production team Block Beataz, which has made beats for many of Huntsville's best.

In 2007, G-Side released its debut album, Sumthin 2 Hate. Its follow-up, Starshipz and Rocketz — along with the Diplo-helmed, Huntsville-themed Fear and Loathing in Huntsvegas mixtape — gained the pair its first taste of media attention. G-Side's latest release, The Huntsville International Project, represents an effort to capture the lives of those living in the city who aren't involved in its most famous industry.

With Clova and ST 2 Lettaz's laid-back rhymes and stripped-down beats, G-Side has been building a fan base up and down the East Coast and into Europe.