Dallas is in for a techie treat with upcoming concerts by two of hip-hop's most promising internet by-products: Childish Gambino (March 7 at South Side Ballroom) and Vic Mensa (February 1 at House of Blues). With Gambino's release of Because the Internet and Mensa's full-length solo debut, Innanetape, 2013 introduced the hip-hop world to a pair of new age MCs who were unapologetically influenced by the World Wide Web.
Both artists are genre-benders. They rap, sing, and tell multidimensional stories that shy away from your typical hip-hop narratives. But considering the Internet is a primary device of emphasis in their musical efforts, one question emerges: Who owns the internet?
That's right, you just stepped into a round for round flame war for hip-hop's digital crown. Let's log-in ringside.