Special Pitchfork Music Festival Contributor
It was a bumping start to the heat-drenched Day 2 of Pitchfork on the Blue Stage with DJ/producer Chrissy Murderbot and MC ZULU. Dominique Rowland, who performs as MC ZULU, engaged the crowd with his smooth baritone and reggae/dancehall-influenced flow over Murderbot’s beat-laden tracks.
ZULU dropped political rhymes, coolly messing with cadence; through a bullhorn he chanted the call-to-arms “Anarchy in the neighborhood” yet filtered through that silky baritone the subversion felt a polite suggestion versus a command. Amid the socially-conscious refrains, there was also an element of whimsy, such as when ZULU invited a little boy onstage to dance and they distributed whistles and water to the crowd. He also injected a sense of humor into the mix, ending the set with a non-shout out: “I would like to thank my record label.