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Local Listen: Blk Flanl


Blk Flanl is what happens when rapper Barrel Maker — that's Morgan Cooper — meets producer Conductor Williams, née Denzel Williams. The two may be familiar, not just to fans of local rap, because they've immersed themselves in the community. Cooper makes his living as a cinematographer, and Williams helped coach track at North Kansas City High School. In BlkFlanl, they tackle contemporary social issues with smart lyrics and bold beats, all served with a healthy dose of soul samples, and jazz- and R&B-inspired horns.

Blk Flanl will perform at the Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6. The show is part of Ink's Middle of the Map Fest. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

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