Height With Friends: Not Freakishly Tall, Not Quite Hip-Hop

Baltimore MC Height (known by his mother as Dan Keech) got his start rapping with Wounds and Dogg and Pony and Keech's first solo show was opening for Animal Collective in mid-2000. Eight years later, Keech started collaborating with other Maryland musicians, starting Height With Friends.

As part of Wham City, Keech has toured extensively with Dan Deacon, which is what brings him to the Crescent Ballroom tonight.

We called and spoke to Keech about his favorite rappers, some tracks from his latest record, Rock and Roll and some of the worst jobs he's ever had. I also questioned how hip hop Rock and Roll really is, not because I'm sort of definitive authority on the genre, but because it struck a different chord than some of Height's earlier stuff, like "Jackson Whites." Keech was cordial and gave some great insight, but enough about that.

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Troy Farah is an independent journalist and documentary field producer. He has worked with VICE, Fusion, LA Weekly, Golf Digest, BNN, Tucson Weekly, and Phoenix New Times.
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