Blackillac, a new hip-hop project featuring production and vocals from Gary Clark Jr. and bars by  Zeale and Phranchyze staged an Austin debut at Native Hostel on Tuesday night. It was only the group’s third live performance — they played two shows in Los Angeles over the NBA All-Star weekend — but there were no opening day jitters for the artists who have been friends since they attended Austin High School together years ago. Instead, the evening felt like a triumphant reunion.

(l to r) Phranchyze, Zeale and Gary Clark Jr. are Blackillac. Tamir Kalifa/For American-Statesman

“We  had to go where the devil gets his due, and play in L.A. first ,but we knew we had to get back and do it for the homies and for the fans,” Zeale told an intimate crowd at a private party hosted by Stolen Spirits. 

They played a tight, roughly 40-minute, set and the homies and fans lounging on plush couches arranged around a listening room stage area were all about it. Stylistically, the group covered a broad swath of territory, playing a mix of soulful love jams with catchy hooks, bass heavy club bangers and “blaze one in the air” stoner rallying cries.

Blackillac, the new project from @GaryClarkJr, @ZEALE and @Phranchyze was