Though I just returned to L.A. from Austin, Texas after a week working SXSW Interactive with the top players in tech and social media, it doesn't mean I'm not rocking SXSW Music in spirit. When I found out that my early return home meant I'd be missing hip hop acts like Yak Ballz, Kosha Dillz and Cage, I admit I considered “missing my flight.” But duty called back at the office so instead of going rogue I asked a few of the guys to send me photos and updates from the road as they made their way through the festival.

New York-based Ballz and New Jersey-based Dillz have been keeping fans updated on their tour adventures via Twitter (@yakballz and @koshadillz, respectively) and – after a trip that included a root canal, running out of gas, and a stop in a little town called Truth and Consequences in New Mexico – it appears the duo have finally arrived in Texas. I received this e-mail update from Dillz tonight. Enjoy, and if you're in Austin then check their show tomorrow, March 19, at Back Alley Social (303 W 5th St, set time 10:45 pm).

SXSW notes from the road, courtesy of Kosha Dillz:

After 12 hours of driving , 2 texas steakhouses and countless chvron gas stations.tHis isthe midnight sxsw face of yak ballz

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

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