Your Weekend in Rap: DJ Skee's 'Skeetox,' Paid Dues & Kenan Bell
Whether you sport khakis and Chuck Taylors, backpacks and beanies, or flannels and designer frames, you'll find something tailored to you this weekend. One of the busiest two-day stretches in recent rap memory commences Friday night at Vanguard with DJ Skee's "Skeetox." Presented by popular KIIS FM and Sirius XM personality DJ Skee, "Skeetox" finds the nascent music mogul behind the turntables, backed by a seven-piece band and performances from Mike Posner, Cisco Adler and Ya Boy, plus undisclosed "huge big-name acts."
While Pop and Hiss has been sworn to secrecy upon threat of execution by a team of steroid-addled Ukrainian hammer throwers, those looking for hints might be well-served to scan the old Death Row discography and pick out a few of the more prominent names. In addition, rumors have swirled regarding names very familiar to those with subscriptions to The Fader. According to the news release, "Skeetox" will feature a full LED light wall and visual stage show -- "think Pink Floyd meets Nicki Minaj meets Lady Gaga." So basically, expect "The Muppet Show," but with more marijuana and rapping.
Saturday brings one of the year's premier hip-hop events in Murs 3:16 and Guerrilla Union's annual Paid Dues Festival. Boasting perhaps its finest lineup ever, the all-day festival held at San Bernardino's NOS Events Center features everyone from local luminaries Ice Cube, Murs & 9th Wonder, Tha Dogg Pound, People Under the Stairs, and Dilated Peoples; to subterranean staples Tech N9NE, Psycho Realm, Freeway & Jake One, Del The Funkyhomosapien and R.A. the Rugged Man; to up-and-comers Jay Electronica, Curren$y and Dom Kennedy. Chef Raekwon will also be in attendance cooking up something marvelous.
For those unwilling to make the trek east on Saturday, La Crescenta-raised rapper Kenan Bell is having an album release party at Spaceland for his debut record, "Until the Future." The lanky and bookish MC, who won raves for his 2008 Monday night residency at the Silverlake club, comes hyped as "hip-hop for people who know their Basquiat as well as their basketball, who are as liable to quote Langston Hughes as MC Hammer, who can party as hard to a soundtrack of Kool Moe Dee as the Offspring." Hopefully, he and his band will do a cover of "Wild Wild West."
-- Jeff Weiss