(Win a pair of tickets to this show. Look at end of the post for details)
Posted by Sara Moskovitz
Survival of the Illest Tour with Slick Rick, Rahzel, The Beatnuts
Rahzel Iron Man
80's babies beware: This could be one of the livest hip hop shows to embrace a Portland stage 2009 has witnessed. In a well-rounded representation of the golden era — that brief but saturated and glorious time in hip hop's infancy when emcees told bed-time stories, could simultaneously beat box a song's melody and chorus and a group could maintain unity past their initial 15 minutes of fame — the Survival of the Illest tour hits the cavernous Roseland stage this Friday representing three out of five New York's boroughs, grimy lyrical tactics and neck cracking beats.
Sponsored in part by PDX Hip Hop, Rockstar energy drink, Lunatik clothing, non-profits SEI (Self Enhancement Incorporated) and the Oregon Food Bank, the tour enters the ring with a 3-round K.O. promise, showcasing English-accented (the country, not the language), bling and eye patch donning Slick Rick (fingers are crossed he performs Ricky classics like "La Di Da Di" and "Children's Story"), master of impressive throat noise techniques Rahzel (fingers are crossed that he covers Aaliyah's "If Your Mother Only Knew") and South America's most wanted duo JuJu and Psycho Les as The Beatnuts (here's to their sing-a-longs "No Escaping This" and "Off the Books").
The concert will also make space for the following featured artists:
Dime Piece | Eye popping profile photographs and city scenery. Look out for her show shots, which will be taken live during the concert.
Tayze318 | Wild Style early era hip hop graffiti pieces (spray paint murals where a word or image is surrounded by an elaborate decorative frame) and detailed drawings that are Warhol-esque with a heavier urban edge.
Marshall | Intricate drawings of radio rap focal points like Lil' Wayne and curvy Chicano chicas poised against low riders.
Mo | Color drenched abstract paintings of gritty city shots and solemn human moments.
Friday, July 24th. The Roseland, 8 NW 6th Ave, 224-2038. All ages, 21+. 7:30pm. $25.
Win TICKETS: We have a pair of tickets to give away for this show. Comment on this post with why you would like to go. We do a drawing on Friday @ noon and email the winner. If you haven't gotten an email by 2PM, then you have not won.
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