In the long and gloriously dysfunctional histories of punk rock and underground hip-hop, two general principles have always held true. Number One: If you gotta do something — book a tour, release an album, break outta jail, etc. — do it yourself. And Number Two: If somebody calls the cops, you can rest assured you have rocked righteously. This past spring, I caught an exceptionally raucous performance by Philly hip-hop collective Cult Fortified at the old Rockers Closet Thrift Store (I hear the new RC store will be opening Sept. 1 at 1228 South St.) and the group lived up to both maxims. Mr. CrimSun, Randy Royale, Emerald Odyss and Big Willy Styles straight smashed the room with mad energy, cosmic-sloppy beats and bizarro, polysyllabic bars. I just copped Emerald’s new mixtape, Steez Buscemi 2: Back with a Vengeance and it’s pretty much the flyest, most avant-illest thing out right now. Everyone in the crew has solo projects lined up, and the new stuff I’ve heard is crazy off the wall. Go to cultfortified.bandcamp.com.
Just in time for the first week of school, Glocawear Radio Show (from pcradiolive.com) presents The End of Summer Hip-Hop Explosion featuring Gillie Da Kid, Jakk Frost, DMD and Philly’s own DJ Too Tuff spinning live. Bring your kids! Nah, I’m joking. Why would you bring your kids to a bar? Besides, these dudes make grown-up, “don’t let me catch you in the street after midnight” music, so yeah. It’s going down. Fri., Sept. 6, The M Room.
Hip-hop legends paying homage to the King of Pop? Yup. Stacey “flygirrl” Wilson and GL Productions present Philly Loves MJ: A Tribute to Michael Jackson. DJ Cash Money, former EPMD DJ Scratch and Mike Nyce will be on the wheels. Sat., Sept. 7, Kung Fu Necktie.
On a closing note, I wanna give a big shout-out to the PSA crew for putting on an amazing show with The Legendary Last Poets earlier this month. On Sept. 26, rap revolutionaries Dead Prez will rock the Blockley for the second installment of the PSA concert series.
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