Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week
On the surface, it seems that the Baltimore-spawned and Philadelphia-based duo Spank Rock has provided hipsters a way to mold hip-hop into their own image. As part of a movement pushed by DJs like Diplo, Spank Rock has helped bring the repetitive, catchy and occasionally profane sounds of Baltimore club music to a wider audience. When removed from its original context, the music's culture is irresistably ironic -- PBR at a hip-hop show? Sure! For everyone who has never read the Fader magazine and can't be concerned with the social ramifications of odd cross-cultural pollination, Spank Rock does some pretty interesting stuff. Sometimes it's cartoonishly gutter, like a new take on 2 Live Crew. Sometimes it's retro-futuristic b-boy stripper music. It crafts recognizable influences into something original, and isn't that what hip-hop is all about? Joining Spank Rock on the Black Cat stage Friday night is Monster Maker, the newest project from producer DJ Sharkey that features New York's C-Rayz Walz and Washington's Kokayi pulling lyrical and vocal duty. Head across town afterwards to catch Sharkey spinning at the Rock and Roll Hotel.
Posted by: Idea | October 27, 2006 6:26 AM | Report abuse
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