Friday, January 27, 2006

Rap and Rock-What a Combination

I saw a performance at The Complex last night. The opening act was the Iron Mic Coalition. ( Their album is available on, at Tower Records in Memphis, or at the Center for Southern Folklore in Memphis. They are a very talented hip-hop collective in the Memphis area. They were great! They did "B-Boy Stance", which is a great song. They did Jason Harris' song, "Size 13s", and they did a solo song by Atiba aka Duke, who is also in the group MOS. Jason Harris also did a song from his upcoming solo album "Da Hater". I was chilling backstage with them before the show, telling Quinn of Fyte Club and IMC that we were using their song "Angels" in What Goes Around ( They were glad to hear it, and we chilled out and had a rhyme freestyle session. I had an uncharacteristic bout of shyness, but Quinn and Duke rocked it. The next act was Plan B. Let's see, what can I say about Plan B. I guess you could call it "crunk" music. Like, the music that's ALWAYS played on Black radio. Yay. Then, after him, Latoya Baker-Smith (Just the Two of Us) and her band Closed Kaption rocked the house. They performed Incubus' "Wish You Were Here", a Nirvana tune, other covers, and three original songs. My favorite of the originals is "Let a Wind Come". Incidentally, if you go to the music section of (I see you, girl), you can hear "Let a Wind Come". I was proud of both acts. Seeing my friends rock the stage inspires me to rock in my own way, whether poetry, acting, or maybe hip-hop (gimme a minute, it'll come out). I also ran into my partner J'Malo Torrie (, who is an activist and a brilliant spoken-word poet. as well as singer/hairdresser Phucha. It was cool to see people and chill. I feel recharged. Gotta get back on the grind and chase the dreams. Be easy, readers.


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