A good rap night ain't nothin' to fuck with. I mean, twerking is pretty much dead, thanks to Miley Cyrus' embarrassing popping skills, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't dip it low on a dance floor to positively twerkable tunes. If you're ready to move past that awful Miley VMA performance and rebuild your rap-loving life, here are a few nights to check out:
Bar Dynamite (1808 W. Washington St. in Mission Hills) knows how to put on a good Saturday-night party. Resident DJs Beatnick and Definition play a mix of songs that get even the most Tag Team-loving rap novice bumping his or her head. Think new rap from the likes of Drake and Kendrick Lamar mixed with classic hits from Biggie and Jay-Z. The DJs even throw in some dancehall, club bangers and R&B to get the vibe flowing. Get your freak on Saturday, Sept. 7. This isn't a sweatpants party, though, dudes. Wear something your mom ironed.
While not traditionally rap, Skrapez's brand of experimental, electronic sounds make the duo a favorite in the local beat scene. The group, made up of DJs Psychopop and Tenshun, have shared a stage with rappers like Orko Eloheim and frequently hit the turntables at Tower Bar's Hip-Hop vs. Punk Rock night, maybe because their beats have a certain punk sensibility. Check them out at Kava Lounge (2812 Kettner Blvd. in Middletown) on Sunday, Sept. 8. They'll be joined by DJ Pound, Collagy and Dayfade. According to the flier, "panty rippaz" will be $5 that night. I assume that's an alcoholic beverage, but, just in case, you'd better hide your Lincolns and wear sturdy undies.
Whistle Stop Bar (2236 Fern St. in South Park) has been delighting rap lovers with nights like Booty Bassment and Diamond in the Back. The bar now brings Wu-Tang Wednesday to its lineup starting Sept. 11. DJ Cros One and special guests will play jams by Wu-Tang and other rap icons every second Wednesday of the month. Better bring a sweat rag.