Hip-hop heads rejoice! A few shows announced this weekend means things are looking up for rap fans over the next couple months:
–On Feb. 12, West Coast icon and breakout star of the Hieroglyphics crew Del The Funky Homosapien will return to Bend. Openers include Bukue One, who really impressed me the one time I saw him. Details on the show are here. In other Del news, one of the only CDs I’ve ever lost was a copy of his solo debut “I Wish My Brother George Was Here.” I think my brother Adam swiped it.
–L.A.-based alt-hip-hop motormouth Busdriver returns to town on Feb. 13 for a show at MadHappy Lounge. Last time dude was here, he opened for The Greyboy Allstars at Domino Room, but this will be a much more intimate, much cheaper (probably free) show. All you Mosley Wotta fans should not sleep on this one. I have one Busdriver album — 2007′s “Roadkill Overcoat” — and it is a funky, psychedelic trip around the left-of-center hip-hop planet.
–Put a big circle around March 27 on your calendar, because that’s when rap legend (and cousin of Del, coincidentally) Ice Cube comes to the Midtown Ballroom. Cube is inarguably one of the most important and influential figures in the history of the genre, thanks to his powerful work with N.W.A. and as a solo artist. (This is one of my favorite beats ever.) Plus he was in “Boyz n the Hood.” Of course, his music career is past its prime and these days, I mostly think of him as the multimedia mogul who’s always on TV telling me that TBS is “very funny.” Still … it’s Ice Cube. Looking forward to this one. Find more details on the show here.