What's the birth name of the slain white producer after whom Large Professor named his publishing company? What was the first Gravediggaz album supposed to be titled? How much does Foxy Brown's cocaine-stained math equation add up to on "Affirmative Action"?
If you answered any of those questions instinctively, then you probably smoke too much weed. Nevertheless, you might fare well in battle with the rap freaks and geeks at Hip-Hop Trivia night. On the other hand, if you've no clue who any of those artists are, then you still might want to throw your fitted hat in the ring next Wednesday — chances are you know way more about new-school rap than the throwback dinosaurs who've dominated past contests.
In their fourth year of operation, the Hip-Hop Trivia squad is finally taking the night (somewhat) seriously. Rather than staging sporadic biannual tournaments, the party's new producers — Dana "Daneja" Bradley and Hector "Big Hek" Solano — have been throwing jams every few months. Along with longtime hosts DJ On&On and Hilary Clare, they've kept the raw rap humor alive with categories like "Baby Mamas." There will also still be physical challenges like blunt-rolling, as well as appearances by local rap celebs. The big difference now, they hope, is that they're building an even more diverse stable of regulars who represent boom-bap through the ages.
"Hip-Hop Trivia is the one nightclub hip-hop experience where your fashion, money, or jewelry carry no weight — your knowledge of hip-hop makes you the star in the club," says On&On. "Our audience is a true reflection of hip-hop's faithful . . . young and old, all races and economic backgrounds." According to co-host Clare, you don't need to be a DJ, an expert, or a music blogger to compete. "Hip-hop Trivia is for everyone," she says. "Yeah, it's fun to play — especially the physical challenges — but it's equally fun to watch."
Hip Hop Trivia @ Good Life, 28 Kingston St, Boston :: March 6 :: Sign-up at 7:30 pm; trivia at 8:30 pm :: No cover :: 617.451.2622 or goodlifebar.com
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