Making it right

By JON GARELICK  |  May 5, 2009

On Saturday, DJ Jubilee and 5th Ward Weebie in their separate shows went even deeper old-school: shout-outs to wards and high schools interspersed with dance instructions: "Drive with it. . . . Walk it. . . . Back it up." Even Jubilee's name ramped the long-short rhythms: "GO Jubilee! GO Jubilee! GO Jubilee!" He bragged about his 27 years of performance. This was his 780th show, and what's more, "I'm the only one in the city can get these guys to put down their guns." When I asked a 25-year-old white woman and three black women in their 30s about Jubilee, their answers were all the same: "We grew up with him." Then one of the black women — resplendent in her halter top and permed 'do — looked up at me through her big shades and said, "It's deep." Meanwhile, Jubilee — in real life a special-ed teacher — was up on stage, still thin and handsome, working hard, making it right.

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