Find us another local hip-hop group with a mayoral sanction, and we'll eat this nasty old Twins hat with mustard. Our local scene is a dense ecosystem in every respect—the species are many, and life cycles are short thanks to overcrowding and occasional predation. But when Heiruspecs hit their diamond anniversary and released 10 Years Strong to celebrate, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman took time out of his busy day dedicating phone booths and public restrooms to declare December 22 Heiruspecs Day. That's hard-won and exotic kudos for a crew that brazenly bucked 20 years of hip-hop tradition. Not content with two turntables to supply every note and every boom-bip, Heiruspecs went all the way live, strings and all. Live-band hip hop is a rare beast to this day, and Heiruspecs are a note-perfect how-to guide for bringing it off. Sense of humor? Impeccable chops? All-Madden caliber flows? Check, check, and check. With Ill Chemistry, Minneapolis Dub Ensemble, and DJ Bill Caperton. All ages.
Sat., Dec. 26, 2009