Michael Hannah is a rarity, an artist with a positive message and the conviction to follow through on it. An MC with a smooth flow, Hannah has long since eliminated all curse words from his rhymes, which lay out a credo of peace and social activism informed by, though not limited to, his religious beliefs. If his message of hope seems grandiose, then equally important for Hannah, who recently switched from the moniker Young Son to the more appropriate Mike Dreams, is a deep-seated faith in himself and a determination to make it big. Nowhere is this more apparent than on "We're Goin' Worldwide," one of the singles from Dreamer's Poetry, the record he's releasing tonight. Dreams name-checks Chris Brown and OutKast before asserting his own inevitable successes: "I'm still dreaming/But I know it's gonna happen/Success on deck like a patio." A little ambition never hurts, even for the humblest of visionaries. With Max Haben, Ashley Dubose, Mally, DJ Advance, and Cameron Mann. Hosted by Toki Wright. 18+.
Wed., Feb. 10, 8 p.m., 2010