Dre Day 2014

Don't let something like the still-delayed status of Detox throw you: Dr. Dre still looms large in the hip-hop world, not just as a mogul but as a recurring presence who can still lend an air of elevated status to whoever he deems worthy of it. (Consider this: his highest-profile beat in the last few years was Kendrick Lamar's "Compton", off the instant-classic good kid, m.A.A.d city.) Burlesque of North America's long-running Dre Day birthday celebration has typically been a reverent if eclcectic tribute to one of g-funk's preeminent architects, and this dozenth edition -- the last of Andre Young's 40-something years -- will have plenty to celebrate. DJ sets from King Otto, Mike 2600, and Get Cryphy's Plain Ole Bill & Last Word supply the hits, stretching from that aforementioned Lamar cut all the way back to Dre's origins in World Class Wreckin' Cru. Announced live performances feature a trio of local luminary MCs: Los Nativos vet Felipe Cuauhtli, GRRRL PARTY's' Machita, and the still-rising MaLLy, whose Last Word-produced The Colors of Black is one of this year's most-anticipated Twin Cities hip-hop albums. Festivities also include "interactive video mayhem" from Playatta and a new edition of the Chronic-skit-inspired game show "The $20 Sack Pyramid".
Sat., Feb. 22, 9 p.m., 2014

 
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