Stetsasonic's two seminal records On Fire and In Full Gear landed in 1986 and 1988 as hip-hop was transitioning from the TR-808 boom-thwack to SP-1200 tikka-tikka. But "the original hip-hop band" always had a sound that transcended gear. Combining samples and live instruments, mixing rock, jazz, and go-go, they always sounded lush, complex, busy, louder, and funkier than the competition. Tonight, they reunite with the full original lineup for the first time since who-knows-when. They'll be joined by African true-schoolers Zimbabwe Legit, who were maybe the most coulda-been-classic group ever to be shelved in the '90s, as well as YZ, whose 1989 single "Thinking of a Master Plan" is a slab of pro-Black radical funk adored by hip-hop purists. Also: the "World's Fastest Rapper" competition hosted by Jalil and Ecstasy of Whodini! With People Under the Stairs, Mike G. & Sammie B of Jungle Brothers, Cadence, and DJ Babu. Hosted by Just Ice.
Sat., Oct. 25, 7 p.m., 2008