Release Your Inner Child
It's underappreciated. It's landmark. It's simply brilliant.
Basehead's 1992 hip-hop gem Play with Toys is one of those records that, if you've actually heard it, probably ranks close to the top of your list of all-time favorites. Michael Ivey's oddball lyrics involving everything from world affairs, to heavy drinking, to the perils of breaking up with your girlfriend while "The Quiet Storm" is playing on the radio -- all delivered through a fluidly droning voice that sounds a little like Q-Tip gargling bong water -- is just mesmerizing from start to finish.
And the good news?
You can hear the entire album from start to finish -- tonight at the Mercury Lounge. That's where Basehead comes together once again to perform Play with Toys.
Show's scheduled for 6:30PM. Tickets are $10.
The Mercury Lounge 217 E. Houston St. (Corner Ave. A & Houston) New York, NY 212–260–4700
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