Though this performance commemorates its 20-year existence, Black Moon’s canonical boom-bap rap album, Enta Da Stage, shouldn’t be regarded as a reliquary for the dry bones of styles bygone. Producers Da Beatminerz assembled the original 14 tracks like verdant terrariums, each with a micro-architecture of soiled grooves and tendrilous jazz loops, to be fully inhabited by the group’s antic MCs, Buckshot Shorty and 5 ft. The live backing band should ably air out the original recordings’ sometimes suffocating dankness. Co-headliner Talib Kweli’s latest release, Prisoner of Conscious, alludes to a less inspired generic confinement.
Wed., Oct. 16, 8 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 9, 2013