Radio celeb DJ Revolution drops hip hop of every stripe; the Poor Righteous Teachers bring their vaunted conscious beats

As a vital part of the internationally syndicated hip hop radio program The Wake-Up Show (airing on KMEL-FM [106.1] on Saturday nights from 10 to midnight), DJ Revolution is one of an elite group of radio mix DJs with global recognition and respect. His record collection is second to none, and with good reason: People everywhere depend on him to break artists to the mainstream. And his radio experience is good training for club settings, as he knows how to switch up the sounds, blending the new with the familiar, building energy quickly for short attention spans on the dance floor. Fellow SoCal DJs Haul and Mason open up this night of smoking hip hop and funk as local collective Massive Selector presents "Quality" on Friday, May 27, at Mighty; call 626-7001 or visit for more info.

The Poor Righteous Teachers' last album, 2001's independently released Losing My Religion, went almost unnoticed. But the New Jersey trio of MCs Wise Intelligent and Culture Freedom and producer/DJ Father Shaheed had a more prominent place in the hip hop scene in the '90s when they joined like-minded groups such as Brand Nubian in expressing conscious music from the standpoint of the Five Percent Nation, an African-American social/religious movement inspired by the teachings of Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam. No new PRT album has been announced as of yet, though Wise Intelligent will soon drop a solo record, Wise Intelligent Is the Talented Timothy Taylor. So this may be a chance to see if the guys have been tinkering with any secret material. Coolie High (featuring Mark Spitz and Maestro Black) and DJs Jah Yzer, Shortkut, Smoky, Mr. E, and Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist are also on the bill, rocking the funky joint on Friday, May 27, at Club Six; call 863-1221 or go to for more info.

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