My, what big beats you have: Slick Rick, the Mad Professor, and the DJ who brought us "Me So Horny."

The men of 2 Live Crew were undeniable pioneers in Dirty South hip hop, but the group has West Coast roots, too. Before moving to Miami and joining forces with future freedom-of-speech fighter/bootyologist Luther Campbell (aka Uncle Luke), DJ/producer Mr. Mixx (David Hobbs) co-founded the group in California with rapper Fresh Kid Ice (Chris Wongwon) and put out one record (1985's pre-punani single "Revelation"); classics like "Me So Horny" and "Hoochie Mama" followed until the group's ultimate dissolution. Today, most of the original members of the Crew seem to have made up after years of acrimony and changing lineups; Mixx even produced tracks for Uncle Luke's long-promised new album, which will accompany the release of a superraunchy "tell-most" book. (The short excerpt we read talked about a woman and a dog. Nuff said.) Lately, Mixx has been holed up making music and memories at one of his favorite places on Earth, the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Carson City, Nev. His forthcoming album, VGNL Minded, will include a DVD with footage of this recording process. Mr. Mixx will DJ in San Francisco on Friday, Jan. 20, at the DNA Lounge (call 626-1409 or visit www.dnalounge.com) alongside some of the hottest DJs in the Yay Area: Shortkut and Apollo of the Triple Threat DJs, Oakland Faders' Spair and Platurn, Jah Yzer, and Fran Boogie. And, perhaps best of all, there's going to be a booty-shaking contest with a $100 prize. Sorry fellas, ladies only; e-mail lu_onthecorner@yahoo.com in advance to enter.


Most of this generation's great hip hop personalities would be far less charismatic were it not for the influence of Slick Rick , the U.K.-born, N.Y.-bred master showman of the East Coast hustle. From Snoop Dogg to OutKast, the Wu-Tang Clan to Nas (who have all collaborated with and admired Rick), an era's worth of swagger and shine can be traced in large part back to one man. Though he's responsible for timeless rap anthems like "Children's Story," Slick Rick is more than just a hit-maker; he's a hip hop icon. Go on and sport your finest gold chains at this rare appearance -- you won't be out of place. DJ Stress and Kevvy Kev from Stanford's KZSU will get the ladi dadi, we like to party started when Slick Rick performs on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Mezzanine; call 625-8880 or visit www.mezzaninesf.com for more info.


"Dub Mission" is serious about its moniker, and on Sunday, Jan. 22, the S.F. club mainstay welcomes the U.K.'s leading electronic dub specialist to its home at the Elbo Room: Mad Professor . Since the '80s, the London gent born Neil Fraser has amassed a large discography of original productions and remixes and is one of the premier artists of the dub and electronica worlds. He's made international hits for Pato Banton and with U-Roy, yet has also remixed Sade and the Orb. But one of the true highlights of Mad Professor's career is 1996's No Protection, his remix-album version of the Massive Attack gem Protection. Like a seasoned pro, Mad Professor has lately devoted his energy to nurturing the careers of other artists through his wizened record label, Ariwa Sounds. This installment of "Dub Mission" will feature a performance by one such young talent, Aisha (aka the High Priestess), who will lay down vocals while the Professor throws the sound around the room. Resident DJ Sep completes the night, making it a true "Dub Mission" indeed; call 552-7788 or visit www.elbo.com for more info.

 
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