Their opposing paths meet at this year's Hard Truth Soldiers tour, which also includes T-K.A.S.H., Planet Asia, Kam, Conscious Daughters, and a veritable infantry of other socially aware rappers on Saturday, May 2,at 10 p.m., $15-$25; 625-8880, www.mezzaninesf.com.
In all of hip-hop, is there a steadier hand than Pete Rock's? After 20-plus years as a DJ, producer, and MC who has worked with the cream of alt-rap's crop, the Bronx legend has yet to lob a misfire. He's even managed to produce the most enduring example of the much-derided "jazz-rap" genre (1992's "They Reminisce Over You," with CL Smooth). At the other end of the cred spectrum, there's hometown hero Paris, who has squandered a blisteringly fierce flow on a series of once-urgent (Sleeping with the Enemy, also '92) but increasingly dumbed-down agitprop (9/11 conspiracy theories, anyone?).