The blue-blooded Blowfly, the multialiased MF Doom, and the lyrically infallible Casual

Years before 2 Live Crew got as nasty as they wanted to be and Kool Keith started regaling fans with tales of interstellar ass-crack spelunking, Miami-based filthy funk maestro Blowfly was fending off obscenity charges and getting his X-rated albums pulled from record store shelves. The freaky masked alter ego of established R&B songwriter/producer Clarence Reid, Blowfly balanced scatological song parodies like “Shitting on the Dock of the Bay” and “Spermy Night in Georgia” with original odes to probing every orifice on his seminal '70s party records. Along with fellow foulmouthed funnyman Rudy Ray Moore (aka Dolemite), Blowfly became a heavily sampled favorite among hip hop producers looking to pay homage to the ribald proto-rap legend. Though members of like-minded lascivious funkateers the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone backed the singer on various tours during the '90s, Blowfly didn't release a full album of new material or even have a proper band for the better part of a decade, until journalist/drummer Tom Bowker offered to put a group together during an interview in 2003. Find out why Blowfly remains the costumed king of porno soul when he plays songs from last year's Alternative Tentacles release, Fahrenheit 69, along with his classic hits on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Bottom of the Hill; call 621-4455 or visit for more info. — Dave Pehling

For most of the '90s, multialiased rapper Daniel Dumile was a ghost, having dropped off the map in 1993 after the accidental death of his younger brother and the subsequent collapse of the pair's former group, major-label hopeful KMD. When, in the latter part of that decade, Dumile started showing up at poetry slams wearing a stocking on his face, no one knew it was the same MC whose debut had been as a bit player on 3rd Base's legendary “The Gas Face.” Reveling in this mystery, Dumile reinvented himself as the metal-masked rapper/villain MF Doom . The resulting critical acclaim for releases like Operation: Doomsday and Vaudeville Villain (recorded as Viktor Vaughan) was deafening, and today Dumile, Doom, or whatever you want to call him is one of the most in-demand MCs in underground hip hop, having worked with A-list producers like Madlib and, most recently, Danger Mouse, for the collaborative effort The Mouse and the Mask. Dumile owes this success to his winning flow, a stoney drawl that belies the delectable and often comical wordplay of his rhymes: “Givin' y'all nothing but the lick like two broads/ Got more lyrics than the church got Ooh Lords.'” Catch these and other witticisms when MF Doom performs on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 8-9, at the Independent; call 771-1421 or visit for more info.— Garrett Kamps

Local rapper Casual has been making noise with his recently released album Smash Rockwell. The title is apt, seeing as how most MCs would rather come down with laryngitis than battle Casual, who has earned a reputation for being lyrically infallible in the decade-plus that he and his fellow artists in Oakland's Hieroglyphics crew have been representing the Bay Area. The biggest anthem off Rockwell is undoubtedly “Oaktown” (performed with the help of OGs Richie Rich and Too $hort and young hustlers EMac and G Stack), the chorus of which evokes local pride dating back to East Bay schoolyards. While Casual will undoubtedly be showcasing his latest tracks this Saturday, don't be surprised to hear a sampling of a long career's worth of jams, or see surprise guests on hand to assist. North Bay hip-hoppers Distant Relatives and Fresh Boogie share the bill with Casual as he rocks well on Dec. 10 at the Bottom of the Hill; call 621-4455 or visit for more info.— Tamara Palmer

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