If there's one thing sure to anger a reactionary in south florida, it is the influx of young black folks to south beach that goes down every memorial day weekend. But thanks to Black Beach Week's expansion - the breed of white flighters who sport "will the last american to leave miami please take the flag?" bumper stickers and wouldn't dare step into Miami-Dade this weekend aren't safe from bass, beats and rhymes on the north side of the county line.
Tonight, hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa spins his renegade funk at Revolution in downtown Fort Lauderdale. While it is being billed as a "breakbeat" set - there's enough funk in Bambaataa's trunk when he lays down his hit "Planet Rock" to summon his entire Zulu Nation and school the world in the five elements of hip hop.
Also getting funky tonight in Fort Lauderdale is underground MC Murs. While Murs is known as a member of the groups Living Legends and Felt ( a collaboration with Atmosphere's Slug) and as a collaborator with everyone from Humpty Hump of Digital Underground to 9th Wonder and Terrace Martin- as a solo artist he has been kicking mainstream rap in the teeth for over a decade.
It's quite an embarassment of riches for the hip hop head tonight. To party old school with Bambaataa or bang it out 21st century style with Murs? The choice us yours.