I am genuinely excited about my upcoming show on Fri., March 7 at the Local 662 in St. Petersburg. You would believe me if I told you it was because T-Quest and the Boyz Wit Da Bass along with Da Beav and I are opening for 2 Live Crew, a legendary rap group that can legitimately lay claim to being one of the most controversial acts in American music history.
As pinch-me-to-make-sure-I’m-not-dreaming worthy as that is, when you’ve shared stages with Cypress Hill, Canibus and as many members of the Wu-Tang as I have been lucky enough to, goose bumps are a little harder to come by.
The reason I’m most enthusiastic is because the promoters who brought 2 Live Crew to town actually don't suck. Find out what I mean after the jump…
One of these moments changed my life forever.
March 3, 1996, State Theatre in St. Petersburg. Headlining the bill was Tampa’s own Morbid Angel, a death metal colossus and the first extreme metal outfit to ever sign a contract with a major record label. Two prime purveyors of Sweden’s legendary “Gothenburg Sound,” Dissection and At the Gates, played in support. I was 15 at the time and though I was already a metal fan, this show transformed my interest into an obsession and introduced me to an underground scene I’d previously been unaware of, one that welcomed new converts into the fold with the sort of goodwill that seemed in direct contrast to the harsh and heavy sounds we all loved.
In no time, Smiths followers were popping up in droves everywhere, boys (and plenty of girls) easily identified by the look they'd adopted from their new-found hero — worn t-shirts, cardigan sweaters and, the dead giveaway, chunky horn-rimmed glasses, an obvious nod to the "Moz."
I’m about to pose a question, but before I do that, let me say this: I already know your answer.
And furthermore, your answer will be wrong.
OK, here it is: Who is the most important American musical artist of the last 50 years?
For those of you who feel like playin’ along, take however long is necessary to come up with your answer (which I already know). Directly below is a placeholder. Scroll down when you’re ready.