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It’s another RRG round-up, leaner and meaner with all the gooey fat trimmed off nice and neat. Your favorite lipo doctor is probably mad jealous at my online sculpting skills! Join in as I rejuvenate your bored pupils with a few quick bits, immerse your eyes with these linky links and give your self a boost, better than anything Botox can pack in a box! There is only one way to give your browser that much needed jolt of life, and that’s by staying tuned to us here at Really Really Good!

The doctor will see you now!

Since you're reading this little missive, I assume you managed to keep all your fingers after the fireworks were lit. I am also assuming that you did not burn your house down and that you are sitting in your fire free pad as we speak, surfing the net spark free. Congrats, I’m sure at least one of my readers will have some sort of horrible story about how and when their 4th of July celebrations went wrong. Here's hoping your firework weekend was safe and sound!

If you live in LA, you really didn’t have to leave your house to see or hear some amazing displays. It seemed like every block had their own private fireworks show happening, as I traveled from The Valley to the LAX area clear, and Downtown. There were impressive shows lined up everywhere, but I ended up at one of my favorite Friday night spots, The Airliner for Urban Underground.

“Say 1 for the Treble, Treble – 2 for the Bass, Bass”
Sadat x Live At Urban Underground

U.U. has returned to The Airliner after briefly switching up locations. It seems that a permit issue is the main cog in the wheel of this LA Hip-Hop weekly, as DJ Leviathan and JiJi were forced to stop holding performances on the outside stage of the club. If you’ve been to U.U., then you know that the outside stage is where all the headliners usually perform. Rap legends from Flipmode Squad (minus Bussa Bus), Souls Of Mischief, Killer Priest, Canibus, Peanut Butter Wolf, 2MEX, Planet Asia, and Prodigal Sunn are just a few who have all rocked said stage. Since part of it is outdoors, there have been issues with sound. The crew crashed the party around Downtown L.A. for a while, but they are now back in the old spot, using the upstairs stage as the main room.

I hit up U.U. for the Fourth, to catch a few Hip-Hop giants for Independence Day. POW Shadowz, DJ Lord Ron, and DJ Leviathan held down the spot as usual, as the night was capped with performances by Copywrite and Sadat X. J Rawls was in the house, holding it down on the turntables for both acts as well! Copywrite ripped it and had his local fans in the place going wild, as he flipped some of his new material. The headlining act was none other than Sadat X of Brand Nubian fame. The Wild Cowboy did his thing and brought New York vibes to Cali! His unmistakable voice still rings clear, and hearing him rock some of his classic verses live was a great way to spend the holiday!

In between hitting us in the head with rap classics “Slow Down”, “Punks Jump Up”, “One For All”, and “1999”, X would flip into acapella verses and quick freestyle jabs, detailing his introduction to the world of rap, working with Brand Nubian, and his personal life. Oh, and when he went into "Steal Your Ho”, I almost lost it! The super raunchy, braggadocios B-Boy song was on repeat in my car for about 2 months when the album first hit the streets so long ago. I had almost forgotten it, but as soon as the song’s first drum roll hit, so did my Hip-Hop flashback moment!

His set was a bit short, but with all of the memorable songs and guest appearances he has, he packed in a load of songs, all chopped into little bits. As if he knew that some of the audience might feel like they were cheated, he announced that Brand Nubian will be onstage at Crash Mansion very soon, and invited us all to that. I’ll be there fa sho!

Common feat Sadat X – 1999

Random Thoughts
A few things, bouncing in my head and inboxes, that need repeating.

Rock The Bells is about to kick off soon! The annual Hip-Hoppaloza has more backpacker rap star power than ever! Regulars like Ghostface and Raekwon, De La Soul, Rakim, and Redman are back on the bill. Newcomers like Wale, Jay Electronica, Kidz In The Hall, and B.O.B. are also slated to rock a bell or two. Headliners Mos Def, Nas, and A Tribe Called Quest bring it all home, and the reunion of The Pharcyde is just icing on a very dope cake! See you at the Glen Helen Pavilion on August 9th, for all my SoCal headz! The rest of you have to check the website for tour dates!

The Sunset Strip Music Festival gave Angelinos something to rock out to, as the weekend tribute festival took over the hottest venues on the world famous strip. Everclear, Soul Asylum, Camper Van Beethoven,Mickey Avalon, and Dilated People are just a few of the groups to perform during the three day event!  LA Guns, B-Real, and Slash were at JD’s pad,  Whiskey A Go-Go, while Juliette and the Licks had party goers at the notorious Viper Room lapping it up and loving it! Hot Hot Heat rose the temperature at The Roxy, as the music festival rocked the block!  SSMF promises to get bigger and better, and honorees Lou Adler, Elmer Valentine and Mario Maglieri should be very proud!

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