Benny Starr

Crown of SC

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HIP-HOP | Live from the Underground

he Purple Buffalo has shown a ton of love to local underground hip-hop since the venue's opening last November, first with Black Dave's Charleston Hype shows and then with IllVibeTheTribe's Elevators showcases. But this show will be a little different from the usual weekend night indoor party vibe — this is Live from the Underground: The Cookout. It's a day show and the second of a series of three hip-hop concerts presented by Mac N Tee (rapper SALIS and PR pro Tawana Tee). Starting at 3 p.m., emcees will take to an outdoor stage while Sun of a Brunch Catering (owned and operated by Dominique Solone of Goose Creek) fire up the grill, creating a music fest vibe where downtown and North Chuck intersect. On the menu, you'll find cookout classics, like barbecue chicken, pork ribs, beef ribs, and sausage dogs, plus all the Southern fixins: baked beans, mac 'n' cheese, corn on the cob, jambalaya, seafood salad, and, bonus, a good ol' fashioned shrimp boil with corn, red potatoes, and sausage. (Meat and two sides is $10; shrimp boil is also $10.) They'll also have ginger lemonade to wash it all down, and, never fear, the venue will serve up plenty of stiff beverages. Hosted by Black Dave, the music continues until 8 p.m. and on the bill are local emcees SALIS, Benjamin Starr, VT the Fresh Prince, and Walter Brown performing everything from old-school hip-hop to trip to country rap. D Money and Ray Deez of Retro Flow Ent., CashFirst Jazz, and a surprise guest will also perform. —Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY

HIP-HOP | Benjamin Starr

Rapper Benjamin Starr's 2015 album Free Lunch should need no introduction for local hip-hop fans. It was an infectious mix of laid-back jazz beats and heartfelt lyrics that demanded a societal course correction. Needless to say, it was easy to fall for. Starr kept rapping his way through concrete walls in 2016 with his involvement in the Very Hypnotic Soul Band and his single "Flowers," featuring local emcee hero Matt Monday. This year, Starr's returning to the world of solo records with a dedicated sequel to Free Lunch, titled der. The pronunciation is "water," by the way. "It's what I feel is needed after Free Lunch," says Starr. "[Free Lunch] had a defiant tone. It was like me speaking to anybody looking to devalue my people ... [der] is like my back is turned on speaking to them, and I'm speaking directly to my community." The new album will feature members of the Very Hypnotic Soul Band. Lyrically, the upcoming release will concentrate on various topics like spirituality, love, and the relationships between black men, women, and youth. "I'm just diving deeper into being more open emotionally." d r is expected to get a release in mid-August. ­ —Heath Ellison THURSDAY

Music, Moments, Messages... and Me

"I became a teenager in the year 2000, and it wasn't until then that I began to understand the immortality of Brother Marvin, thanks to his masterpiece, What's Going On. Beautiful records like "Inner City Blues," "God is Love," and "What's Happening, Brother" forced me to grapple with my own desire for love, an almost spiritual love, which I felt I was missing. I knew that what I heard in his music, I felt in my heart, and it was comforting to know someone else shared that." - Benjamin Starr, The Lit Issue