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FLASHIN’ GRILLZ: IT’S AN 8BALL AND MJG FOURTH OF JULY

The greatest hip-hop duo of all time reunited in 2014, and yet it still seems like the two-man rap is a quaint concept whose utility peaked a decade ago. Out- Kast are clearly doing it for the money. Clipse has never been quite as big as Pu-sha T’s solo career. Mobb Deep got back together to release a record last year that very few people paid attention to. Then there’s Memphis rap legends 8Ball & MJG, a unit whose loyalty to one another has weathered lean years, strong years and a number of solo ventures. And still, after 23 years, they’re the peanut butter and jelly of rap.

They just go together. They’re hard to explain, but there’s something familial about them. They might not always be mentioned among the great rap duos, possibly because their best material tends to be a little disagreeable, but they are a benchmark of reliability, not to mention versatility. Their biggest hit, “You Don’t Want Drama”, wound up resuscitated on House producer Bird Peterson’s Drankenstein 1 tape a few years ago, remixed with Paul Van Dyk’s “For An Angel” in a spectacular pairing of rhymes straight out of the gutter and uplifting, ethereal trance. This Thursday, they’re appropriately playing the pre-Fourth of July Family Reunion at Ziggy’s, a ritual of grills of a different sort. Tickets are $25 and the show starts at 10 p.m.

BE A GREASER FOR A WEEKEND

Ages ago, hep cats and kittens roamed the land in flame-kissed hot rods, smoking Viceroys because they were good for you and living two breaths away from their next jailhouse tattoo. Paul Newman was their patron saint, but that kind of cool wasn’t meant to be forever. It didn’t die out completely, though, and there remain strict adherents to what’s become known as Kustom Kulture. It’s not hard to find festivals out west celebrating giant spoilers, loud guitars, bad habits and copious amounts of pomade, especially since one of the longest running events on the east coast has called Winston- Salem home for the past 14 years. Starting on Friday at the Millennium Center, the Heavy Rebel Weekender is rather inclusive for its countercultural origins, however. It’s a three-day party for anyone who can distinguish the subtle shades between thrash metal and psychobilly, likes mud wrestling in 90-degree temps set to three-chord punk, and loves PBR more.

Between the Friday’s opener Phatlynx, a goodhumored Southern Culture On the Skids relation, and Sunday’s closer and returning headliner, the Dexter Romweber Duo, there’s not a lot of sonic variance from a loud and mostly abrasive norm (aside from the heartbreak country of the Bo-Stevens on Friday and the honey-voiced Sarah Shook on Sunday). Tickets are $35 per day, or $90 for the weekend. !

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