DJ Quik cancels Casselman's show, confusion erupts, Rex Lounge takes one for the team

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Where was DJ Quik? Not at Casselman's last night.
After DJ Quik canceled on Casselman's at the last minute due to "gang activity" and "threats on his life," all hell broke loose, with everyone buzzing about where (and exactly who) would be performing and where. As it turned out, Bizzy Bone, fresh off the plane in a ponytail, rocked the absolute hell out of the Rex Lounge, near Coors Field. How did we get from DJ Quik and Casselman's to Bizzy Bone and the Rex? Click through to find out.

The streets started buzzing around 5:30 p.m. with word that DJ Quik had canceled his show at Casselman's at the last minute, prompting rumors to fly that Bizzy Bone and Mack 10 would be taking Quik's place. Word then was that Casselman's had evidently rejected that particular lineup, so the Rex Lounge picked up the show that now wouldn't include Mack 10 -- but Too $hort instead.

Like players in the elementary-school game "telephone," nobody knew what in the hell was going on until the final moment, when the Rex Lounge took one for the team and hosted Bizzy Bone (sans Too $hort) along with a slew of talent so bad, the venue should have received a medal for its efforts.

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Photo: Britt Chester
1984 at the Rex Lounge

After Nofrendo played a set of jungle music that had the crowd none too pleased, 1984, (Big J. Beats and Marky Bias) took over, and the live beat-making, rapping, party-rocking commenced. The two are pretty dynamic together and somehow manage to maintain an underground element amid too many pairs of white patent-leather high-heeled shoes to count.

From there, it was all downhill: The guys who said they were from 420 Entertainment were so elementally bad, it got painful to watch. Mobbing through the crowd wearing sunglasses and with more guys than there were mikes, they took the stage with rapping so terrible, I'm sure a dozen hip-hop angels lost their wings as a result. Several times, one of the MCs had to stop and catch his breath while his pre-recorded vocals continued to play.

A singer/rapper combination from Fort Collins wheeled in several club-styled tracks with too much bounce and not enough substance. The vocalist wailed and moaned too much for the lyrics, which consisted of champagne tales and waist-gripping.

There was also a young lady from New Mexico wearing a sequined belt with a pink leopard-print skirt and a shiny pair of white heels who took the stage and lip-synched her heart out. She was accompanied by two dancers who flailed all over the place and were doing entirely too much for the small stage at the Rex.

The last crew went on and performed for so long, FOE's set had to be bumped, prompting a solid round of boos from DJ Ear Attent, who spoke for the rest of us with his theatrics. It wasn't just the rapping; the beats were bad, the presentation was full of unwarranted posturing, and the vocals sounded like eating old mashed potatoes: dry.

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Bizzy Bone at the Rex Lounge

By this time, Bizzy Bone was in the house with his crew and prepared to take the stage, but not before telling Nofrendo to "cut it out with all the Beyonce songs" he was playing. Bizzy's solo set went about as far as it could go, considering he was just in town with the rest of the Bone-Thugs on June 23 at the Gothic. The crowd ate it up, though, and he did what he could.

One thing, though: Whoever the artist is that he had covering Biggie's verse on "Notorious Thugz" was beyond a hot mess. He fumbled the words in several places and did everything but wipe his brow when his verse was over and Bizzy came in with the save.

When word first hit that DJ Quik wasn't going to be in Denver, people were riled up. Mad, frustrated and disappointed. What happened during the solution phase, though, is that the Rex Lounge strapped on its boots and took care to house a crowd of hip-hop hooligans who merely wanted to have a good time. No one is exactly sure what the shenanigans were with Quik, but, as they say, the show must go on.



Location Info

Rex Lounge - CLOSED

2936 Fox St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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annoyedbyignantintposts
annoyedbyignantintposts

yo im glad some ignorant cats have their pasty basement locked opinions(makes me lol really) but we live and love hiphop out here. yea the music scene got som to be desired but walk down the street(not your highland ranch walled community) and youll see a collection of talented writers work. cus you dont know means you shouldnt speak on it. pirate signal, council of word, fos,still catchn wreck, flobots, ichiban, tetra, tko, rtd, sws etc. most citys dont love this like us ive been to most i know. Ru aint talkn bout you just som of these intirnet kids that dont know ish.

SSD
SSD

Why the fuck were people  dissapionted that dj quik did'nt show up. Fuck that punk pussy ass bitch. Im a real denver representing ass motherfucker. That's what he gets for talking shit about the D-town. Denver wants to be like compton, fuck you. You'll get killed out here just as easy as you will were he's from. If your from D-town and you were upset that he cancled fuck you too you deserve to get chin checked bitch

DenverScener
DenverScener

Denver Hip Hop Alive and Well! aka "like eating old mashed potatoes: dry."

Joe R.
Joe R.

HAHAHAHAHA The DJ got called out by Bizzy for rockin too much Beyonce!! Not a good look.

Therealhoodfellaz
Therealhoodfellaz

First of all DJ QUICK is still the man "ALL EYES ON ME" the biggest selling album around was mostly produced by him. he's killing Dre, timberland, storch and the rest they don't play instruments.. theres only confusion and threats because the Promoters don't know what they doing.. yall got those wack ass white boys and niggaz who aint known in the turf.. that's the problem u need hood artist performing with hood headliners this is not rocket science. u guys couldn't insure his safety like u would any other artist you paying for. plus with the BOOK OF DAVID out he aint passing on no money. casslems thinks that u bring one artist don't mean can accommodate every artist.. denver promoters and djs are still fucking up the scene real niggaz don't interact with fake people its business fuck the gang signs and shit talk n we did that gang bang shit. ( if you wasn't banging in the (90's) you aint banging now lame ass fb bangers

Morning After of Team Latchkey
Morning After of Team Latchkey

Damn, I wish I could have made it out there. I see that 1984 killed it as always. I like the honest write up Ru, keep em coming. TEAM LATCHKEY ALL GOD DAMN DAY!

Johnkingco
Johnkingco

all of denver hip hop sucks anyway. especially the rex lounge, and all ru can do is talk as much shit as she can on her own scene, but i dont blame her, it sucks out here. the scene is just full of old ass men who never know when to give up and use it as a hobby. this whole scene is so political, and theres nothing to be political about because no ones even dope in the first place. no wonder why cats from out of town think our hip hop community and scene is garbage. it all comes together perfectly.

dooooooooood
dooooooooood

So, we have short little reviews about four or five acts and you can't even give us their names? What the fuck? Can this be any less informed?

Bree Davies
Bree Davies

Pow. You speak the truth. Thank you, Ru, for being a real hip hop journalist. There aren't many of those in this city -- especially since, you know, live hip hop is dead and all.

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Yo, Bizzy Bone gave SUCH a good performance. I was amazed at how well he sized up his crowd, giving them what they wanted like Crossroads, and the 2Pac joint and what not...

dope. 

Alert
Alert

"Several times one of the MCs had to stop and catch his breath while his pre-recorded vocals continued to play."

L M F A O

Nofrendo
Nofrendo

I play one Beyonce song in my life between the crap music sets and Bizzy Bone talks shit. Really? Any press is good press I guess. :-/

Krista Kent
Krista Kent

Ru!! Good shit! I fuckin love the way you write. And I was definitely disappointed I didnt get to see Quik lastnight.. He is my fave producer/artist by far, and it was shitty to not see him. But like you said, the show must go on. :)

Denverdriveby
Denverdriveby

"rapping so terrible, I'm sure a dozen hip-hop angels lost their wings" =LOL, that's AWESOME

Ontoneyo
Ontoneyo

Beyonce Nofrendo.. U still the man G

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lmao bro.

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