Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

KRS One

When: Fri., Nov. 14, 9 p.m. 2008

Formerly known as one of the Bay Area's most prolific slang originators, Oakland-born emcee Mistah F.A.B. got his major star turn with "Ghost Ride It" -- a track based on the Ghostbusters theme song -- and the accompanying music video, featuring a yellow school bus with 26-inch rims. Since then his career has taken many interesting twists, from alleged plagiarism to the brouhaha over so-called "ghostriding" (a glorified form of unsafe driving) to a public feud with 106 KMEL. Through it all he's remained a regional folk hero, starring in blockumentaries and building a cult of adoration that withstood the death of hyphy. He'll perform Friday, Nov. 14 with OG backpacker KRS-One -- inventor of "edutainment" and probably one of the best rappers of all time, if also the most pedantic -- at the Shattuck Down Low (2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). Mavrik opens. 9 p.m., $25. ShattuckDownLow.com


Rachel Swan

Price: $25

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