A week on the scene
Barely a month after the double-murder shooting that brought a tragic end to the Taco Land era, another San Antonio rock institution might be facing its final days. White Rabbit owner Rick Sciaraffa has decided to sell the St. Mary's venue because he's tired of the day-to-day grind of running a rock club and prefers to concentrate on organizing special events. Sciaraffa is seeking $750,000 for the bar, which has hosted shows by everyone from Frank Black to the Supersuckers and served as a base for many of SA's up-and-coming hard-rock bands.
Omar Credle is arguably the most slept-on emcee in the history of commercial hip-hop. In 1994, OC dropped WordÖLife, a thought-provoking collection of hardcore East Coast hip-hop that showcased intellect and the ability to craft bittersweet rhymes.
Cuts such as "Time's Up," "Born to Live," and the title track established Credle as a gifted storyteller whose flow could travel from the menacing to the sympathetic within the space of a few lines: "Born to live/a life to die/life's so damn short and I wonder why." Credle went on to release solid albums such as Jewelz in 1997 and Bon Appetit in 2001, but his anti-bling aesthetics garnered more disciples than fans.
The Boom-Bap Project creates the type of hip-hop that makes Credle smile. Hailing from Seattle, the true-school trio composed of Destro, Karim, and DJ Scene recently turned heads with Reprogram, a fresh debut that pays homage to the glory days of the genre. "We wanted to make a classic sounding album while sticking to what we know and do, and at the same time rep the whole Northwest, 'cause we've been slept on and overlooked for way too long," Destro says.
Backed by Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers Entertainment and the Oldominion Collective, the Boom-Bap Project will share the stage at Austin's Emo's with Credle and the Hieroglyphics on Friday, August 5, as part of the Live and Direct Tour. Showtime is 10 p.m. and tickets are $15.50. Call (512) 477-3667 for more info.