I was gonna start this blog post off by whining about dudes who think smoking weed makes them super cool, but then I decided to keep it positive and ponder more important things in life: Like, man, wouldn't it be cool to chill with Mayor Bob Filner at a rap show?
Let me explain my thought process to people who might actually be somewhat sane: Houston rapper Devin the Dude is coming to Porter's Pub at UCSD this Saturday. Devin is, of course, the truth. He raps about weed, women, being broke and misadventures. His music has a great mixture of self-deprecating humor, cheeky wit, bluesy undertones and relatability.
Coupled with Rap-a-Lot Records, he dropped three classic albums at the turn of the century: The Dude, Just Tryin' ta Live and To tha X-Treme. You may remember him as the guy who once stole the show on that Dr. Dre song. Or you may remember him as probably the first Southern rapper ever on a DJ Premier beat (much to Ludacris' dismay). Or you may remember him for his classy Lacville '79 ride.
If you're like most people, though, you probably just remember the weed. Which brings me back to the mayor, who has been a vocal advocate of medical-marijuana dispensaries since taking office this year. He's made such an impression on smokers citywide that one Point Loma dispensary even named a strain of marijuana after him, the Bob Filner OG. If there was ever a rap show that the 70-year-old, white mayor might attend, it could be this one.
Devin the Dude, Saturday, July 6, at Porter's Pub -- tickets are still available.
Quan Vu is the founder and editor of local music blog sdRAPS.com. He has also written about local and national hip-hop acts for San Diego CityBeat and the San Diego Reader. You can nerd out on rap trivia by becoming BFF's on Facebook or e-mailing him directly.