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Keeping It Rael

Rael J. Wallace and Abjo will share a bill in Hillcrest on Friday night



    This time of year (late May/early June), I usually spend my Friday nights on the couch with a koozie, sipping iced tea & watching the NBA playoffs. But I've made other plans this Friday, since the Spurs & Thunder game was on Thursday, and the Pacers don't look like they're going to be able to hold off the Miami Heat on Friday.

    So goodbye, couch. So long, koozie. And hello, BEATS! I'm going outside to enjoy some live music.

    Rael J's been making the rounds all over the city this year, doing shows, co-hosting on SDSU's KCR radio and working on new material. On Friday, he'll be premiering the official video for the single "Trainwreck & Tanqueray," from The Holyfield project he released in 2013.

    Equal parts video premier and re-release party, Friday's Intimate Evening With Rael J will also serve as a listening party for It's Good to Be Home, the new album by LA hometown hero and Rael J collaborator Blu.

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    Rounding out the bill is San Diego wunderkind producer Abjo, who provided the entire backdrop for The Holyfield, a collection of soulful, electronic, laid-back beats that allow Rael J to wax poetic on themes of imagination, inspiration and hope.

    So ditch the couch, drop the koozie and spend an intimate evening with Rael J.

    Rael J and Abjo at Ebisu Sushi, 3765 6th Ave. All ages, 8-11 p.m.

    J. Smith, aka 1019, is a San Diego native, rap fan and one half of the rap duo Parker & the Numberman.You can follow him on Instagram at 1019_the_numberman