Shoegazing With My Peoples, Yo

It may not sound like b-boy hip-hop, but Dälek insists its heart lies in the form

"Our sound covers so many different genres that we are better off touring with all these different bands, because we're grabbing small pockets of people from everyone else's audience." Patton, in fact, first saw Dälek on a tour with rock acts and invited the band to open for his group Tomahawk on its European tour.

Upon the release of From Filthy Tongues of Gods and Griots,several rock journalists hailed it as a musical revelation, while hip-hop publications have all but ignored the album. Since the group hasn't been as embraced by hip-hop audiences, why call it hip-hop at all?

"Hip-hop's my culture," Brooks responds strongly. "If I picked up a banjo, it would still be hip-hop. For me, I'm just an MC. This is the way I express myself. I can't sing, so I rhyme. Hip-hop is culture, that's my culture."

B-boys beware: Dälek kicks a different jam.
B-boys beware: Dälek kicks a different jam.

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Scheduled to perform with Isis on Monday, October 14. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Call 602-462-5516.
Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt

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