Best Hip-Hop Night - 2010
The Blunt Club, Thursdays at Yucca Tap Room
To quote Nas on his 2002 track "Nothing Lasts Forever," everything will come to an end. When it comes to the Valley's volatile nightlife scene, that means your favorite club night — no matter how popular it may seem — will someday call it quits. Well, except for the Blunt Club, that is. The venerated hip-hop night launched in '02 and has stayed strong for eight effin' years, with no signs of pulling a Jam-Master Jay (RIP) anytime soon. Debuting at the Priceless Inn in Tempe, it began as a combination spoken-word/live-art event hosted by Bionic Jive mic man Emerg McVay and graf artist Adam "Dumperfoo" Dumper. Evolving into a DJ-based weekly and lyrical launching pad for local ciphers like Random and Drunken Immortals, it's not only outlasted the P.I. itself, but it's survived four location changes. The DJ duo of Pickster One and turntablist Element are packing the house at its latest home, Yucca Tap Room, offering a fly selection of underground and alternative hip-hop, reggae jams, and classic cuts. Much like the long-running career of KRS-One, there's no end in sight for the Blunt.