In the 12 years the Blunt Club has been around it has built a reputation as the Valley's premier weekly hip-hop show. Its founders, Dumper Foo,
Aran "Catalyst" Kelly Emerge McVay, and Keith Nickels (among others) are local legends in their own right. And some of the acts they've managed to bring to Phoenix -- such as Public Enemy at Hollywood Alley, a secret Z-Trip show at Yucca Tap Room, and Afrika Bambaata and Digable Planets at Club Red -- are legends in everybody else's right as well.
"Loyalty" is the word that Blunt Club host Mouse Powell used to describe how the weekly underground hip-hop show has been able to maintain prominence for more than a decade.