The hip-hop scene in the PHX is bigger than ever. Homegrown homeboy Willy Northpole made an appearance at the BET Hip Hop Awards last month, rhyme-spitting MCs are doing their thing on the mic at nights like The Blunt Club and Raising Arizona, and a new old-school station started broadcasting just last week (92.7/99.3 FM The Beat). Meanwhile, countless P-town clubs have urban beats flowing outta the loudspeakers nearly every night of the week. Over at Stray Cat Bar & Grill, 2433 East University Drive, GALLERY BLU RE:def packs in the peeps every Tuesday evening. Working the wheels of steel during the weekly hip-hop affair are DJ Emgee and Reflekshin, two cool cats who blast out phat tracks from off-the-chain underground acts like Atmosphere and the Living Legends, as well as plenty of jams from both the new school and old school. Special guests join in the fun every week, such as hip-hop artists Chauncey Truelove, Kongeror, and Lakai, who visit on Tuesday, November 18. The beats start bouncing at 8:30 p.m. with a $5 cover. Call 480-967-1040.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.