In some regards, we understand why modern-day hip-hop gets a bad, uh, rap, especially when it comes to glamorizing violence. Just look at some of the names. C-Murder. Mykill Miers. Murda Mook. So does that mean we're gonna start tucking in our stuffed shirts and siding with poll-battling politicians in quashing the sometimes-controversial art form? No way, dawg. We dig the beats and freestyle flows way too much.

Leave grandmama at home and pop your collar to the b-boys performing at Murda Town Mayhem. Local cool cat Wicked Rob hosts the shindig, which features seven-plus freestyle rappers doing their thang.

Fri., Aug. 31, 7 p.m.