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Beer & Boom Bap: Mention Detroit hip-hop, and Eminem, Slum Village, D12 and Guilty Simpson come to mind. But on Friday, several other artists will show that there’s a lot of lesser-known talent in the D.
“You can consider me true school,” says Tasherre D’Enajetic, one of the acts taking the stage at Tailgators in Dearborn Heights. “It’s not the crap you hear on the radio. I try to make stuff that people can actually relate to.”
The Detroit-born 33-year-old says he’s been rapping since he was 8 years old and makes what he calls “true school hip-hop.”
Other artists brought on by Boombox Entertainment include Ajax, Old Dave, Da Bash Brotherz, RTKUL8, DJ Gruv on the 1s and 2s and Rising Sunz.
“It’s a lot of up-and-coming metro Detroit artists,” says Robert Dunn, aka Robb, of Boombox Entertainment. “This is our first time trying Tailgators. We heard some good things about the place and wanted to try it out. If it goes well, it’ll be an annual event.”
D’Enajetic says events like this mean a lot because “there’s plenty of cats here that are doing really good music, but it gets drowned out” by both the really bad acts and the really successful artists like Guilty Simpson and Eminem.
“I’m a real fan and supporter of Michigan hip-hop, and this is definitely an event to see some real good Michigan hip-hop,” D’Enajetic says.
9:30 p.m. Friday, Tailgators, 25380 Van Born, Dearborn Heights. 313-299-7767. $6. 21 and older.
So long Shaun: Shaun Rogers has left the Detroit Lions for the Cleveland Browns, but the 6-foot-4 defensive tackle is going out with style Friday with a farewell party at the Rhino.
“The event is going to be really classy,” says TaNesha Ahmed of promotions group Ladny Angels. “It’s a black carpet event. We have two really hot DJs spinning that night, go-go dancers, a massage therapist, a sushi girl and a tattoo artist.”
DJs Blaze and Mark will keep the sounds coming. Expected guests include Tatum Bell, Travis Fisher and Devale Ellis of the Lions and Clifton Ryan of the St. Louis Rams.
“Shaun visits the Rhino from time to time,” Ahmed says. “He’s very excited about this event. He is very thankful for his time in Detroit, and he’s celebrating with his family, friends and fans at his farewell party.”
Wayne, a tattoo artist from Detroit’s Body Candy Tattoo Studio who has worked on some of the Lions, the Detroit Shock and the Pistons as well as several Detroit rappers, will be slinging ink. Ladies get in free before 10 p.m.
9 p.m. Friday, the Rhino, 1407 Randolph St., Detroit. 313-963-6244. $20.
Beats at Bleu: Tribal, techno, house, electronica and progressive — or, simply put, party music. With Yos and Dabura opening Saturday at Bleu for Matthew Dekay, the beats are sure to keep you pulsating from dusk to dawn.
“My sound is all about groove,” says Dekay, who lives in Amsterdam, which is known for its classical music and opera. The 30-year-old, who began playing piano when he was old enough to tie his own shoes, later broke free of the traditional music mold and began exploring the world of beats.
“Don’t expect to hear defected vocal house, but deeper kind of sounds,” Dekay says. “I’ve been inspired by the early ’90s house music that was about to explode in Amsterdam. I like to keep the dance floor (energized).”
Sip $3 wells and domestics while you enjoy Dekay’s sounds, which can likely be found in the bags of Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia, John Digweed, Sasha, Danny Howells, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren and Carl Cox.
“If people are up for a good night of grooves combined with some magical anthem moments, they should come and dance with me,” Dekay says. “I always try to connect with the crowd, and my vision is creating the vibe of a night together.”
10 p.m. Saturday, Bleu, 1540 Woodward, Detroit. 313-222-1900. $5. 18 and older.