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Ten 15 hosts "Elementary" my dear hip-hoppers; "Full of Flava: Tropical Edition" is ground zero for reggaeton in S.F.

Wednesday, Jul 6 2005
The stated goal of "Elementary" is "reppin' hip hop's elements," and you can always count on the party to do just that. This week the night is hosting an MC battle, and one lucky rapper will walk away with $1,000. The whole contest will be filmed for a future DVD release called Mama Said Knock You Out, and several of the Bay Area's favorite hip hop DJs, including Pam the Funkstress (of the Coup), J-Boogie, and Fuze (from the original lineup of Digital Underground), will be on hand, mixing up funk, soul, and rap. The most overlooked element of hip hop is dancing, but this week that won't be the case as SoCal performer Fly, who is featured in David LaChapelle's gorgeous new film Rize, will be on the scene showing off the specialized, hyperkinetic style known as "krumping," a form derived from its predecessor, clowning, which does indeed involve clown paint. Get krumped, hyphy, funky, fly, and fresh -- and learn the meaning of all these terms -- on Friday, July 8, at Ten 15 Folsom; visit for more info.

Those who have yet to hear the Latin street sounds of reggaeton likely do not speak Spanish and don't pay attention to what's popular in places like New York and Miami. But lately its strains can be experienced here both on the radio (on stations like Wild 94.9 FM, where DJs can't resist its bump) and compliments of newly dedicated collectives like Reggaeton SF that are making noise with events all over the Bay Area. Back in May, local promoters Playareacodes hosted "Full of Flava" at Jelly's, a hip hop party that included a patio area featuring reggaeton. This Saturday, July 9, the troupe takes to Club Six and joins with Reggaeton SF to present "Full of Flava: Tropical Edition." Reggaeton SF DJs Rigo and Happy will appear alongside hip hop, dub, and funk DJs Sake One, Supreme, Jah Yzer, and DJ J-Pro & DJ Natural. The weather outside might say otherwise, but inside Club Six's basement it's likely to be downright steamy; call 863-1221 or visit for more info.

Lee Cabrera (the New York-based DJ/producer duo of Steven Lee and Albert Cabrera) had a dance hit on the Spanish party island of Ibiza a few seasons back, so the group's popular with topless dancers and lager-soaked tourists, which means diddly squat here in our fog-drenched clubland. But know this: Albert Cabrera has been creating his staggeringly funky original remixes since back when they were called "edits" (because they were made by razoring reel-to-reel tapes and splicing them together). He thrilled Big Apple airwaves in the '80s with these edits, done in partnership with Tony Moran as the Latin Rascals, and has since been a secret engineering and editing weapon of many top house producers on the East Coast. Similarly, the team of (relative rookie) Lee and Cabrera has been a staple in the record boxes of top international house DJs since forming almost five years ago. "Mixed Elements" resident DJ Aaron Pope will also be celebrating the release of his new CD, and RastaQ will keep things on the hip hop and downtempo tip in the lounge, on Saturday, July 9, at Ruby Skye; call 693-0777 or visit for more info.

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