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Monday, February 1, 2010

Gone Clubbin' at Debaser: Blunts and Broads in Dive Bars

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 11:35 AM

  • Matthew Davis
You could blame Debaser's recent run-in with Internet flame wars (pt. 1 and pt. 2) for the massive line that stretched outside during the '90s club night at The Knockout on Saturday. But the truth is that people really like to dance to classic hip-hop on the weekends, and when Debaser switched to that genre from its usual alt-rock fare, the crowds poured in.

When I arrived at the 90's hip-hop-focused party around 11 p.m., the night's popularity was evidenced in full by the lack of flannel and Converse, and the all apparent "going-out" digs sported by the bar's fresh-faced ladies. These weren't regulars, but they were having a blast. One of Debaser's DJs/promoters, Jamie Jams even told me, "I really don't know any of these people. This is a totally different crowd. It's weird."

Unfamiliar faces are the sign of a club taking off, however. After braving the masses outside, we made it inside to where the real cluster-fuck was happening. Maneuvering from the door to any part of The Knockout's dark recesses was impossible, to the point that it was easier to travel via the dancefloor, where people were expecting to get their elbows bumped. I took shelter in the DJ booth on stage and was immediately greeted with a 40 oz. of St. Ide's and a blunt while Skee-Lo's "I Wish" blared in my eardrums and the dancefloor went bananas before my eyes.

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