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The Beatdown

A punk-rock burlesquecapade puts the suicide squeeze on one local venue.

Everything remained peaceful as we all waited for Nelly's "Tip Drill" -- the night's signature song and the cue for the money drop -- but I knew the place would go bananas as soon as the loot started falling from the sky. I mean, a boy will kill his mother for the love of money.

Finally, just after 12:30 a.m., Slim from Loose Cannon announced, "Y'all know what time it is," and started tossin' sawbucks into the crowd. And still, everyone was polite as Mormons -- which shocked the hell out of me, particularly since there were some hard-core gangsta-lookin' thugs in the house.

Maybe the bartenders had slipped Xanax into the drinks. Maybe since we were officially into Ash Wednesday, folks had given up beating the shit out of each other for Lent. Maybe folks had heard that Melo was putting the night together and thought that was the theme for the evening. Or maybe, just maybe, when people are treated with dignity and respect, they'll respond in kind. Whatever was responsible for this mellow night, for the sake of hip-hop in Mootown -- and my newly realized Wednesday-morning coffee-and-smokes slush fund -- I'm praying it continues.

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