It's hard for most people over the age of eleven to imagine the Backstreet Boys as heroes -- fashion dolls manufactured by Mattel, maybe, but not heroes. However, via its management, the group came to the rescue of innocent ticket-buyers last fall by blowing the whistle on House of Blues's scummy policy (first exposed in Denver) of setting aside large blocks of tickets for various parties rather than making them available to the general public. Backstreet's back? All right!

It's hard for most people over the age of eleven to imagine the Backstreet Boys as heroes -- fashion dolls manufactured by Mattel, maybe, but not heroes. However, via its management, the group came to the rescue of innocent ticket-buyers last fall by blowing the whistle on House of Blues's scummy policy (first exposed in Denver) of setting aside large blocks of tickets for various parties rather than making them available to the general public. Backstreet's back? All right!

Over the past few years, these neo-grass, cross-genre rockers have gone from playing bar basements to headlining Red Rocks. It's the kind of progress bands in any hometown dream of, a feat fueled by excessive touring, good musical vibes and astute business savvy. Nothing cheesy about that.

Over the past few years, these neo-grass, cross-genre rockers have gone from playing bar basements to headlining Red Rocks. It's the kind of progress bands in any hometown dream of, a feat fueled by excessive touring, good musical vibes and astute business savvy. Nothing cheesy about that.

Don Blas's latest CD, Capo Di Tutti Capi, may display an Aurora address as its point of origin, but the high level of recording quality and Blas's own verbal dexterity would place it right at home in the hip-hop section of any record store in the country. Guest spots from heavyweights like Dready Kreuger of the Wu Tang Clan and local luminaries Kingdom and Cession help in the credibility department, but it's ultimately Blas himself who makes this recording hit, and blow up, the spot. Blas's invitation to the South by Southwest music conference in March was just one indication that forces outside of Colorado are taking notice of the mile-high MC.

Don Blas's latest CD, Capo Di Tutti Capi, may display an Aurora address as its point of origin, but the high level of recording quality and Blas's own verbal dexterity would place it right at home in the hip-hop section of any record store in the country. Guest spots from heavyweights like Dready Kreuger of the Wu Tang Clan and local luminaries Kingdom and Cession help in the credibility department, but it's ultimately Blas himself who makes this recording hit, and blow up, the spot. Blas's invitation to the South by Southwest music conference in March was just one indication that forces outside of Colorado are taking notice of the mile-high MC.

Best rapper with a Super Bowl championship ring

Terrell Davis

Terrell Davis's 27th birthday party, held at the F-Stop in LoDo on October 28, may not have resulted in the same sort of riot that overtook much of central Denver after the Broncos' Super Bowl victory a few months earlier, but it did create quite a scene. On the sidewalk outside the club, some of the city's finest-lookin' folks lined up behind a velvet rope for the chance to sneak inside and wish the running back a happy birthday -- and catch a glimpse of his debut performance as an MC. To the delight of the capacity crowd and the constantly flashing lights of cameras from both local and national media outlets, Davis provided some backing raps for his buddy and hip-hopping comrade, Legit. While he's no Ice Cube, Davis proved that, on the mike at least, he's got more skills than Shaq and Kobe. Perhaps we can look forward to John Elways's debut in the coming year.

Best rapper with a Super Bowl championship ring

Terrell Davis

Terrell Davis's 27th birthday party, held at the F-Stop in LoDo on October 28, may not have resulted in the same sort of riot that overtook much of central Denver after the Broncos' Super Bowl victory a few months earlier, but it did create quite a scene. On the sidewalk outside the club, some of the city's finest-lookin' folks lined up behind a velvet rope for the chance to sneak inside and wish the running back a happy birthday -- and catch a glimpse of his debut performance as an MC. To the delight of the capacity crowd and the constantly flashing lights of cameras from both local and national media outlets, Davis provided some backing raps for his buddy and hip-hopping comrade, Legit. While he's no Ice Cube, Davis proved that, on the mike at least, he's got more skills than Shaq and Kobe. Perhaps we can look forward to John Elways's debut in the coming year.

Best rapper to foretell and then prevent the apocalypse

Apostle

On his first -- and epic -- debut release Last of a Dying Breed, Apostle raps about a calamitous range of topics including corrupt world government, conspiracy, new world order, natural and man-made disasters and, finally, a to-the-death battle between evil forces and a soul-saving rebel army. And just who is leading the righteous in that battle? Why, our rhyming hero, that's who! Apostle just might be suited for such a charge; he currently operates the Survival Camp record label (www.survivalcamp.com) and serves as the driving force behind the new Colorado Hip Hop Coalition. But perhaps more important, Last of a Dying Breed distinguishes him most as a creative, innovative and entertaining performer with something to say. Even if it sometimes comes across like the script for a Saturday-morning cartoon.

Best rapper to foretell and then prevent the apocalypse

Apostle

On his first -- and epic -- debut release Last of a Dying Breed, Apostle raps about a calamitous range of topics including corrupt world government, conspiracy, new world order, natural and man-made disasters and, finally, a to-the-death battle between evil forces and a soul-saving rebel army. And just who is leading the righteous in that battle? Why, our rhyming hero, that's who! Apostle just might be suited for such a charge; he currently operates the Survival Camp record label (www.survivalcamp.com) and serves as the driving force behind the new Colorado Hip Hop Coalition. But perhaps more important, Last of a Dying Breed distinguishes him most as a creative, innovative and entertaining performer with something to say. Even if it sometimes comes across like the script for a Saturday-morning cartoon.

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