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Westword Music Showcase 2005

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What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Max Monks.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Oh, shit! My bills are late.

Football or foosball?

Pinball.

Parting shot?

Thanks for having fun with us, and we thank you for your support in making Crispy Critters crispy. There were some good times, and we wish more good times for everyone.

DENT
NOMINATED IN HIP-HIP -- MC
6 P.M., VINYL PATIO

Website: www.myspace.com/dentsmusicissaulgood

Native or transplant?

Native...C.O., you know!!!

What's in a name?

I got the name Dent because I have dimples. But they call me Dent because I might not be the best MC, but I'm definitely going to make a huge Dent on the scene. You can't deny me; I'll hit you over the head with some classic hip-hop.

When did you form/start performing?

I have been a part of the Denver scene for quite some time -- buggin' out when I was younger, rhymin' about food and making people laugh. Around 1995, I started gettin' a rep up.

Releases/discography:

I have an EP on wax, Platinum in the Shower, which is out now on Basementalism Records. And I also help put together a Colorado comp with my boy Sol called Low Budget Soul. Both projects are in stores now! Go support!

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Man, I dunno who I sound like. I sound like me, I guess. Some people say I have a very unique voice, and you know when I'm on the mike. I study music, so I'm inspired from many different styles and forms.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Some notable battle rap stats: Rockafella; Roc the Mic Denver Champ 2003; And1 Unsigned Hype Emcee Finalist; DMC Colorado M.C. Champ 1998-2002; True to the Game M.C. Champ 2003 (San Francisco); and my music has played on The Inferno II, episode 13, and an MTV Cribs episode. I do a lot of event coordination for the Colorado Hip-Hop Coaltion, LoDo Music Festival, and I throw an annual hip-hop comp called Who's Shinin.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

There are so many, but I'd have to say Illmatic (Nas); WordLife (OC); Resurrection (Common); Step Into the Arena (Gangstar); Critical Beatdown (Ultramagnetic MCs); Paid in Full (Eric B. & Rakim).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

As far as hip-hop artists go, I always wanted to be like Big Daddy Kane when I was growin' up -- and the Native Tongues, they brought a lot of style to the game.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I got a lot on my plate, so I work two jobs, plus help organize events. That's how I keep things movin'.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Be at the record store, diggin.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

A dope MC than a broke O.G.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

If that ever happened, I would ask to play the part. I don't think anyone could be me. That, or I would ask Vincent Gallo, from Buffalo '66.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still on the grind. Still makin' dope music, and, hopefully by then, me and my crew will have some dough in our pockets from this music.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

I couldn't tell you. I give and get respect from a lot of people, but I'm a little too creative for the average person. I try to bring good vibes all the time...and have fun.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

I'm a big record fanatic. I go diggin every chance I get -- keep wax alive!!!

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

I gotta give it a toss-up; they're both dope.

Weezer or Winger?

Lets say Winger: I'm with some '80s rock!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Gotta go with Jay-Z...sorry, Z-Trip.

Football or foosball?

Football.

Parting shot?

Remember: "Without a Goal, It's Hard to Score!"

DJ BEDZ
NOMINATED IN DJ: DANCE -- CLUB/HIP-HOP
8 P.M., SERENGETI UPSTAIRS

Website: www.djbedz.com and www.radiobums.net .

Native or transplant?

Grew up in Boulder, went to college in Los Angeles, and now I'm happily settled back in Denver.

What's in a name?

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