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Antwon Pinkston: Silver City proves hip hop and country do mix well

Apr. 10, 2008 @ 08:30 PM

HUNTINGTON -- If all nightclubs in downtown Huntington had some diversity by switching up the choice of music on certain nights, a mixture of cultures would merge together and learn from each other. They might even learn to appreciate each other's music more.

It's about time that a club in Huntington stepped up to the plate and made a move like Silver City did by having "Hip-Hop Friday" and "Country Saturdays." Many other clubs feature a lot of live music from top-notch performers, but few are offering such diversity.

Other clubs would surely benefit from doing something similar. There shouldn't be a problem integrating or switching nights of music.

It's not unusual to hear hip hop or R&B music blast through the speakers of vehicles driven by teens and young adults in Huntington -- regardless of race or gender. Nor is it unusual to see local residents copy the styles and lives of rappers and videos they see on television shows -- even though some may actually go through rough times and live similar lives of their favorite rappers.

But last Friday night at Silver City, I saw something very unusual happen that brought a mixture of cultures together without any violence or authorities getting involved. It was a concert that highlighted performances from rappers Tiger the Ace (Tasheem Hayes), Buzzy Shine (Mauryel Garrett) and 19-year-old Shreveport, La., rapper Hurricane Chris (Chris Dooley).

Tiger the Ace and Buzzy Shine entertained the crowd with their well-known street anthems and upcoming music from their albums. Hurricane Chris took the stage a little after midnight and got the crowd "handclappin'" with favorites such as "Ay bay bay," "Hand Clap" and "Playa's Rock."

The event was put together by local artists Buzzy Shine and Big Steve Robinson of Best of Both Worldz Entertainment.

Trying to keep the Huntington hip-hop scene moving and infusing the town with some entertainment diversity, Buzzy Shine said Silver City will offer "Hip-Hop Fridays" every Friday. In addition, they'll try to bring a national rapper or celebrity on the first Friday of each month to turn up the heat.

Don't worry, country-lovers. Country music will still be featured Saturday nights.

Some may find a rap night followed by a country night to be a stretch. But, if someone takes the time to meet up with the right people and promoters, it can happen. Silver City is proof.

Antwon Pinkston is a reporter at The Herald- Dispatch. Contact him at (304) 526-2795 or via e-mail at apinkston@herald-dispatch.com.

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