There's three consecutive nights of quality hip-hop going down in Austin this week. Method Man & Redman kick it off tomorrow night in the middle of their cross-country Still High Tour. Both dudes have made recent solo trips to the 512, but now that they will be back under the same roof it is going to be wild. They will be releasing both a new album and a new film in the coming months, aiming to further their reputation as one of hip-hop's most beloved partnerships.
Digable Planets are back in action. Doodlebug, Butterfly, and Ladybug are touring all over the place, playing to some packed houses, and even talking about a new studio album. Based on the reviews I've been reading from their current tour, a whole lotta people are still digging the Digable. They will get together at Emo's on Wednesday along with local hip-hop scenesters Zeale & Phranchyze, who made me a fan when I saw 'em at the Fun Fest. Free tickets for this one are here.
As it turns out, Q-Tip's oft-delayed new album was well worth the wait. Pretty much everyone is calling it the bomb. It has some great production, which combined with his ever-sharp lyrical skills will make you forget that it has been something like nine years since his last album. The old Tribe Called Quest-er will be at Stubb's on Thursday night with The Cool Kids, who put on a way better show than I was expecting when I caught them at Emo's in August. Tix are available here, and you can check out more of The Renaissance at the link