When you fly to Phoenix in February, you expect to be greeted with lizards, burritos, and margaritas. Really, anything but the blankets of arctic wind, snow, and soul sucking gloom that typifies the first 60 days of a new year on the East Coast.
When we got to Phoenix last month, we got rain. According to the locals, two days of rain is rarer than a GZA guest appearance. It causes people to panic. The city is not equipped to deal with precipitation on this level. Puddles everywhere. Parking lots become reservoirs. It’s not like walking by Broad and Market where the rastas sell $5 umbrellas on stands next to incense, bootleg tees, and mix CD’s (still). No one has an umbrella in that entire town.
Fortunately, Curly Castro and I once again found comfort in turkey sandwiches at The Main Ingredient, a hip lounge that plays Grand Puba, Pete Rock, Grand Agent, and old Heiro for its dining customers. Back in September, we feasted with Random aka MegaRan and our host Kevin Murphy from So Much Silence. This time we debated the joys and pain of Common (mostly pain) with Nocando and Open Mike Eagle with a side serving of Jeff Weiss, all three Los Angelenos who escaped All-Star Weekend to kick it in land of Jared Dudley for our show at the Hidden House. Below are some pics I took, followed by video from the show. I do wish I shot video of the bar we hit in Scottsdale — first time I ever heard Insane Clown Posse in public.
Open Mike Eagle
Deck the walls with 90's vinyl at The Main Ingredient
Curly Castro, Mike Eagle, and Kevin Murphy at Main Ingredient
Nocando and his retro cola, Jeff Weiss, and Kevin Murphy at Main Ingredient
Click here to see more photos from our first trip to Phoenix in Sept. 2010
Spit Suicide, Nocando, Curly Castro and Open Mike Eagle freestyle at the Hidden House
Open Mike Eagle freestyle
5 O’Clock Shadowboxers feat Curly Castro “High Noon” live