Face Off Fridays turn 12

Hip-hop icon Redman joins DJs Rasta Root and Jah Prince for the Nov. 10 celebration

Photo credit: Photo courtesy Rasta Root.
SMASH SUMTHIN: The almighty Redman performs at Face Off Friday Nov. 10.

On Friday, November 10, Face Off Fridays celebrate 12-years of bringing the finest in old school hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, salsa, trap music et. al., every second Friday of the month at MJQ. To mark the occasion, DJs Rasta Root and Jah Prince set the stage for a performance by the almighty Redman for a night of classic hip-hop.

"For the last three years, I've tried to imagine what we could possibly do to top everything else we've done," says Rasta Root. "It was Redman putting him in that Face Off Friday environment."

The pairing makes sense: Redman's seamless blend of reggae, funk, and hip-hop on classic albums such as EPMD's Business as Usual (1990), his 1992 solo debut, Whut? Thee Album, and early aughts classics such as "Smash Sumthin'" and "Let's Get Dirty" dovetail Face Off's vibe.

For Rasta Root, Redman's influence is foundational. "From the time I was in college, one of the albums that really carried me through was Whut Thee Album?," he says. "I started DJing around the time when I first heard his voice in EPMD. Fast forward 27 years, and having him here is a full-circle kind of thing that encompasses my whole career as a DJ.

Atlanta Seafood Company will be posted up with a food truck, and the first 50 folks through the door get in for $15. Show up early.


$20. Doors open at 11 p.m. MJQ Concourse, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE.

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