If you hear Cheri Dennis and Biggie Smalls together on the radio, or you watch her video, you're hearing the handiwork of Cleveland DJ Mick Boogie; hip-hop stronghold Bad Boy Entertainment has made Boogie's remix of Dennis' "I Luv You" -- which blends a track from the native Clevelander and an unreleased a capella Biggie Smalls verse -- his first official national single.
"People weren't really playing the record," says Boogie. "So I'm like thinking: Cheri, Bad Boy, Biggie, Bad Boy -- let's fix the record. Everyone loved it. People started playing it nationwide. And Puff likes it, so who knows?"
The Bad Boy track is one of two hot singles with Boogie's stamp on them. An unofficial remix of T.I.'s "Why You Wanna" is also exploding across airwaves, computers, and boomin' systems across the country. Boogie's version mixes in a recycled verse from rhyme giant Q-Tip, the former member of A Tribe Called Quest, whose "Find a Way" provided the hook for the Atlanta rapper's original track.
"I've known Mick for years, from back in his college radio days," says Rick Betemit, the Atlantic Records rap-promotion executive who is working on the Dennis single. "Now, everyone knows Mick as a big mixtape DJ. [Boogie's mixes] are definitely generating a lot of interest in the hip-hop community on mixtapes and mixshows."
The Dennis version is a promotional-copy exclusive, but you can hear both tracks at myspace.com/mickboogie. " Euclid Avenue will be reopened on Sunday for visits to the set of Spider-Man 3. House of Blues (308 Euclid Avenue) hosts the wrap party from 6 to 9 p.m.; Superband and Lounge Kitty will perform. Both events are free and open to the public.
" Comedic musician Charlie Wiener, who prefers the title "acoustic smartass," will present a one-man show, Autobiography of a Lesser Mind, April 28 through May 21, at Kennedy's Down Under (1519 Euclid Avenue) at Playhouse Square.
· Northeast Ohio jazz and classic all-stars will pay tribute to legendary Akron jazz pianist Pat Pace Tuesday, May 2, at Akron's Beth El Congregation (464 S. Hawkins Avenue). Featuring Jack Schantz, Chas Backer, and local jazz ensembles, the show is free and open to the public.
· Optimistically titled Cleveland rock band American Rockstar will host a listening party April 28 for Adapter, the rockers' upcoming album, at Rockstar Cleveland (2083 East 21st Street). The band will play two acoustic sets. The disc is set for a May 19 release.
· Akron's internationally acclaimed Black Keys have set May 2 as the release date for their EP of Junior Kimbrough covers, Chulahoma. The blues-rock duo's new record is done, and they've signed with V2 Records for the disc's European and Japanese release, and with Modular for Australian release. They haven't settled on a U.S. label yet.
· Last week, Spitboxers hosted a tribute to 31-year-old rapper Crackbaby (Wayne Patton), who was slain Monday, April 10. The Cleveland rapper had self-released one CD and was about to release a second, titled Let Me See You Thugg Outt.
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