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Spitboxing vets collaborate for hair-raising hip-hop holiday

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At tonight's Red, Black, and Green Christmas, the MuAmin Collective plans to "afro out" the holidays with fellow Cleveland spitboxers Poetic Republic, Leroi Da Moor, and LMNTL. And expect the duo to fill your Christmas stocking with a few musical packages as they join punkers This Moment in Black History onstage. "We're going to bring the show some extra-special gifts: Hip-hop, punk rock, and stockings stuffed with fascist pigs," says bandmate Josiah. "We're going to keep it cheery, but we can't leave out the satire."After countless performances together, MuAmin and TMIBH have perfected their brand of politically charged hip-hop paired with socially-charged punk, which TMIBH delivers under its trademark knockoff of the state flag. "They have the red-black-and-green Ohio flag, and I figured we'd freak it that way," says Josiah. "Christmas got the red and green already, so we threw the black in there."Expect an array of out-of-the-box holiday tunes: The tentative set list ranges from James Brown's "Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year" to Prince's "Another Lonely Christmas." "If I had my choice, I'd do 'Christmas in Hollis' by Run-DMC," says Chris Kulscar, TMIBH's singer. "That's the best Christmas song ever." Get your freak on at 9 tonight at the Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $7 ($5 in advance). Call 216-321-5588 or visit www.grogshop.gs.
Sat., Dec. 22, 9 p.m., 2007

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