Believe it or leave it, hip-hop shares something significant with country music and rock 'n' roll -- there's the stuff that gets on the radio and TV awards shows, and then there's the genuine article, the clamor without a mainstream-friendly face. While the bling set gets the two-page spread in glossy magazines, there are the insurgents who do the edgy, hard-knuckled exertion. Back in the mid-'90s, Brooklyn's Black Moon -- Evil Dee, Buckshot, and 5Fter -- spat out brutal, moral-less gangsta chronicles while their crew, the Beatminerz, ran samples through bass filters, achieving a relentless, dub-like, calloused feel. Like the punks before them, just as the world seemed to be catching up, Black Moon disbanded in a haze of creative and legal hostilities. With only three albums in more than ten years (most recently, 2003's Total Eclipse), this posse clearly believes in quality not quantity, and knows its hard-core style doesn't need 15 high-profile guest stars to get it across.
Black Moon, along with Secondhand Outfit, Fantab, Mecca, and Brisco, performs at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at I/O Lounge, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 305-358-8007, or visit www.IOLounge.com.