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This double bill is contradiction incarnate. Fishbone is a group of six young black men from the west coast whose whacked-out ska seems to appeal almost exclusively to white kids. File them under offbeat black crossover. Schoolly-D, on the other hand, is a hard-core rapper from the east coast whose songs like "No More Rock 'n' Roll" seem meant to offend white kids, though hardly exdusively--his stuff should offend anyone who can think. (Elsewhere, Mr. Big Dick boasts about beating up his girlfriend.) File him under ghetto-brained loser. If the messages of each group are polar opposites, the sound of each one also couldn't be more dissimilar. Whereas Fishbone are clever, energetic, and inventive, Schoolly-D is confused, heavy-handed, and rigid. Yet, ultimately, the undeniable fact is that Schoolly-D's dull blur of a sound is so convincingly raw and vicious it blows nice guys like Fishbone right off the airwaves. Onstage, however, it could be different; it's worth checking out. (And I hope a solid mix of south-side and north-side homeboys will show up to give Schoolly the lie.) Tonight, 7:30 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/John Scarpati.

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