As human beatboxes go, Rahzel got into the game fairly late — his first recording credit comes in 1993 (on a track with Raw Breed), a full decade after the arrival of the Fat Boys and Doug E. Fresh alike. One can imagine close friends at the dawn of the ‘90s worried, concerned, moved to inquire: But Rahzel, is there a future in beatboxing? Fifteen years later, he has proved that yes, there has been. Since his stint with The Roots, Rahzel has recorded with as diverse a pool of artists as Toots & The Maytals, Ben Harper, Robyn and Björk — to say nothing, of course, of his landmark 1999 LP, Make The Music 2000, which rips out of the speakers today as fresh as it did when you were rocking a Nokia. This one-off gig at Silk City with FM Radio and Attic Tapes is bound to be a blast. Just don’t go getting ideas that you have a future in beatboxing: As Rahzel proves, precious few are chosen.
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