When our current crop of hopefuls was still in elementary school, Asheru and Sub-Z were bringing D.C. hip-hop to those who didn't know it existed. After dropping solid releases in the '90s indie hip-hop canon as one half of Unspoken Heard, Asheru took his lyrical skills to the classroom; he used hip-hop in the curriculum by day while still spitting darts at night. Meanwhile, Sub-Z toured internationally with Opus Akoben and Steve Coleman and helped found Freestyle Union. It's been a while since Sub-Z spit rhymes around these parts, since when he's not crafting beat soundscapes or developing his electronica/rock hybrid ThayloBleu, he's exhibiting his paintings and sculpture. The two take it back to classic U Street hip-hop days tonight at BloomBars.-- Rhome Anderson (Nov. 2009)
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