Christopher "Coolout" Davis before he packs up and heads to the East Coast. It's sort of bittersweet, in that this city is losing one of its most talented and innovative hip hop artists, but on the other hand, he's heading to Philly, where there's a much bigger audience for his avant-rap stylings. Good for him, shitty for us--but whatevs, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
If you're unfamiliar with Coolout's resume, if you missed any of his classic residencies like the Boom Bap or Funky Good Time you can check out the feature I wrote back in February. In his 10 years on the scene Coolout has rocked more than forty venues, recorded and released seven full length albums, dropped shit-tons of bootlegs and remixes and rocked thousands of asses on the dancefloor. The dude has been insanely productive in his time here and the void he'll leave will be huge. But who knows, maybe Philly will give him the props (and record deal) he deserves--either way, we wish him well and hope that he remembers us when it's time to send out promos. Check out "Leaving" from his album The Long Goodbye:
Coolout's last hometown throwdown is tonight at Blue Bar on Broadway, probably sometime around 10 p.m., and it'll probably cost you a couple of clams. Also, be sure to add his blog to your newsreader so you don't miss any of his hot chops, news and bootlegs.
Update: Read a review of the show here, courtesy of The Spin.