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BBU Prep For Debut

By Veronica Murtagh in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 19, 2010 9:20PM

2010_02_BBU.jpg Chicago's BBU aren't just another party rap act. BBU, short for Bin Laden Blowin' Up (or sometimes Black, Brown and Ugly) is Epic, Jasson and Illekt, and their mission is simple; to educate and celebrate through music. Their politically charged, socially aware rhymes and unrelenting juke beats have been blasting speakers from the South Side to the Pitchfork offices. They're a trio of modest egos, who push the idea that the soundtrack to a sweaty, wild dancefloor can, and should, come with a powerful message.

Bridging genres and demographics, BBU gathered much local steam across 2009, leaving us all wondering when we could expect a recorded taste of the act. Come March 1, we'll get our chance with the release of BBU's first mixtape, Fear of a Clear Channel Planet. Ruby Hornet and Dub Frequency will be presenting a release party on Saturday, February 27 at Subterranean and it features live performances from BBU, Mic Terror. The ODD Couple and Blah Blah Blah with DJ support from Ghetto Teks (Gantman, Rashad and Spinn), Skyler, Willy Joy, RTC, Stefan Ponce and Esquire.

We suggest sneakers, not heels. Chi don't dance no more. All we do is juke!

Fear of a Clear Channel Planet release party, Saturday, February 27, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., 9:30 p.m., $5 with RSVP, 17+.