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.