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LARS at the Shelter, 5 Things To Know
LARS is nothing less than a meeting of two Detroit rap heavyweights.
The group pairs Bizarre from D12 with horrorcore veteran King Gordy for a cheerfully irreverent rhyme fest that‚Äôs culminated in the duo‚Äôs just-released debut album ‚ÄúLast American Rock Stars.‚ÄĚ Separately they each have storied histories and reputations; together they‚Äôve created something new, and different, for both. And Bizarre tells us has LARS has legs that will take it well into the future...
‚ÄĘ Bizarre (nee Rufus Johnson), 42, says by phone that he and Gordy ‚Äúhave been friends for, like, 10 years now. We always wanted to do a project together, but we were busy -- I was working on my solo stuff and D12 and he was working on his solo stuff and Fat Killahz. Finally we got enough time to do it and went for it.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ The pair actually demoed some songs five years ago, according to Bizarre, but the material ‚Äúsounded kinda rushed.‚ÄĚ Pairing with producer Five Mile last year helped bring LARS into focus. ‚ÄúMaybe like a year ago (Gordy) told me he had found this producer, this kid from southwest Detroit,‚ÄĚ Bizarre remembers. ‚ÄúI did and he had some pretty fresh, grimy beats that inspired us and gave us a sound and theme for our album. Once we did, like, four or five songs in an hour in his basement we just thought we‚Äôd finish the project.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ LARS‚Äô collective personality is ‚Äúsomething different‚ÄĚ for both Bizarre and King Gordy. ‚ÄúEverybody expects stuff that‚Äôs super-crazy and way out there, so we wanted to show people that we can be versatile,‚ÄĚ Bizarre says. Among the most surprising tracks was ‚ÄúI Believe I Can Fly,‚ÄĚ produced by Bizarre‚Äôs D12 groupmate Denaun Porter. ‚ÄúGordy‚Äôs talking about getting shot five times and surviving, and I‚Äôm talking about growing up with asthma and going to the hospital, like, every week‚ÄĚ Bizarre says. ‚ÄúWe kinda got personal on that song. Nobody had ever really heard that from us before.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ In addition to LARS, Bizarre is working with Twiztid‚Äôs Magik Ninja Entertainment on a reality TV show that will feature him ‚Äúgoing around to bizarre festivals in the world, just having fun there and participating -- like mosquito eating contests, cow (dung) throwing contests. You look around and there‚Äôs a ton of ‚Äėem. It‚Äôs still in development, but it‚Äôll be a lot of fun.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ D12 has been inactive since group founder Proof died during 2006. But Bizarre says that ‚Äúantyhing‚Äôs possible. If it happens it‚Äôll be up to Mr. Porter and (Eminem), whenever they‚Äôre ready for it to happen. If they call me, I‚Äôm there do it.‚ÄĚ
If You Go
‚ÄĘ Friday, Feb. 23. Doors open at 7 p.m.
‚ÄĘ The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
‚ÄĘ Tickets are $5.
‚ÄĘ Call 313-961-8137 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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