The Hype: Thanks to the likes of Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger and Warren G, the bar for Long Beach rappers sits pretty high. Those who step to the mic and claim the city better bring it; hip-hop fans in the 562 know the good shit from the bad. Fortunately, underground emcees Philieano, Tony Tigerstyle, Kris Ransom and Cannibal--Friday's performers at Rhythm Lounge--are artists who can hold their own, even if they haven't received a call yet from Dr. Dre.
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Perhaps because of the unfortunate stereotype that everyone and everything hip-hop revolves around aggression, those who bumped into each other were overly apologetic and made hand gestures and eye contact as if to say, "Sorry, dude. We're cool. I really didn't mean to hit your elbow. Please, let's not fight." This resulted in a highly enthusiastic mixed crowd on the dance floor that got busy whenever the DJ played anything off Snoop's eternally coolDoggystyle