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Despite all of the fine hiphop produced in the last decade of the 20th century, some of the shittiest rap songs of that era still get the most spins, probably because they’re the easiest to dance to. So until the music of this decade produces some wretched party jams of its own, we will have to endure the works of Tone
Loøc,Young MC, and Coolio at various festive functions. When “Bust a Move” or “Wild Thing” comes on, there’s only one thing to do—get on the dance floor and laugh about how pathetic the songs that used to rock your high-school dances now seem. But Black Sheep’s “The Choice Is Yours” is the rare hiphop hit from that era that encourages dancing yet isn’t corny—a welcome blast from the past. “Engine, engine, number nine…”: That break never fails to loosen the stance of the hardest guy in the place. Though rapper Dres and producer Mister Lawnge all but disappeared after releasing a mid-’90s sophomore album, they’re now back on the scene, crispy and clean, to promote a new album and give fans new and old the chance to listen to that signature track as it was meant to be heard—that is, not sandwiched between hits by MC Hammer and PM Dawn. Watch the Sheep pick it up, pick it up, pick it up with DJ Golden Chyld and DJ Z-Trip at 8:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15. (202) 397-7328. (Sarah Godfrey)