Most of Carabar’s early hip-hop years involved the pioneering efforts of Greenhouse Effect and a transition away from the Bernie’s scene of the late ’90s and early 2000s. Most of Carabar’s early hip-hop years involved the and a transition away from the Bernie’s scene of the late ’90s and early 2000s.
The Olde Towne East hideout became a purveyor of local acts, while Skully’s mainly stuck to larger, more wide-scale hip-hop outfits. While local MCs and DJs perform at both venues, Carabar and its bi-monthly series, Buggin’ Out, have made a mark by mixing a little of the national with familiar acts from down the street.
Show creators/promoters Karrio “Zerostar” Ballard and Derrick Hill aka DJ Pos2 created the series to showcase some of Columbus’ best and also create a transition from the capital city’s earlier hip-hop days.
“We try to reach out to everybody, and that’s one of the things we talked about when we created it,” Ballard said. “We didn’t want it to be … the same five [performers] and have the same 50 people … come out for them. We wanted to expand beyond that.”
Hitting its three-year anniversary Friday, the event brings out a mix of performers to its stage. Buggin’ Out #19 will feature headliner and former Little Brother member Rapper Big Pooh — one of the largest acts the budding show series has showcased so far.
“This show has the potential of being my favorite even among all the shows we’ve done in the past ’cause it’s a great line-up,” Hill said. “It’s a free Rapper Big Pooh show. What more could you ask for?”
Rapper Big Pooh is currently working on a collaborative project with Virginia producer Nottz entitled Home Sweet Home. And while Pooh said the project is almost finished, it’ll most likely be the classics coming from his mic Friday for what is expected to be a very “hip-hoppity” atmosphere.
“I expect a real live hip-hop crowd, one that wants to see a good show and see a good performance,” Rapper Big Pooh said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about Columbus anyway so I’m definitely looking forward to it.”