Culver City kid VerBS featured tonight at LACMA's hip hop concert

Let me introduce to you one of the treasures of the Los Angeles community, a Culver City kid and Hamilton High grad: Verbs.

This youngster has made quite an underground impact with his rhymes and his eclectic music tastes. I love his honest and often humorous takes on life in LA, taking public transportation, new found feelings of commitment and the challenges of growing up today, which he lays over smooth beats and sometimes a live band.

But I've gotten to know him because he chooses to be involved in so many worthwhile activities. I run into him all the time both as a citizen of Los Angeles and as a roving reporter.

That was him rapping on the sidewalk during Ciclavia. That was him manning a booth during the Expo Line opening. That's him mentoring South LA youth. He was there at the genesis of Leimert Park Art Walk. He leads a weekly open mic at KAOS in Leimert Park. He rides his bike across the city with THE FMLY. For the Pan African Film Festival in Culver City, he passes out fliers.

Now he's getting a bit of mainstream props - from none other than the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. LA's other undergound rap sensation (and there are many worthy figures) MURS invited Verbs, People under the Stairs and Skeme to star in tonight's installment of a new concert series at LACMA that explores contemporary Los Angeles hip hop, with an emphasis on the diversity of L.A.-based artists.

Verbs latest, The Progress EP3: Manifest Awesome, drops later this month.

BP Grand Entrance
$10 LACMA Members | $15 General Admission | 323 857-6010 or purchase online
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