Oh, you still need proof there's a vibrant hip-hop scene in your own backyard? Silly, go to The Pour House
in Raleigh Thursday for the first in a month-long series of three beat battles
. It's one beat versus another as producers square up and see whose stuff gets the people the most piqued. The Pour House isn't generally regarded as a hip-hop club, but its all-inclusive stance has fostered a strong relationship with 21st Records
, the local label responsible for these battles and a constant supply of emcee battles and hip-hop showcases in the Triangle. The second round of the battle happens Dec. 22, followed by the ultimate "Superbeat I" on Dec. 29. For more, see www.21strecords.com
. Tickets are $7, and the beats drop at 11 p.m.