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Friday, March 21, 2008

No one wins at Apache's final Mic Club

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BEST OF YESTERYEAR: Mic Club didn't go out without a fight.

Mic Club — the weekly event hosted and promoted by Dres the Beatnik at Apache Cafe — gave up the ghost this past Tuesday before a packed house full of faithful followers.

The weekly show was canceled when Apache owner, Asa Fain and Dres couldn't come to an agreement about Dres' compensation. After a few circulated emails, with both men defending their decisions, things came to a head Tuesday.

Before the battles began, Dres took the mic, reminiscing about the event and its numerous helpers and supporters, proudly adding that for the past six years the show always went on — rain, sleet or snow. He also mentioned that 10 million DVDs had been sold that chronicled Mic Club, bellowing that the "World Famous Mic Club will never die!"

The words "love and loyalty" were repeatedly slipped into his diatribe, as he not so subtly suggested that he was shown none by the Apache owners.

"The only thing we ask is that you take care of the people that take care of you, and that's why we're at this point now," he said.

Despite the original idea behind the event, the mediocre emcees were mostly props for Mic Club's colorful ending. Shortly after 2 a.m., Dres got onstage for the final battle, but ended up sidetracked, deciding instead to talk about his troubled relationship with Apache.

At that point, Asa grabbed the mic from the soundboard at the back of the club, urging Dres to "talk about it" with him, before getting on stage and suggesting that Dres wasn't telling the entire story.

He then said that Dres wanted "20 percent of the bar and kitchen, and 100 percent of the door," which made no sense for him business-wise.

Dres, with the support of the crowd, insisted that if it weren't for Mic Club, no one would know of the Apache. Asa reminded Dres that it was Asa's and the late DJ Ox's idea in the first place. Agitated, Dres let the crowd speak, who animatedly declared that they loved Mic Club, throwing cups toward the stage at Asa.

Finally, bested by the crowd, Asa left the stage and the crowd, and Dres continued to share memories about the event.

In the end, Asa and Dres' verbal sparring trumped the emcees' — and no rapper was declared a winner for the night.

A fitting finale to an event that thrived on battles.

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