Buzz Box: DVS

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Buzz Box: DVS

Dangerous Mindz
First, Mi6 took a negative review from Pitch music critic Jeff Brown and turned the angst into a three-minute punk/pop gem that's been the number-one song on Garageband.com for weeks. Now another local outfit has used such alleged player-hating from Pitch scribes as the impetus for a series of brutal freestyle rhymes at the recent sold-out Wu Tang Clan show at Liberty Hall. After reading aloud a segment of former staff writer Shawn Edwards' cover story "One More Chance," which read in part, "None of the groups, including rap veterans DVS Mindz from Topeka, captured the crowd's attention," the group unleashed a stream of furious lyrical venom, which was prefaced by such quips as If you see Shawn Edwards, slap him.

"He's got a newspaper to talk shit on us, and I've got a stage and a microphone so I can let people know how I feel about him," says Killa the Hun of his group's impromptu sermon, which featured some audience participation as the DVS crew asked fans whether they agreed with Edwards' words. Luckily for them, they didn't.

"It's all right not to like us, just don't be smiling in our faces and saying something else when we turn around," continues the Killa, adding that the group felt singled out in Edwards' article because it was the only non-Kansas-City-affiliated act to perform and because it was the only group mentioned by name.

"As you keep reading the article, he goes into this other part, about most of the local artists calling the crowd motherfuckers and getting women to dance on stage for strip-club antics," continues the Killa. "He talks about groups degrading women, and all of that came right after he said our name and made it sound like we were the ones doing all that, but we never get people on stage or call the crowd motherfuckers or get women on stage to strip.

"When DVS shows up, DVS shows up, and we get down, and that's it. We don't need all that extra shit, or we would have had dancers years ago." Indeed, DVS Mindz is among the small handful of local rap groups that don't depend on gyrating thighs and taped vocals to get them through a set, so being singled out of a long list of lesser acts for a subpar five-minute set and associated with "strip club" antics made that Topeka-induced chip on their shoulder a little hard to handle.

"He stepped on our toes and punked us in that article," claims the Killa, "so we could either step up or lay down like cowards, and we're not about that, so we went toe to toe on Monday and let everyone know how we felt about him." Rest assured, Killa -- now they know.

Critics and fans everywhere will get the next chance to appraise DVS Mindz on September 3 at the Granada in Lawrence, when the group supports fellow members of the lean Top City rap scene, the Thug Mafia, at their CD release party.

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