9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thesocial.org | free-$5
Pizza can be a powerfully uniting force. But what happens when you take the deliveryman’s most common offering and approach it more as a lifestyle than a lifestyle choice? That’s what local rapper Mr. 3 has pondered for years, and now he might have finally discovered the answer.
“Pizza Posse is more of an idea than a group of people,” Mr. 3 says. “It’s more of a state of mind. And pizza isn’t literally just about physical bread, sauce, cheese, toppings. It’s a whole lot deeper than that. It’s more of a philosophy, rather than just eating pizza, even though eating pizza was part of the genesis.”
An insular collective of friends who got matching tattoos in 2009 to identify as the Pizza Posse morphed into a local party movement when Mr. 3 started rapping informally at a house party hosted by DJ Frankasaurus Fresh in 2011. A deeply schooled hip-hop fan, Mr. 3 found freestyling came naturally to him, and he mustered the gumption to challenge himself to put actual effort into a talent he says came without any. The result was a crop of sold-out shows at indie venues like Backbooth and the Space. And since every good rapper needs a clique, Pizza Posse fell in line behind Mr. 3 to support the notion that what started as an inside joke among friends had the appeal to attract a much wider audience.
Now, the party may have found a permanent home as a monthly fixture at the Social. On Thursday, Nov. 6, Pizza Posse and Big Grape Entertainment will hold the inaugural Talk Yo Shit!, a wild DJ night meant to fill the void left by Bar-BQ Bar’s ladies night and inject versatility into downtown’s nightlife options (facebook.com/talkyoshitorlando).
“I always wanted my own night downtown,” says Mr. 3 (aka Yung Anne Hathaway, DJ Fiona Trapple). “Because I just feel like a whole lot of the events downtown are super mad corny and/or only catering to a specific demo. And there’s a wide gap of people not being catered to.”
He describes his intended audience for the night – which will feature DJs, live entertainment, stage installations by Shine Shed, and visuals provided by Frankasaurus Fresh – as crowds who are “slightly educated but still down to get ratchet.” One glimpse at photos from Mr. 3’s birthday party at Backbooth, known as Harrypalooza (photos.orlandoweekly.com), and you’ll pick up on the off-kilter, get-freaky vibe he seeks for TYS. Beyond the desire to create a lively showcase of local culture, Mr. 3 is out to prove that Orlando is worth sticking around for.
“Not everyone in this city is lame,” Mr. 3 says. “Some of us are cultured. Some of us read books. Some of us are accepting and loving of everyone. We just want to embrace the human experience as much as possible and have fun with each other.”
With $5 wristbands he’s dubbed “trippy bands” to keep drinks cheap, TYS boasts drink specials rarely found downtown ($2.50 wells, $3.50 calls and premiums). If you don’t buy the band, entry is free (for 21 and up) but you forego drink specials.
As Mr. 3’s fans know, he’s a rapper with a biting sense of humor and only the finest tastes – his hilariously discerning Facebook rants on pop culture have found the rapper on the front page of Reddit on multiple occasions – so when Mr. 3 delivers, everybody tends to want a slice of the action. His indulgent new mixtape, No Fux, drops on Nov. 11 (stream it online now at orlandoweekly.com). It reiterates his mantra that no-fucks-given environments manifest creative culture, because people aren’t afraid to let loose and showcase individuality.
“Sometimes, in the right incubated environment, people can make some cool, cool stuff,” Mr. 3 says. “But a lot of people aren’t in the correct environment to let their freak flag fly.”
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