Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Pierre "Keyz" Parker, 1988-2009
Local rapper Keyz was murdered Sunday morning.
Beyond the unspeakable nature of this and other all-too-common tragedies, two minor coincidences have left me rattled. Earlier that evening I parked on the street next to Grand Slam Liquors. Parker was shot nearby just a few hours later. The next day, still oblivious to the murder, I happened to toss this Keyz promotional flyer into my bag at 7th Heaven. Eerie.
The Pitch ran a music-oriented story and a crime-oriented piece. Here's a death notice in the Star.
This track from Keyz's latest mixtape, based on a Minnie Ripperton sample, isn't great, but it's typical of the post-Fat Tone sound that's still favored by the majority of Kansas City's rappers. In this context, of course, the track's thuggish nature makes for difficult listening.
I loved Tony Bennett's effort last Saturday night. I also reviewed The People's Liberation Big Band on Friday.
Kansas City Click: The New Vintage Big Band assembles tonight at BB's Lawnside BBQ.
(Note: I'm uncertain of this track's title and of Parker's year of birth.)