The truth is I really want to love this place. I absolutely love to drink and brew beer. I live downtown and the Barrio Brewery is easily walking distance from my house. It's got a really great environment. The Problem is the beer is just so terrible. Literally every single beer they make is criminally wrong. The from the IPA to the Porters and Stouts everything is just off (and it's hard to screw up a stout). Beyond that the beer actually makes me ill. Every time I go there and have more than one or two beers I get sick. I also know other people who have said the same thing.
If your not a beer connoisseur then head on over. If you are, do yourself a favor and order a shot of tequila with your burger.
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David, I find your argument belittling of the broad and serious implications that gentrification has on a community like downtown Tucson. Your right. The Grill closed for many reasons. Who cares? But gentrification displaces less fortunate and marginalized members of the community, that are the very reason Tucson is what it is today. The Grill closing is not the potential problem with what is happening in downtown Tucson. When important cultural establishments can no longer operate due to high costs or their perceived "shittiness" that is a problem, and will continue to be so. When families that have called the downtown area home for many generations are viewed as making an area "shitty", that is a problem. And that is what is happening in Tucson, whether you want to admit it or not.
Blending hip hop and reggae music has been around for quite some time as Jamaicans in brought hip hop with them to NYC (check out U Roy, Big Youth, Dennis Alcapone). When I first heard about this album I thought it had great potential to be A) a stepping stone for more recognition of modern Jamaican music in American pop culture, and B) An opportunity for an established rapper to put out a conscious Africa centered album. I feel the results are mediocre at best. Don't get me wrong a handful of the songs are top quality. The album starts on a high note with As We Enter which has an early 90's - late 80's Supercat raw dancehall kinda feel. Thing is they never get back to the form they have in "As We Enter". Let me rephrase that, Nas never regains his form. The only other track that Nas delivers on is "Nah Mean". This is Damian show. The track "Friends" starts off with a great melodic feel and Nas's verse ruins the track. I feel like this was more of an opportunity for Damian to do a hip-hop style album than it was for Nas to do a dancehall style album.
Nuff Said, Rasta Bless
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