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Jonny Virgo

Devil's Brew

(Magic Eye; US: 1 May 2007; UK: 1 May 2007)

I always thought Slick Rick’s “A Children’s Story”, though masterful, was a peculiar choice for a bedtime story. I wonder if Slick Rick honestly thought his young listeners would get a good night’s sleep after hearing this: a tale of a 17-year-old’s descent into crime (robbery, resisting arrest, kidnapping) after succumbing to peer pressure. And he gets shot and killed by the police in the end!


Well, in 2007, UK hip-hop artist Jonny Virgo brings us a different cautionary tale, but with a smooth flow and imagery every bit as haunting as Slick Rick’s. “Devil’s Brew” is an entertaining hip-hop-meets-pop affair, complete with alien abductions and possible one-night stands. That’s “possible one-night stands” because the speaker in Virgo’s rhyme can’t remember what happened the night before, all because he overindulged in alcohol. If he ever did remember, he claims the experience “would probably be censored”.


This first person account of drunken mayhem emphasizes the woes of over-consumption without coming off like a know-it-all lecture. It’s a “Don’t Do What I Did” speech, but way more fun. With two appearances of “Devil’s Brew” (an edited version and an explicit version), this single should create quite a buzz for Virgo’s debut, The Secret Diary.

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Quentin Huff is an attorney, writer, visual artist, and professional tennis player who lives and works in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University School of Law, he enjoys practicing entertainment law. When he's not busy suing people or giving other people advice on how to sue people, he writes novels, short stories, poetry, screenplays, diary entries, and essays. Quentin's writing appears, or is forthcoming, in: Casa Poema, Pemmican Press, Switched-On Gutenberg, Defenestration, Poems Niederngasse, and The Ringing Ear, Cave Canem's anthology of contemporary African American poetry rooted in the South. His family owns and operates Huff Art Studio, an art gallery specializing in fine art, printing, and graphic design. Quentin loves Final Fantasy videogames, Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, his mother Earnestine, PopMatters, and all things Prince.


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