DJ Abilities, whose real name is Gregory Keltgen, will perform tonight at the Sixth Avenue Gallery, 20 Sixth Ave. S.E.
DJ Abilities is a Minnesota-based hip-hop DJ affiliated with Rhymesayers Entertainment.
With his emcee partner, the late Eyedea, he formed the group known as Eyedea & Abilities, also known as E&A. He serves as the DJ for Semi.Official with Minneapolis rapper I Self Devine.
DJ Abilities is well-known in the Midwest for being one of the best battle DJs in the local scene, having won both the 1999 and 2001 DMC Regional championships, says a news release. He is also recognized as a talented producer. He and Eyedea were noted, above all, for their ability to interact in live onstage performances, as well as on record.
DJ Abilities served for some time as Atmosphere's backup/tour DJ, but chose to work more with the Eyedea-Abilities duo.
Before Eyedea & Abilities were an MC/DJ pair, they were Mike Averill and Gregory Max Keltgen, two friends from Minneapolis. In 1997, however, while still in high school, the duo began competing in the battle circuit, gaining recognition from high-profile wins at 1999's Scribble Jam and the 2000 HBO-televised Blaze-Battle World Championships, among others.
Despite rumors of possible deals with Puff Daddy or Eminem, Eyedea & Abilities chose to sign with fellow Minnesotans Rhymesayers, and released their debut album, First Born, in 2001. A departure from the battle raps they had previously done, 'First Born' was an introspective concept album musing about the state of hip-hop and life, according to a release. Their second album, E&A, came out in 2004.
The doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.