peddles his new CD, Mr. Never Quit: Volume 1, as he opens for rappers the Kottonmouth Kings and Big B during tonight's show in Cleveland. The disc sums up the Miami-born, self-anointed "hot sauce to hip-hop" Dirtbag's take on becoming a spitboxer. "I contradict myself a lot, and I sound hypocritical," he says. "But you can take me two ways. You can either say, 'Damn, that man's stupid,' or 'Damn, he's real.'" Oh, he's the real deal: Since winning a talent contest in 1996, Dirtbag has counted rappers Three 6 Mafia and beatmistress Monica among his sessionmates in the studio. Dirtbag performs at 7 p.m. Monday, November 26, at House of Blues, 308 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $22. Call 216-523-2583.
Mon., Nov. 26, 7 p.m., 2007