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Seven Questions with Kenan Bell, Teacher by Day/Rapper by Night

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Kenan Bell, known as Mr. Bell to his students, performs tonight at the Key Club opening for De La Soul.
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LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email.Today's subject is Kenan Bell.

When Kenan Bell isn't in the classroom of a local Montessori school teaching youngsters language arts, he's on stage schooling crowds with his own unique brand of hip-hop that blends indie-rock with electronica, a style URB called "his very own genre of nu-gaze, emo-hip-hop." In March, the La Crescenta native put on full display his eclectic musical taste and range when he dropped the “Good News: The Mix-Tape,” which features remixes of songs by artists as wide-ranging as Pink Floyd, Lily Allen, Gang Gang Dance, Jose Gonzalez, Peter, Bjorn & John, Duran Duran, and Neil Diamond. Yes, you read that right, Neil Diamond.

LAist was lucky enough to exchange emails with Bell who has been out on the road touring with hip-hop legends, De La Soul. Tonight the tour rolls into West Hollywood, where you'll find the 6'5 frame of Bell, who prides himself on his live shows backed by a full indie band, rocking the Key Club stage.