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Shawn Carter, Holy Fail

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
What I saw in Carter’s ascendancy was lemmings swimming toward someone else’s manifestation of their own wet dreams of gaudy consumerism. If hypertension, diabetes and heart disease won’t kill black folks, then grabbing for luxury items someone else convinces us we need will.  

Aesop Rock

Feb. 20 Thompson House

0 Comments · Monday, February 18, 2013
Aesop’s Indie style is reminiscent of early Beck while his rumbling vocal rasp and brilliant sense of wordplay leans in the direction of Mike Doughty, not to mention the MC’s numerous Hip Hop heroes.  

Pro Era

Aug. 11 • Riverbend Music Center

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The group’s centerpiece is undoubtedly Joey Bada$$, an MC whose style of smart lyrical firepower harkens back to 1990s Hip Hop, even though Bada$$ didn’t exist until the middle of that decade.   

Michael Franti & Spearhead

July 18 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, July 15, 2013
For all intents and purposes, Michael Franti’s songs should be considered World music. While coming up playing Punk in the group The Beatnigs and then moving on to Hip Hop sounds, Franti’s musical journey continues to evolve while retaining attributes of all of those grooves.   

Work Hard, Play Hard, Get Better

Wiz Khalifa adds new dimensions to his tales of “smoking, chillin’, partying and feeling good”

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 2, 2013
 O.N.I.F.C. feels like the logical next step in Khalifa’s development and ability to blend Hip Hop mentality with Pop melody. Tracks like “The Plan” (featuring Juicy J), “Let It Go” (featuring Akon) and “No Limit” are among the songs that feature sleek, synthesized melodies that flow around rapped vocals.   

Nappy Roots

May 29 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
There are more than a few surprises in the long and fairly illustrious timeline of Nappy Roots. The Hip Hop collective first assembled in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1995, and then spent the next four years honing their craft and sharpening their skills.    

Machine Gun Kelly

April 25 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Hip Hop sensation Richard Colson Baker, better known as Machine Gun Kelly (or MGK), announced his current Lace Up tour in novel fashion; he became his own street team.   

Ill Poetic

March 9 • Mainstay Rock Bar

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
In the short amount of time it takes to get through the EP Synesthesia: The Yellow Movement (just under 24 minutes), Ill Poetic takes the listener on a funky, soulful trip through his creative process.   

Mod Sun

Feb. 19 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, February 11, 2013
Mod Sun works a feel-good genre angle he’s dubbed Hippy Hop that runs on sunshine, positive vibrations and righteous herb. His infectious positivity and zest for living makes him Hip Hop’s Andrew WK.     

Astronautalis with Why?

Feb. 8 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, February 4, 2013
Typically, a musician's choice of touring partners says much about him or her. Exhibit A: Astronautalis. The Virginia-born, Seattle-via-Minneapolis rapper, born Andy Bothwell, has shared bills with Tegan and Sara, k-os, Flobots, Bleubird, Sims and Busdriver.    

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