When: Fri., June 21 2013
rap, 9 p.m.
We know we’re supposed to be talking about Kanye West and nothing else this week, seeing as how he just dropped a new disc, Yeezus, and his baby momma just dropped a baby, but, seriously, fuck that guy. We don’t know about you, but we’re tired of hearing about him and even more tired of listening to him. Not that there wasn’t a moment in time when Kanye was one of the best around — oh, let’s say around 2004 when The College Dropout hit the streets— but as an artist, he gave up his cred a long time ago. Which is why you should be listening to a guy like the Gift of Gab, who still has his. This Bay Area rapper has been one of the big stars of the indie hip-hop world since his band, Blackalicious, released their legendary debut Nia back in 1999. Since then, Blackalicious has knocked out a string of top-notch LPs, while the Gift of Gab has dropped a few solo efforts and collaborated with Galactic on their 2007 funksterpiece From the Corner to the Block. The Gift of Gab’s latest release, The Next Logical Progression, may not be of the same caliber as Blackalicious’ best, but it’s still worth a few hearty listens. —Chris Haire FRIDAY