Upcoming shows you should check out
MOS… UH, YASIIN BEY AND SLICK RICK: ONE NIGHT ONLY
For a one-off, the pairing of Yasiin Bey and Slick Rick this Friday at the LJVM is novel, but not entirely without precedent. Bey, who of course was known for the past 20-plus years as Mos Def, brought Rick the Ruler onto his 2009 album The Ecstatic for an instant classic called “The Auditorium,” a track that simultaneously highlighted Bey’s superlative rhythm-sparring skills while making a home for another pointed narrative from one of hip hop’s all-time great storytellers. Years before that, Bey and associate Talib Kweli took Rick’s classic “Children’s Story” and made it into an anti-materialist manifesto on their Black Star debut in 1998. There is not, however, a huge precedent of the two legends performing together, though it would be a shame if they didn’t seize the opportunity. Tickets start at $27.50 and go up to $85.00, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
YOU SAY NO TO RATCHET SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS, DANNY BROWN CAN’T
Lyrically, the left-field Detroit rapper is raunchier than 2 Live Crew ever even knew how to be, but the guy who penned songs like “Head for Free” and “Radio Head” isn’t all bluster. Fans at his Minneapolis show last Friday got their money’s worth when one lady admirer jumped on stage and proceeded to do the unthinkable mid-song. Amazingly enough, in the age where songs are written wishing that audiences would put away their phones during a show, only a single, blurry shot of the deed has made its way onto the internet. Even more amazing is that, by all accounts, Brown didn’t even miss a bar. So yeah, in the spirit of one-upmanship, Brown’s Old & Reckless tour stop at Greene Street Club this Friday night could prove more eventful than the standard issue bangers that occur every time he touches a stage. At the very least, those $75 meet-and-greet tickets are suddenly looking a little more appealing. General admission tickets are $16 and VIP tickets are $35, and the show starts at 9 p.m. with Beau Young Prince and Kitty.
STILL TRIPPY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
Everything that was just said about Danny Brown being a filthy, degenerate, hell of a good time, the same goes double for Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J. The 38-year old Juicy J is a tremendous louche with a history of attracting police attention during his Triad stops — during his Greene Street Club performance last April, cops shook down his tour bus to find it full of stoned coeds. Even if he only raps about the things that Danny Brown actually does, at least his track “Bandz a Maker Her Dance” is guaranteed to be played in strip clubs until the end of time. Sure, he comes off like a straight-up reprobate on record, but in a fun-loving, hypermasculine kind of way that’s as likely to be found as the soundtrack to a suburban patio party as it is rattling the shotgun next to the 12s in the trunk of a 1970 Lincoln Continental. And if that’s not enough, he’ll always have that Academy Award. He’ll return to Greene Street Club next Wednesday, May 8 with A$AP Ferg in tow, who’s like the U-God of the A$AP Mob. Tickets are $30 and the show starts at 10 p.m.