Ten best hip-hop shows in Denver this month
7. SOLE @ MOON ROOM AT SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | THU, 2/28
Most everything about Sole is unsettling: his combative look, his stubbornly opaque lyrics, his frequent refusal to rhyme, his political leanings, which can only be classified as extreme -- and maybe a little too real for comfort. As he demonstrated with his latest album, A Ruthless Critique of Everything Existing and before, Sole isn't afraid to piss on everything as long as he gets his point across. But, judging by the positive response Sole has gotten, maybe the establishment likes a little abuse.
6. DJ VADIM @ CERVANTES' OTHER SIDE | THU, 2/7
Renowned for his work with the Roots, Dilated Peoples and Slug, DJ Vadim has also worked with Stevie Wonder, Kraftwerk and Sly and the Family Stone -- yeah he's been around that long, but as one of the busiest cats on the planet and having just released Don't Be Scared last October, he doesn't show signs of slowing. Vadim has been all around the world, and it shows; he takes elements from cultures of all types and blends them into beautiful hip-hop beats.
5. LATYRX @ OGDEN THEATRE | SUN, 2/17
Latyrx (Lateef the Truthspeaker and Lyrics Born) hasn't made an album since The Album more than fifteen years ago. So why should anybody care that they're touring? Well, besides creating a rap album a decade and a half old that sounds advanced today, Latyrx recently started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for The Second Album, which unfortunately seems to have failed. But who knows, maybe the guys can scrape up enough cash from touring to give it another go. Here's to hoping.