Ten best hip-hop shows in Denver this month
FLOBOTS @ AGGIE THEATRE | FRI, 5/3/13
Half a decade after releasing the platinum single "Handlebars," which made rounds on radios across the country, the Flobots have grown significantly, both as a musical group and as a philanthropic force within the Denver community. Since parting ways with Universal Records after the lukewarm reception of the Flobots' second major release, Survival Story, the group has released Circle In the Square, a fresh start from a familiar position -- as underdogs -- a position that they're probably more comfortable with anyway. (Flobots are also slated to appear at the Black Sheep on Saturday, May 4.)
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THREE LOCO @ CERVANTES' | FRI, 5/17/13
If you take rap really seriously, don't go to this show. Consisting of internet phenomenon RiFF RaFF, ex-porn star Dirt Nasty and manchild Andy Milonakis, nothing here will resemble the pure art of emceeing developed in New York in the late '70s. That's not to say that the group isn't talented, and certainly not to say that show won't be entertaining. It will - so long as you appreciate sophomoric humor, dick jokes, non-sequitor and absurdity.
ANDRE NICKATINA @ CERVANTES' | SUN, 5/5/13
Close friend of fellow San Francisco legend Mac Dre, the two shared a love of cocaine and a similar rapping style full of that bubbly personality the Bay Area is known for. Nickatina never found too much commercial success and is probably best remembered for the incessantly catchy "Ayo for Yayo," but he is a well-rounded and prolific MC who has been working the underground for years. (Andre Nickatina is also due at the Aggie Theater on Saturday, May 4.)
JUICY J @ CERVANTES' | TUES, 5/28/13
Founded by Juicy J, Three 6 Mafia cultivated one of hip-hop's most distinctive and alluring aesthetics -- dark and exciting, disturbing yet entrancing. In 2006, the group won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," from the film Hustle & Flow. Though the group has stopped making music, Juicy J remains influential as a producer, hypeman and occasional rapper, working especially well with rappers like Wiz Khalifa and Future. On this date, he appears with A$AP Ferg.