Ten best hip-hop shows in Denver this month
BIG BOI @ CERVANTES' | TUES, 5/7/13
Since Speakerboxxx/The Love Below showcased Outkast's individual talents, André 3000 has generally been regarded as the auteur of the duo. And while that might be true, there's something to be said for consistency, as Big Boi proves on his latest, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty... Big Boi's sound is frenetic and quirky enough not to confused with merely being a throwback, and Lucious Left Foot is, if anything, more contemporary-sounding and more eclectic than his first solo effort. And the "too artsy" tag: Pretty groundless. In spite of its eclecticism, the record is nothing if not accessible. (Sharing a bill with Killer Mike, Big Boi will also be performing at the Aggie Theatre on Wednesday, May 8.)
TECH N9NE @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 5/18/13
Tech is an incredibly gifted rapper technically and a good lyricist, but the most impressive thing about his rise from obscurity to being a household name has been that he's done it by himself, without the help of a major label. He's always traveling, which you've probably noticed, as Denver is one of his favorite places to come, and by all accounts, he puts on an incredible live show -- so incredible that he was famously said to be lip synching by the L.A. Times, an accusation he didn't take kindly to. To say that Tech is one of the hardest working rappers is an understatement. He's one of the hardest working musicians, period.
LOGIC @ FOX THEATRE | THURS, 5/23/13
Logic is a part of the new generation of rappers quickly gaining traction thanks to masses of young fans across the country finding common ground on the internet. Unlike many other internet sensations, Logic is a legitimate, serious lyricist with more raw rhyming talent than personality, not that he has a lack of that, either. Logic was recently picked by XXL as one of 2013's Freshman class along with other standouts Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson. (Logic will also be at the Aggie Theatre on Friday, April 24 and the Black Sheep on Saturday, April 25.)