The ten best hip-hop shows in Denver in June
GETO BOYS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 6/22/13
When it comes to the history of hip-hop in the Dirty South, it begins with Geto Boys and their self-titled, Rick Rubin-produced debut. The group had existed, though with a different cast, since '86, but it wasn't until the turn of the decade -- when it got major distribution and released We Can't Be Stopped -- that the outfit turned heads on a national level. The Geto Boys' success was the blueprint for virtually any Southern hip-hop success story until the Dungeon Family featuring Goodie Mob and OutKast paved a different path mid-decade.
KS 107.5 SUMMER JAM @ FIDDLER'S GREEN | FRI, 6/7/13
The KS 107.5 Summer Jam features a star-studded lineup of some of rap's hottest artists, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose song "Thrift Shop" has absolutely ransacked airwaves across America, 2 Chainz, whose studio debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story, has already gone gold, and Future, who has revived auto-tune with his infectious, spaced-out style. The bill is rounded out by J. Cole, Wale, Trey Songz and B. Smyth.
LOGIC @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | TUE, 6/11/13
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.
GRIEVES @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | SAT, 6/22/13
One in a long line of Rhymesayers entertainers to keep alive the tradition of self-reflective poetic rap, Grieves headlines the official after party for this year's Westword Music Showcase. Grieves crafts dark, visceral images that imbue his music with a tender sadness that sticks in your gut long after the music stops. Prof and Black Actors share the bill on what is sure to be an exciting cap to an epic show.