The best hip-hop shows in Denver this March
THU | SCHOOLBOY Q at OGDEN THEATRE | 3/27
Schoolboy Q just released Oxymoron, his latest album, to general acclaim. He has embraced a style that is dark and creative, using unique but effective beats and a persona that is difficult to put a finger on. He has definitely carved out a distinct identity at a vital point in his career where he will either be eclipsed by Kendrick Lamar or be able to stand beside him. From the sounds of Oxymoron, it's more likely the latter.
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The Grouch & Eligh incorporate elements of pop and alternative rock in their infectious brand of feel-good hip-hop. They never quite caught on nationally but have a huge fanbase locally and seem to be here all the time. This time, they stop by with Sweatshop Union, a politically-minded group of MCs and instrumentalists striving to put out positive music addressing real issues in a direct and honest way. Also performing at Three20South on March 4 and the Aggie Theatre on March 5.
In 2009, B.o.B announced that he was changing his name to Bobby Ray, pitting his two identities against each other on the mixtape B.o.B vs. Bobby Ray, saying, "I wanted to break away from that and not box myself in. Bobby Ray isn't a character -- he's really me." For a while, it seemed as if Bobby Ray might win the day with his debut album B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray topping the charts from the get-go. Apparently, B.o.B couldn't stand being really him for very long, because by last year's release of Strange Clouds, he had gone back to B.o.B. B.o.B. is performing to celebrate DJ KTone's 7th Annual Birthday Celebration.
Madlib is accomplished both as a producer and a rapper. He produced for DOOM on Madvillainy, one of the most creative rap albums in recent memory, and his debut rap album The Unseen under the pseudonym Quasimoto is an underground gem. Freddie Gibbs, on the other hand, is all rapper. Although he has been releasing mixtapes since 2004, his studio debut, ESGN, came last year. Gibbs is a talented rapper with an old-school mentality.