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Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Stalley, Fly Union

When: Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. 2012

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We all know that Kendrick Lamar is easily the best thang smokin' right now, and sure enough, this show is sold out. Everything K-Dot's leaked in the last few—"Swimming Pools," "Westside, Right on Time," and the C-Breezy-type-slapping, Just Blaze-laced "Compton"—have all been hottest fire. From what I recall of his 2011 set at Seattle's Bumbershoot, Lamar's a dope, personable performer, too... except for that moment when he told a young girl in the audience that her name was "Tammy"—as in his Section.80 cut "Tammy's Song (Her Evils)," which is about a pair of women victimized by men—without a trace of irony (hiphop is good for this). A minor gripe, but one that stuck with me. Anyway, his Top Dawg Entertainment/Black Hippy dudes Jay Rock and Ab-Soul are opening, so this is a sure thing. (If you're wondering where Schoolboy Q is, well, just wait a week.) LARRY MIZELL JR.

Price: $28

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