Andre Nickatina

Thursday, December 27

I'm not really a fan of the bonus Booty Star DVD that comes with Andre Nickatina's most recent album Booty Star: Glock Tawk. Like the name indicates, it features heaps of ample buttocks jiggling to Nickatina's tracks. Regardless, I got hooked on the San Francisco-based underground rapper through his 2003 masterpiece Conversation with the Devil. His flows were savage as fuck and surprisingly introspective given their gansta-rap origin. A majority of Nickatina's work doesn't glorify, but instead sympathizes with those who fall victim to the devastating lures of drugs and violence. Even with the booty-obsession that occasionally infiltrates his otherwise pensive lyrics, Nickatina is unquestionably deserving of his reputation as the Underground King. With Sonny Bonoho, Mike P, Luvva J. ERIKA HOBART

Thu., Dec. 27, 8 p.m., 2007

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