Riding smoothly atop spacey and soulful instrumentals, Helladope’s funk-laden, Southern rap-influenced sound is the result of the South End collaboration between veteran MC Jerm of Alpha P and up-and-coming producer/emcee Tay Sean. At different times danceable and searing, their self-titled debut album released this March reveals a pleasantly accessible sound that matches up well with MC Jerm’s seasoned flow. And after sharing stages with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Goodie Mob, Hellaope has proven they can hold their own. Don’t forget about the bill-sharers for this “Star-Spangled Banger” either; State of the Artist is responsible for something called “SeattleCaliFragalisticExtraHellaDopeness” that’s just as fantastic as it sounds. With State of the Artist, Dark Time Sunshine, Katie Kate, DJ Radjaw. NICK FELDMAN

Sat., July 3, 8 p.m., 2010

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