Crooked I

Contrary to popular belief, Crooked I didn’t just burst onto the scene a few years ago—though as of late the Long Beach rapper has garnered plenty of publicity for his success with Interscope-signed supergroup Slaughterhouse. In reality, it took more than a decade of mixtapes, industry politics and record deals—including stints on Virgin’s now-defunct NooTrybe imprint and Suge Knight’s notorious Death Row Records—for the MC to put out a proper project of his own. But regardless of the medium, his bareknuckle bars over hard-hitting snares get across a very clear point: “Me and you ain’t the same, but you knew that.” Crooked I’s place in the West Coast hip-hop canon may not be solidified, but it’s well on its way. With Jay Barz, Havi Blaze, DJ Swervewon. NICK FELDMAN

Sun., April 3, 8 p.m., 2011

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