The Month Ahead: Rap

Recommended shows from Young Jeezy to Blue Scholars.

Hip  to Hop Your Favorite Rapper's Favorite Rapper As an MC, Candidt has come to be an integral part of the Northwest's storied Oldominion collective. He put his quirky penmanship on full display with his debut LP, last year's Sweatsuit & Churchshoes. You might also recognize Candidt for his role as a promoter: He organized the Rendezvous' long-running monthly showcase The Corner—a show-and-prove that gave untested lyricists the rare opportunity to earn their chops on the same bill as town favorites—which ran strong for two years between 2008 and 2010. Now one-third of rap trio TH3RDZ alongside fellow Oldominion vets JFK and Xperience, Candidt is getting ready to release the group's debut, This, That & TH3RDZ. SW: Who is your favorite rapper? Candidt: Tie between Nyquil & Pegee13 (Oldominion). What makes him/her cool to you? Voice that cuts through, they don't waste words, cadence, lyrics, and they are spitters! What is your favorite album by them and why? Neither have solo rap albums, but their features are always top-notch! Do you have a favorite song or rhyme by them? All of them HARD! POW! TH3RDZ The Charleston, 333 N. Callow Ave. S., Bremerton. 9 p.m. Sun., Sept. 18.  Reverb Recommends Young Jeezy/Friday, Sept. 2 With the deletion of big-name undercard Freddie Gibbs from the lineup, local gutter-spitter Avatar Young Blaze may have stumbled upon a big-time opportunity to share a larger slice of the spotlight in front of a mainstream audience. Local money's on young Av to outshine the headlining hyphy magnate. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $27.50 adv./$30 DOS. All ages. Lil Wayne/Sunday, Sept. 4 Sure, a rush-hour commute to White River is about as fun as knifing yourself in the eye, but it just might be worth it to catch rap's most enigmatic megastar on display at a semi-outdoor venue. With Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement. White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn-Enumclaw Rd., Auburn, 360-802-1469. 7 p.m. $23.75–$119.75. All ages. LaRue/Friday, Sept. 9 Seattle native/current Florida resident LaRue returns home to drop his much-anticipated "Hurricane LaRue" project. With Souljah Bless, Intylekt. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8000. 9 p.m. $7 adv./$10 DOS. AM & Shawn Lee/Tuesday, Sept. 13 Catch London-based, animal-mask-clad multi-insrumentalist (and likely Clutchy Hopkins contributor) Shawn Lee on stage with L.A.'s AM as they promote their much-anticipated Celestial Electric album. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880. 9:30 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. Blue Scholars/Saturday, Sept. 17 Playing an isolated gig (as opposed to their previous multi-night engagements around town), BS will put together a memorable night with help from frequent collaborator Bambu and The Physics. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 7 p.m. $16 adv./$21 DOS. All ages. Sims/Monday, Sept. 19 A lesser-known MC from the Doomtree camp that has produced standout acts like P.O.S. and Dessa, Sims is an honest, sociopolitical lyricist in the Minneapolis backpacking tradition. With Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $10. Sage Francis/Thursday, Sept. 22 Your snide friend's snider friend's favorite rapper/spoken-word poet, Francis returns to Neumos to preach his bearded gospel. With the Metermaids, SADISTIK. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $18. MC Chris/Friday, Sept. 23 Reluctant nerdcore figurehead MC Chris swings through El Corazon to add a little goof to your game. With MC Lars, Legaran, Adam WarRock. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 7 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS.

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