Chip Tha Ripper

It seems like each Chip Tha Ripper track is accompanied by the same unsettling rise in anticipation: a nice beat, a couple good lines to get things build-up, and then followed by an unsavory, average-grade punch line and non-creative delivery. There is something charming about the meat-and-potatoes rapper from Cleveland, Ohio, however; he comes off as the big dumb lovable MC who'll slip a few clever lines under the radar if you're not paying attention. This kind of appeal has earned him cameo spots on notable projects by super producer Hi-Tek, and fashionable emo-rapper KiD CuDi among others, and you've got to admire his relentless DIY approach. We'll see if he can hold an audience on his own. With DJ EV, Eighty 4 Fly, Dutch. TODD HAMM

Tue., Oct. 4, 8 p.m., 2011

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