The Gnu Deal

The Gnu Deal is the breezy, steezy hip-hop of Eric Graham and Ashton Hemmons, two irrepressible White Center homeboys who rap about Annie’s Mac and Cheese, microbrews, and marijuana. A juvenile formula, but the duo does it over a smooth soundtrack of jazzy beats, funky samples, and frequent well-spun nods to their influences—“We like Dougie Fresh/And B-U-T-S/We like tribal music/and Tribe Called Quest/We like Doom/And we MF-rappin'/We like Seals and Crofts/and Led Zeppelin.” With plans to record with Shabazz Palaces' Tendai Maraire in the works, these two knuckleheads will surely mature beyond their current repertoire, but you should see them while their rhymes are all about parties, good times, and all that seems infinite about being young. With Mixed Mediums Crew, Greg & Jerome, DJ Seabefore, Graves33, Freezable Germ, Tru iD. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Wed., Oct. 26, 8:30 p.m., 2011

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