Do you like clever, swaggerful rhymes strewn over slick bass-heavy future beats? Love hip hop but disenchanted with those uninspired posers that dominate mainstream media? Then listen up homeslice because you do not want to miss tonight’s show at the Middle East Downstairs. ScHoolboy Q and Ab-soul, two fourths of LA based rap crew Black Hippy are coming by to show Boston that California still has a heart pumpin’ full of gangsta gold. This crew is on fire right now, with a series of excellent mixtapes and full length releases from TDE chock full of wise words and impeccable beat production. Schoolboy Q is at the center of this grimey whirlwind, centering the frenzy with a low-key easy swagger that belies his virtuosic oral acrobatics, flowing up and around scattered frantic synth-bass bangers. The subject-matter is the expected cliches of girls, drugs, and reputation, but everything is delivered in such irreverent, self-aware, hazily apathetic tones that it all comes off more refreshing than an iced bong hit on a summer afternoon. Enough approximate descriptions, just listen for yourself and come out tonight- these west coast kids aren’t around every day. Too Trill.
18+ 9pm $17