Beans, Serengeti, Tomorrow Kings, Skech 185, DJ Uncle El | Subterranean | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

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When: Fri., Feb. 18, 10 p.m. 2011

Brooklyn-based rapper Beans, a sometime member of underground hip-hop group the Anti-pop Consortium, is a lot like KRS-One—they share much more than a clipped, stentorian flow and a tendency to rep the outer boroughs. Both favor proudly uncommercial beats paired with raps that demand—both literally and figuratively—the respect of the biggest, highest-selling MCs in the industry. Beans may reference indie-centric venue the Knitting Factory in his rhymes, but judging by the title of "Superstar Destroyer"—the opening cut off his newest record, End It All (Anticon)—he's aiming his claims of verbal superiority at targets higher up the food chain than the indie-rap scene. And juding by the dexterity and commanding presence he shows therein, that's exactly where he should be aiming them. Beans also coproduced every track on the album, with help from the likes of Four Tet, Tobacco, Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino (under his Sam Fog alias), and beat-making Tortoise side project Bumps. End It All could stand alone, without his commanding raps, as an instrumental set of giddily perverse but highly satisfying electronic experiments. 17+. —Miles Raymer

Price: $12

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