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When: Thu., June 18, 8:30 p.m. 2015

Houston hip-hop icons and gangsta pioneers Geto Boys formed nearly three decades ago, and they still sound like guys you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley—or a bright alley, for that matter. Sure, the production on a lot of the group’s material hasn’t aged well—their most recent album, 2005’s The Foundation, suffers from this problem most acutely—but Geto Boys’ fierce and foul rapping can still send shock waves down spines and make everyone feel nice and distraught about the state of humanity. Their lyrics can either be stupendous or sickening (usually it’s both), and on their best material they bring a sense of gravity to their over-the-top nihilistic, violent imagery, imparting a crude sense of reality to lines that would otherwise seem absurd. The album art for 1991’s We Can’t Be Stopped—which features the diminutive Bill showing off his exposed bloody right eye after being shot by his then-girlfriend—only furthers the Geto Boys’ mystique (and that’s not even making mention of a track like “Mind of a Lunatic,” which features MC Bushwick Bill lyrically committing necrophilia). While I can’t blame anyone for bailing on the group because of their misogynistic lyrics, Geto Boys have mined dark corners for beauty too. On We Can’t Be Stopped standout “Mind Playing Tricks on Me,” they flip their lawless stories into one hell of a solemn number brimming with pathos. —Leor Galil

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