Ja Rule; the Outfit, TX; Ty Money | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Ja Rule; the Outfit, TX; Ty Money Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Wed., Sept. 16, 8 p.m. 2015

The challenge of crack rap is to find new contours in well-trodden narratives about dope slingers and hustlers—and Harvey rapper Ty Money is more than equipped for the task. On his Cinco de Money mixtape he drops dense rhymes as often as someone swats away mosquitoes on a humid day near a swamp. While his stories of people scrambling for money, power, and sex are familiar, he often gives them new dimension and life, like on “Viet Cong”: “Runnin out of money, I ain’t ever seen it / Like a unicorn.” That line only takes a few seconds of oxygen, and by the time you distill it Ty Money’s already raced through half a dozen idiosyncratic bars about life in what he calls “Har-Vietnam.” The MC’s knack for detail is matched with his whiplash-inducing flow and precise execution, and throughout Cinco de Money he operates with such nimble dexterity it’s easy to miss the changes in his rapping. Ty Money always directs his attention to the bars ahead, and more often than not he creates deeper, vivid stories because of it. Closer “Over and Over” is as much about the day-to-day monotony of the people whose hands help sell drugs as it is about their well-documented, stuck-in-a-corner struggles; it’s also about the beautiful, tender moments that feel inextricable from the bad choices they’ve made. To a certain extent the track explains why we still gravitate to these tragic stories—at the very least it shows why I’ll keep returning to Ty Money. Ja Rule will likely get Bottom Lounge to capacity early, and I hope attendees walk away with every intention of playing Cinco de Money on repeat.

Leor Galil

Price: $10, $3 with RSVP

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