Legends of Hip-Hop: Rakim, EPMD, MC Lyte, Da Brat, Big Daddy Kane, Whodini, DJ Cut Creator Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Feb. 18, 8 p.m. 2012

Hip-hop in its 30s is like a lot of people I know in their 30s—prone to frequent bouts of nostalgia and existentialism, which at least in hip-hop's case can be attributed largely to the popularity of swag rappers who resolutely refuse to spit in the ways that fans are used to calling "good." Then again, hip-hop has been like this for most of its existence, and the acts on this "Legends of Hip-Hop" bill—most of whom came up as rap entered its adolescence in the late 80s and early 90s—inspired a similar panic at first. Rakim, EPMD, and Big Daddy Kane were among the first artists to exchange the good-times vibe of hip-hop's early days for a steely-eyed, hit-man menace, and simultaneously raised the standard for rap lyrics to an unheard-of high; in the process they established a template that would guide two decades of gangsta rap. And MC Lyte and Da Brat freaked people out simply by being women who demanded to be taken seriously as rappers. —Miles Raymer Legends of Hip-Hop featuring Rakim, EPMD, MC Lyte, Da Brat, Big Daddy Kane, Whodini, and DJ Cut Creator.

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