When: Sat., Dec. 17, 9 p.m. 2011
North Carolina rap group Little Brother seemed poised for mainstream success for about a minute in the mid-aughts—especially after the group's producer, 9th Wonder, made fans and clients of Jay-Z and Beyonce. Unfortunately for the group—and for legions of golden-age hip-hop fans, many of whom hoped Little Brother might help earnest, conscious lyricism and jazzy boom-bap beats score a belated triumph over gangsta rap—what happened next was 2005's The Minstrel Show. Despite being a critical hit, it was a legendary commercial flop, and a generation's dreams of a second golden age were curb-stomped by trap rappers like Young Jeezy. After that failure, 9th Wonder left the group to pursue a successful career that's included collaborations with Drake and Chris Brown, thus completing the martyrdom of Little Brother MCs Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh in the eyes of orthodox hip-hop fans. Relations between Phonte and 9th Wonder were acrimonious for years, but the pair recently reunited to record "The Good Fight" for Phonte's debut solo full-length, Charity Starts at Home (Foreign Exchange Music/HBD). —Miles Raymer Rapsody & Median, Proh Mic, and DJ Rude One open.