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When: Fri., July 4, 9 p.m. 2014

West-side MC Zernardo “ZMoney” Tate exudes nonchalant cool. He name-checks the likes of Ferragamo, Gucci, and Prada, sounding so zoned-in it’s like he’s in some sort of trance, his barely articulated syllables delivered with magnetic confidence. I generally don’t care to hear about the big-money lifestyle Tate raps about, but the way his sure-footed, leaned-out flow seesaws between fast and slow keeps me listening. He debuted last summer by releasing two mixtapes on the same day (Rich B4 Rap and Heroin Musik), and later this summer he plans to drop three mixtapes simultaneously under the name 3mpire. It can be daunting to tackle so much music at once, and Tate seems to realize that—in May he put out the compilation The Greatest Trap Show on Earth, which collects his best previously released tunes (including the Auto-Tuned “Want My Money”) and some great stand-alone tracks that haven’t appeared on a mixtape before. On the booming “Jug N Finesse” he collaborates with Detroit rapper Danny Brown, and the interplay between Brown’s nasal squawk and Tate’s comfortable drawl merits repeat spins all by itself. Tonight’s show is Tate’s first public performance since a brief incarceration this spring for violating his probation by attending South by Southwest. —Leor Galil

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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