Keak Da Sneak

Mac Dre and E-40 may well be the best-known faces of the Bay Area’s synth-heavy hyphy rap movement, but few have been around as long as Keak Da Sneak—credited with shortening “hyperactive” to “hyphy” in the first place. First breaking out with mid-‘90s chart-topping group 3XKrazy, the prolific “king of the supa dupa hyphy” has dropped 16 solo albums since 1999, and deep into the Bay’s slanguage his barely decipherable gravely growl resides somewhere in the territory between Petey Pablo and Mystikal. It’s not exactly music made for thoughtful discussions of its lyrical complexities, but nothing will better transport you to an Oakland sydeshow or impart the energy of an overcrowded club saturated in Remy Martin and weed smoke. With Spaceman, Mr. Dog, DJ Darwin. NICK FELDMAN

Sun., April 10, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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