REKS and Stalley

Where you’re from doesn’t have to dictate shit about where you go—both young vet REKS (repping Lawrence, Mass.) and the self-named “Bruce Springsteen of hip-hop” Stalley (of Massillon, Ohio) stand as living proof of that. A decade after his debut album, this year's Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme sees REKS skillfully maneuvering beats from legendary producers like DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Statik Selektah—and doing so in a way in a hard-rapping style that’s equal parts brazen and introspective, developed but hardly changed. Meanwhile, recent Maybach Music signee Stalley is fresher on the scene but no less talented; February release Lincoln Way Nights: Intelligent Trunk Music shows him less concerned with cosigns from Damon Dash or MosDef (both of which he’s earned) than channeling small-town hardship and sincere storytelling. With GMK, DJ Swervewon. NICK FELDMAN

Sun., July 10, 6 p.m., 2011

 
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