Aceyalone

A prolific off-the-top lyricist, the dexterous Aceyalone helped build the most prolific open mic rap workshop on earth, Project Blowed, into a legitimate movement that turned the Project's South Central Los Angeles Good Life Café into a traditionalist rap Mecca of sorts in the nineties. As an artist, his smooth positivity flows over beatnik jazz and soul instrumentals like water, whether it's on a solo classic like All Balls Don't Bounce, any of his rap-poetry work with Haiku D'Etat, or select winners from his RJD2-produced Magnificent City. His pro-love, community ethos helped create a healthy alternative to the violence-fetishizing gangster sect that has defined Cali rap for so long. Suffice to say, tonight should be all love. With JNatural, Pat Maine, Brainstorm, Black Magic Noize. TODD HAMM

Sun., Jan. 27, 8 p.m., 2013

 
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