Spring Arts Guide 2012

Spring Arts Guide: Must-See Hip-Hop

Feb. 19
DJ Stylus and 2-Tone Jones
Hip-hop producer J-Dilla has ascended to mythical status since his untimely passing in 2006. Notable and obscure producers emulate Dilla’s blend of sporadic vocal loops and loud drums. With Stylus, 2-Tone Jones, RBI, and others on the turntables, tonight should be heavy on the good kind of nostalgia. U Street Music Hall, $10.

Feb. 20
Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def
Since dropping The Ecstatic three years ago, Mos Def has changed his name and recorded brand new Black Star material with Talib Kweli, his long-time partner-in-rhyme. This time, Yasiin goes at it alone. Let’s hope he’s motivated—and on time. 9:30 Club, $35.

Feb. 23
Saul Williams
Historically, Saul Williams has been in a league of his own. As a poet, his cosmic affinity for space and time makes him a tough listen at times. Recently, the musician has refocused on pop and rock, resulting in a more accessible sound. But who knows which Saul will show up. Black Cat, $18.

March 26
Teebs
The Brainfeeder record label is quickly becoming a home for the artistically agitated. With Flying Lotus, Virginia techno producer Martyn, and Teebs, there’s no telling what sounds will come from the camp. The young producer’s sound rivals Lotus himself and will surely test the DC9 sound system. DC9, $10

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