Would-be emcees may be scattered all over podunk towns in the South, but like Southern soul food, Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T.'s drawl-soaked verses and high-calorie hooks keep us coming back for more. He dropped his King Remembered in Time mixtape earlier this year, with the King spitting over syrupy tracks and proving he hasn't lost any edge since Live from the Underground exploded last year. He's opening for Talib Kweli, whose trip to Portland comes just before he releases his second solo album of 2013. You'll be able to download the politically charged rapper's Gravitas directly from his website starting Sunday, December 15. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"