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Kevin Gates, Chevy Woods, Th3rd, D3 and Stevo the Weirdo

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Peter's Room at the Roseland (map) Northwest
Sat., Aug. 2, 8 p.m. 2014 All Ages

$16

In a world that celebrates singsong rappers Drake and Future, it's a mystery why Kevin Gates hasn't had a similar breakthrough. The Baton Rouge emcee is a better rapper and singer than the latter, and more credible in the streets than the former. Most importantly, he's riding an incredible hot streak as far as mixtapes go; his last three—particularly 2013's The Luca Brasi Story and this year's By Any Means—have been exquisitely detailed amalgams of trap-rap beats, refreshing mel-odicism, and Gates' emotionally forthright lyrics about fear, insecurity, heartbreak, and violence, delivered via a pliable, creaky Southern mumble that's one of the most compelling voices in rap right now. On the hook of "Wish I Had It," the first track on By Any Means, Gates croaks: "Out my window, I see everything I dream about and wish I had it." He's close. And he deserves it. BEN SALMON

Peter's Room at the Roseland

10 NW 6th Ave., Portland, OR

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  • Sat., Aug. 2, 8 p.m. 2014
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