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Blackalicious, Freestyle Fellowship, Lyrics Born, DooDoo Funk, MyG, Serge Severe 

When: Fri., Oct. 21 2011
Price: $17-20
LA's Freestyle Fellowship—MCs Aceyalone, Myka 9, Self Jupiter, and P.E.A.C.E.—just released The Promise, their first full-length since 2001's Temptations. But their limited release, cassette-only 1991 debut, To Whom It May Concern, a lo-fi 50-minute ride through a jazz-sampling odyssey of free-association rhymes and heady lyrical content, remains their crowning achievement. During a time when LA rap was ruled by the gangster-ass likes of N.W.A, Freestyle Fellowship stuck out as innovators, influencing every "lyrical" rapper from Busta Rhymes to Bone Thugs and paving the way for the conscious/backpack rap genre. Gift of Gab, the verbally dense MC half of headliner Blackalicious, definitely belongs in this indebted group. MIKE RAMOS

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