The best rappers are masters of language, rhyme, and the ability to walk onstage in front of thousands of people and talk about some very sexy topics. Watch the best with this GrouponLive deal to The Yost Theater. For $20, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $40.25 value, including all fees). Choose between the following concerts:
- Asher Roth on Friday, November 2, at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
- Rome Ramirez on Sunday, November 4, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Rap songs have thumped over the sound system at frat parties for years, but Asher Roth’s 2009 debut single, “I Love College,” may have been the first hit to make full use of the student-discounted high life as subject matter. Propelled by laid-back guitar strumming and a sing-song delivery, the track hit number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Although his appearance resulted in inevitable comparisons to Eminem—an issue he addressed on the track “As I Em”—his light-hearted rhymes mostly let him float above intrascene strife. Rather than struggle to overturn his association with his first big hit, Roth has opted to let his virtuosity speak for itself as he moves forward into new material. XXL praised the recent project Pabst & Jazz for its “dark, smoky jazz club” atmosphere and lyrics “jam-packed with obscure references that leave the listener Googling, Wikipedia-ing, and hitting the rewind button.” Along with winning rave reviews, his mixtapes have recently won him a record deal with Def Jam and a note from his grandmother about how she is very proud. On Friday, opening act Kids These Days, a rap-rock group from Chicago, pumps up the crowd with an energetic stage show, live instrumentation, and occasional stage diving.
Best known for carrying on the legacy of Sublime’s departed singer Brad Nowell, Rome Ramirez now embarks on a tour promoting his first solo endeavor, Dedication EP, which was released in June. Written while on the road with Sublime, the EP’s title track tells the bittersweet tale of a girl lost to drug addiction. The ballad sets the tone for the entire EP, a confessional recording that blends soul-baring lyrics with big, reggae-inspired beats and guitar riffs. Hailing from Southern California and repping a distinctly West Coast sound that first skanked into the spotlight during the ‘90s, HB Surround Sound starts the evening with a blend of punk, ska, and new wave, which mixes influences including The Clash, Rancid, and The Specials.