While lazy historians trace the etymology of rap music back to William Shakespeare, avid annalists know the roots truly lie in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Straight Outta Southwark.” Catch unchallengeable history in the making with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $16, you get one general-admission ticket to see Wale at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Friday, January 20, at 8 p.m. (up to a $33 value, including all ticketing fees.)
Volatile rapper Wale ignites the mic with his mighty lexicon and pulsating rhythms as he spearheads a strident launch party for Toronto record label Blocktrade Music. A prized representative of Rick Ross’s Maybach Music empire, Wale’s knack for infectious tracks and snappy syntax has led to mix-tape mingling with Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga, BET's Best Club Banger Hip Hop Award for the collaboration “No Hands,” and the single-parturient LP Attention Deficit. Making a stop on his Ambition Canada tour to promote his latest endeavour, Ambition, the Washington D.C. rhyme wizard raises the roof and wrings tears from its architect as his dense linguistics shimmer across disco-ball beats. A quartet of hip-hop arbiters, including Harvey Stripes, S. Dizzy, and Ronny Orleans start the celebration with verbose verses, rhyme schemes, and anti-prose suitable for audiences age 19 and up.