Boosie Badazz and DeJ Loaf on Saturday, August 29, at 9 p.m.

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“Reality rapper” behind “Show Da World” layers hard-hitting lyrics over thick beats; up-and-comer of “Try Me” fame opens

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  • $29 for general-admission standing (up to $48.40 value)

Boosie Badazz

  • How the world met Boosie: spitting as hard as the diamonds he was wearing on C-Loc’s 2000 album, It’s a Gamble
  • His sound: hip-hop punctuated by hard-hitting lyrics. The artist describes it as “reality rap,” saying, “Hip-hop music can make you dance and bob your head, but it can’t make you cry or touch your heart like reality rap.”
  • What he raps about: the criminal life that formed his worldview as a child in Southside Baton Rouge
  • Instructionally minded hits from 2005 to 2009: “Give Me That,” “Wipe Me Down,” “Better Believe It”
  • Why he was silent from 2009 to 2014: he was doing a stint at Louisiana State Penitentiary
  • What he did after getting out: the artist formerly known as “Lil’ Boosie” emerged as Boosie Badazz, knocked out the hit “Show Da World” with Kiara and Webbie, and got to work on his latest album, Touch Down 2 Cause Hell, which recently debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts 
  • What that album title means: in the words of Boosie, “I’m back, and I’m better than ever. When you cause hell everybody know about it, and everybody know what’s up with Boosie . . . I’m finna open up everybody’s eyes. Even the people’s eyes who was closed, who was doubtin’ me. I’m finna touch down, cause hell, and just take over the rap game, period.”

DeJ Loaf

  • How to pronounce her name: Dej rhymes with “beige;” Loaf rhymes with made-up words like “broph”
  • Her sound: an effortless melange of silky R&B crooning, pointed rhymes, and emotionally blunt lyricism atop dense and often dreamy electronic beats
  • “Try Me”: the 2014 single that became a viral sensation after Drake quoted it in an Instagram post. It now has nearly 30 million views on YouTube.
  • Where you’ve seen her lately: opening for Nicki Minaj on The Pinkprint Tour
  • EP to start you off: #AndSeeThatsTheThing, featuring collaborations with Future and Big Sean
  • Other choice collaborations: “Detroit vs. Everybody,” with Eminem, Royce da 5’9’, Danny Brown, Big Sean, and Trick-Trick; “Be Real” with Kid Ink; “Me U and Hennessy” with Lil’ Wayne
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