Rappers rely on intricate rhymes when boasting of their skills, which explains why MC Orange never quite broke into the mainstream. Watch a master weave words with this GrouponLive deal to see Tyga on the MTV Jams Closer to My Dreams tour at the Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines. For $24, you get one ticket for general admission on Thursday, September 13, at 8 p.m. (up to a $48.42 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
A youthful mixtape maven and member of Young Money, Compton native Tyga catapulted himself to standout notoriety in 2011 with his raunchy, sinuous single "Rack City." Praised by Pitchfork as a "genius pop moment," the song's primal beat and growling, hedonistic lyrics launched it to a No. 2 spot on Billboard’s rap chart and, once transformed into the more family-friendly "Lob City," a spot as the unofficial anthem of the LA Clippers. His 2012 studio debut album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King, continues his versifying evolution, deepening songs with "a chameleon-like skill that lets him go from melancholy to mean without a hitch," according to AllMusic.com. Fellow 20-somethings Kirko Bangz and Iggy Azalea, as well as Sterling Simms and Jinsu, warm up the crowds with dense beats, gleefully lascivious lyrics, and space heaters disguised as curiously immobile moshers.