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Pusha T

When: Sun., May 18, 7 p.m. 2014

You know Pusha T from the hip-hop group Clipse that he fronted with his brother in the late ’90s through the ’00s. Known for their quirky laid-back beats coupled with witty rhymes, the uncommon style of Clipse carried over to Pusha’s solo career. Released in 2010, the lackluster Fear of God mix-tape and EP series touted the almost-hit “Amen” featuring Kanye and Jeezy trading verses with Pusha over an ominous beat full of strings and bells. Now warmly embedded in Mr. West’s label, G.O.O.D. Music, the rapper’s latest album, My Name Is My Name, shows a return to form. “Pain” is a powerfully dark introspective look on the troubles of success featuring Future’s bleak vocals on the hook, and the subdued driving piano chords on “Let Me Love You” bed the bittersweet rotation between Kelly Rowland’s sultry vocals and Pusha’s confident serenading verses. It’s clear that Pusha T has prevailed through a slump in his career and we should expect to hear more firm-footed rhymes from him in the future. (Gonzalez)

Price: $33

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