There were few predecessors to Kool G Rap in terms of gangsta rap, and in terms of influence he is essentially untouched. An immense list of rappers — everyone from Notorious B.I.G. to Big Pun to Eminem — has cited Kool G's street tales as pivotal to the development of their style. His brutally honest depictions of a harsh side of reality are told with an intricate multi-syllabic internal rhyme. Few have touched his style, and the blueprint he set forth can still be felt in modern rap. It's been nearly a decade since he's been on tour, and since he'll be reuniting with original collaborator DJ Polo it's bound to be nothing less than legendary. 18+.
Fri., May 17, 9 p.m., 2013