Thanks to the likes of TDE and Brainfeeder, Los Angeles has earned a comparatively recent rep for cultivating a headspace for next-level hip-hop genius. But that didn't come overnight. Thanks to open-mic workshops and collective efforts like Project Blowed starting back in the '90s, the city that g-funk built was also a lab where indie visionaries from Freestyle Fellowship to Abstract Rude built up repertoires run through with quick-witted, battle-forged razor tongues. Nearly two decades after the first Project Blowed compilation, the Hellfyre Club crew put out Dorner vs. Tookie, a strikingly eclectic collection of punchlines, abstractions, technical joints, reflections, and just plain rappity-raps that continue to draw off the traditions that Project Blowed helped get off the ground. The MCs representing Hellfyre on this tour -- label founder/wiseass Nocando, the introspective Open Mike Eagle, incisive art-provocateur Busdriver, and the unpretentiously philosophical Milo -- are hard-hitting brainiacs, the types of rappers who knock your wig back because that gives them easier access to plant new seeds in your head. With Ecid. 18+.
Wed., Feb. 26, 8 p.m., 2014