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Blackalicious

Aug. 21
7:30 p.m.
$25-$28
Hip-Hop

Sacramento indie-rap institution Blackalicious debuted with the 1994 EP Melodica and eventually dropped their first full-length in 1999’s Nia, which established the duo—supremely technical rapper Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel—as leaders in the realm of conscious rap. After a decade-long hiatus, Gab and Xcel made their worthy return with 2015’s uplifting Imani Vol. 1, the first installment in a planned trilogy, though the follow-ups have yet to materialize.