Reggie Noble raps like he was born grimy. He set a gold standard for high-grade headknock from his first appearances, starting with his early guest spots alongside the legendary EPMD, and extending into a solo career that took off with a classic, his '92 debut Whut? Thee Album. From there, he put his gravelly voiced blend of dirty-joke boasting and relentless energy through some enduring phases: the MC supergroup Def Squad, his Legion of Doom-style teamup with Method Man, and a seven-strong discography of solo records. A long-awaited sequel to 1996's raw-as-hell fan favorite Muddy Waters has been in the works for a while, and the recently debuted "Lookin' Fly Too" is a surprising, silky-meets-raw sign of what could come — when even the AutoTuned hook sounds blunted, you know you're dealing with a master of the form. With Big Zach and Absent. 18+.
Fri., March 29, 9 p.m., 2013
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