In the world of hip-hop, there are as many different types of sounds (and crazy names) as there are Lil' Wayne cameos on other musicians' releases. Massachusetts-based Mush Records artist K-the-I???—yes, that is his real name—whose label mates include Eliot LIPP and Lymbyc Systym, comes to town this week. He'll bring L.A.-based MC Demune, Portland-based Basic Shapes and a unique blend of beats and sounds described on his label bio as "densed-out boom-bap."
His use of samples is akin to that of Kanye West's or P. Diddy's—the bits are twisted and manipulated but still recognizable and peppered into the tracks in just the right places.
K-the-I??? borrows the chorus from The Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby." The high "Oh-ah ohs" and the lyric, "I heard you on the wireless back in '52" from the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" make tiny but powerful cameos on K's (or should it be Mr. ???'s?) "Listen to the RaDio," which laments "suckas never play me." It could be because the MC's electronic, downtempo, trip-hop, boom-bap, densed-out, IDM sounds are just a little too out there for on-air play, but a terrific opportunity for Boiseans to hear where hip-hop is going.
March 22, $3, 9 p.m. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, 208-343-0886.