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Baathhaus, Big Dipper Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $15
Brooklyn-based bear MC Big Dipper first got my attention a couple years ago, when he still lived in Chicago, by releasing a video for his raunchy party-rap track “Drip Drop.” It’s the kind of funny, tightly edited clip Eminem used to make, except that Big Dipper doesn’t insert himself into the Brady Bunch title sequence—he dresses up like Tiger Woods or the Hulk while dropping silly rhymes about man-on-man action. Since then the MC has put out a couple more videos (“Summertime Realness,” “Meat Quotient”) whose make-you-blush dirty fun tends to overshadow the music—not by much, to be fair, but I tend to want to play those songs through YouTube instead of iTunes. Big Dipper has grown swiftly as a rapper, and the tight, balanced flow he displays on his recent debut full-length mixtape, Thick Life—he sounds like a smart, talented MC with a taste for goofy, lascivious rhymes and dance-friendly pop beats, instead of like a smart, talented pop artist who’s decided to rap. On the Sade-sampling “Loverboy” he asks, “You think I’m smooth?,” and though in one obvious way he’s not (“Well, I ain’t / I’m covered in hair from my head to my taint”), his rapping is relaxed, comfortable, and almost suave. —Leor Galil Baathhaus headlines; Big Dipper opens, and Jane Beachy hosts.

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