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Lizzo

Lizzo

When: Mon., Sept. 22, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: sold out
It’s been a big year for female MCs, but the hip-hop that Minneapolis rapper Lizzo makes is a long way from the sexed-up chart-topping pop of Iggy Azalea or Nicki Minaj. That’s not to say she’s sober or sedate, though. The video for “Batches and Cookies,” from 2013’s LizzoBangers (Totally Gross National Product), is every bit as much of a party as the “Anaconda” clip—a rhythmic sample of whistling repeats infectiously as Lizzo and guest rapper Sophia Eris lather a hot guy with lard, frolic amid a gay-pride parade, and cheerfully scarf doughnuts. It’s all exuberantly amateurish, except for the actual rapping—Eris spews batches of syllables and Lizzo indulges in ecstasies of profane archness (“Cut a nigger up and hung him like Jack the Ripper / Undo your zipper, get on your knees / And get ready for the industry”). This combination of low-key packaging and casual virtuosity seems like the sort of thing that’d be great onstage—and Lizzo is thoroughly winning in a live video shot earlier this year in the studio of noncommercial Minnesota station the Current, where she wears a flowery hoodie and goofs with gospel tropes. “Have you ever been to Paris?” she sings, “Well, neither have I.” It’s hard to think of a better spokeswoman for the unglam and unashamed. —Noah Berlatsky
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