Clipse, Project Mayhem, Mikkey Halsted, DJs Timbuck2 & RTC | Metro | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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Clipse, Project Mayhem, Mikkey Halsted, DJs Timbuck2 & RTC 

When: Fri., Aug. 21, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $25, $20 in advance, 18+
Clipse’s two proper albums, 2002’s Lord Willin’ and 2006’s Hell Hath No Fury, succeeded by sticking close to a specific formula—over stripped-down, haunted beats by the Neptunes, brothers Pusha T and Malice rapped with cold dispassion about the fortunes to be made and the fallout to be braved in the crack game. They’ve earned a fair amount of commercial success and a heap of critical praise with that approach, which is exactly why I was so excited to hear rumors that they’d be leaving at least part of it behind for the upcoming Till the Casket Drops (due October 20 on Columbia), bringing in a busload of producers, including Kanye West and Swizz Beatz. I’m a little disappointed to learn that in fact the Neptunes will be producing the whole album, except for DJ Khalil’s beat on “Kinda Like a Big Deal,” but on that track and on “I’m Good”—both of which have been released online—Clipse sound looser and significantly less grim, playing up the clubby charm they showed on “When the Last Time” and “Wamp Wamp” and acting like they actually enjoy being famous rappers. This show is part of Sneaker Pimps, which bills itself as “the world’s largest sneaker show.” —Miles Raymer

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