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Homeboy Sandman

Homeboy Sandman, Difference Machine, Holoking 

When: Fri., June 6, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $10
Action Bronson is the undisputed king of rapping about food, but New York MC Angel Del Villar II (aka Homeboy Sandman) gives the former chef a run for his money on “Fat Belly,” from his recent EP White Sands (Stones Throw). In its lyrics Villar chows down on stuff from nearly every level of the food pyramid, and his wacky rhymes are endearingly quotable and full of personality; I definitely know how Villar feels when he raps, “If you’ve ever seen me turn down pasta / I promise you it wasn’t me, it was an impostor.” White Sands is the last in a series of three EPs, each made with a single producer—in this case London beat maker Paul White. White’s weightless, lurching beats and gauzy samples of old pop songs jell with Villar’s casual, uninflected flow, which lets his words do all the work. I hope their partnership doesn’t end with this EP: “Bad Meaning Good” bumps with a low-key summertime funk melody that’s as warm as the colors of a spectacular sunset. —Leor Galil

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