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Joey Purp

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Joey Purp, Sonny Digital, Lakim, Lucki 

When: Fri., June 10, 7 p.m. 2016
Price: $20, $17 in advance
Chicago rapper Joey Purp rolled out the big guns for his proper solo debut mixtape, the new iiiDrops. It’s stacked with immaculate instrumentals by some of the brightest beat makers in town (Knox Fortune, Peter Cottontale, Thelonious Martin, OddCouple) and some of the most gifted Chicago MCs of this generation (Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, Mick Jenkins, Saba). But Purp is undoubtedly in command of the blockbuster lineup. He balances world weariness and braggadocious playfulness with aplomb, giving credence both to his boasts about rap’s peak and his memories of a time when finding handguns and navigating dilapidated projects clouded whatever visions he could form of his future. Purp’s approachable swagger especially elevates iiiDrops. His performances on “Girls @,” “Photobooth,” and “Cornerstore” are so alive and unmeditated it feels like he’s performing right in front of you, vigorous and vital. He’s got chameleon-like qualities with his energy too, doubling down on nonchalance for the drowsy “Deja Vu,” a recent collaboration with opener Lucki, the rapper-producer formerly known as Lucki Ecks. On his March EP, Son of Sam, Lucki wades through mucky lo-fi instrumentals, emerging with sinister pluck and charm on “Syrup Talk.”
— Leor Galil
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