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Juelz Santana

Juelz Santana

When: Thu., Feb. 13, 10 p.m. 2014
Price: $20
Most of the world first met Harlem rapper Juelz Santana via Cam’ron’s impeccably breezy 2002 summer jam “Hey Ma,” where he played up his role as the precocious prodigy of the Diplomats crew, hollering at girls outside the club and bragging about the crazy life of an underage pop star (he’d just turned 20). His low-key cockiness and charm apparently appealed as much to rap fans as it did to slightly older ladies, and he spent Dipset’s early-aughts peak of power as the group’s second-most popular member, just behind Cam—“Dipset (Santana’s Town)” and “There It Go (The Whistle Song)” dominated the summers of ’03 and ’05, respectively. Santana has been keeping a low profile since then, but on the new single “Amigos” he capably handles a circa-now beat. —Miles Raymer



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