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Montana of 300

Montana of 300, Reuben X, Ric Wilson, Lisa Decibel 

When: Thu., June 16, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $25, $20 in advance
One of the great regional rap stories of 2016 is Baton Rouge MC Kevin Gates, whose decade spent grinding away on the independent circuit and dropping a flurry of mixtapes finally paid off big time. His studio debut for Atlantic, this year’s Islah, peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 in February and has hung tight in the top 20 since, all without the mass hysteria and big press push afforded better-known rappers. Like Gates before him, Montana of 300, a Chicago native who grew up in the Low End neighborhood, is largely unknown outside of hip-hop circles and rarely covered in the press, but he’s grown into the role of regional rap star these past couple years thanks to remixes, freestyles, and cyphers featuring the 300 crew that he posts on YouTube. And then there are Montana’s own singles: his breakout, “Ice Cream Truck,” showcases his natural melodic sensibility, fierce flow, and ear for serrated hooks (oh, and the song has garnered more than 17 million views in less than two years). The independently released album Fire in the Church (FGE)—which actually features Gates on “Goonies”—is scattershot and exhausting, though Montana never sounds tired, doling out metaphors and busting ass through the entire 18 tracks. It’s a lot to get through, but there are plenty of bright moments, like the triumphant “Daddy Used to Be the Plug.”
— Leor Galil
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