Mos Def, Jay Electronica | House of Blues | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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When: Sun., Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $25.50-$27.50
J Dilla died right before the generation of producers who grew up on his work started coming into their own. Among the few with a rightful claim to the master’s crown is Jay Electronica, who worked alongside Dilla during a stint in Detroit and continues to follow in his footsteps, making hip-hop unconstrained by any of the countless rules the style has accumulated over the years. Electronica’s MySpace—one of the few reliable ways to hear his music, since he’s never released an album or even a single—hosts a rotating selection of songs that frequently highlight his spacey lyrics and only occasionally contain anything as traditional as an actual beat. Mos Def headlines. —Miles Raymer

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