Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.O.B., Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Nerner, Chevy Woods, Smoke DZA | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.O.B., Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Nerner, Chevy Woods, Smoke DZA 

When: Tue., July 30, 6 p.m. 2013
Price: $25-$89, $75-$175 VIP
Late last year, when the world at large became aware of Atlanta rapper Trinidad James, it seemed like just minutes before he was accused of everything from destroying hip-hop to single-handedly reviving the institution of minstrelsy. Like other artists who’ve been charged with similar crimes (Lil B and Odd Future being recent examples), there’s more to him than might be apparent at first glance. While it’s true that he’s not exactly a master lyricist—not that he ever claimed to be one—he has an idiosyncratic magnetism that’s more than enough to make even his simplistic lines (“I said bitch it’s that turn up, turn up, this that turn up,” for instance, or the meme-inspiring “Popped a molly I’m sweatin’ / Whoo!”) strangely compelling. And his all-gold-everything sartorial sense—which has inspired most of the accusations of minstrelsy—is a study in the transformation of bad taste into camp brilliance that I imagine John Waters would appreciate. He’s still an amateur on a lot of levels, but he’s also a born performer with a wild stage presence that makes him infinitely more watchable than the average rapper. —Miles Raymer Wiz Khalifa headlines; A$AP Rocky, B.O.B., Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Nerner, Chevy Woods, and Smoke DZA open.

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