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Yelawolf, CyHi Da Prynce, King Mez

When: Sun., March 6, 9 p.m. 2011

"I'm trying to stay in everybody's face for the next 10 years," ambitious Alabama-raised rapper Yelawolf—or the other white man on the cover of this month's XXL alongside Eminem—told Spin in January. With his staccato spray, verbal agility and new record deal on Eminem's Shady Records, he might just have his chance. The secret to what seems his imminent success might be his vocal versatility, meaning that he can bounce between sleazy talk ready for the seediest club ("Lick the Cat" is about exactly what you'd guess) and deadly serious, vividly detailed episodes of the perils of poor Southerners. On the career-building "Pop the Trunk," for instance, Yelawolf turns a threat with a deadly weapon into an indelible hook while using the verses for narrative calisthenics: "11:30 and I'm pullin' up dirty smoking babbage out the back of my buddy's Monte Carlo," he raps at the start of verse two, his voice a massaged knot of tension. "Spittin' over some super hot beats with a super hot freak we call the parking lot ho." Yelawolf's mix of sex, drugs and death, of fear, valor and fun, seems grounded in reality, as though Yelawolf raps from a harrowing past he doesn't really care to forget. CyHi Da Prynce and King Mez open the 9 p.m. show. —Grayson Currin

Price: $13-15

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