The Drake Hotel, Saturday (June 9), midnight
An all-female, more heartfelt Spank Rock with a better name, this Tampa trio's got gigs lined up with CSS, Diplo and Bonde Do Role. With grin-inducing booty and 808 beats, Enya samples (!!) and nasty-ass double-time raps, it's no wonder. Seriously, stop reading for a second and go to www.myspace.com/yomajesty4life and listen to them.
Gladstone Hotel, Saturday (June 9), 11 pm
Her sophomore album Pulau (The Islands) drops in the autumn, and Toronto-based rap luminary Masia One is promising faster, louder, dirtier beats. I'd expect some new material at her Gladstone set, as well as M1 classics like Split Second Time.
Rockwood - Wood, Friday (June 8), 10 pm
An art-house electro-hiphop group from Brussels that's big in Ireland and sounds like gremlins covering Bone Thugs-N-Harmony? Unless this is a joke, I'm in. Depotax are crossing the Atlantic and bringing with them that crucial WTF factor the rap game needs right now.
Harlem, Friday (June 8), 10 pm
The most fluid flows, a great singing voice, cerebral lyrics and highly melodious dub and soul-based beats are only a few reasons to check out T-dot MC Motion. Also a spoken word performer and published poet (her book Motion In Poetry was lauded by George Elliott Clarke), she's a multi-talented, truthful artist.
The Boat, Thursday (June 7), 11 pm
Having just caught him at his album release party, I can say while the fireworks are still fresh in my mind that this man defines cold rocking a party. The self-deprecating MC's beats are deadly funk, he's crazy on the conceptual and lyrical levels, and his shows are cluttered with every trick in his own private book.