June 5: Oddisee, Greenspan, Joy Postell

Washington D.C.-brewed, Brooklyn-based Sudanese rapper/producer Oddisee is one of rap's most underrated artists, which is just one of these things that we all say when we think someone should be more popular than they are—though hey, listen to 2015's "The Good Fight" or this year's EP "Alwasta" and explain to me why he isn't up there with Chance the Rapper or J. Cole in terms of having millions of obsessive fans. Oddisee's a worldly-wise MC with a nuanced understanding of global politics and a Kanye West-meets-Brian Wilson sense of composition and, at times, an almost seething sociopolitical rage. On 'Lifting Shadows' off "Alwasta," he outlines what it feels like to be a Muslim International in the United States in 2016. "Man, I swear I think my phones tapped/ Man, I swear they watching all my moves/ Since 9/11 ain't too clear just what the target is/ I love my country hate its politics," he raps and then shouts, "Can't just let me be, can't just let me live." He also talks drone warfare, Islamophobia, and blithely declares, "We could go in pieces but, we'd rather come in peace." It's one of the best songs of the year. 8 p.m., Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, (410) 244-0057, baltimoresoundstage.com, $20-$22. (Brandon Soderberg)

 

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