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Curren$y

With his Smoker’s Club revue, this New Orleans rapper and has brought friends and fellow marijuana connoisseurs like Big K.R.I.T., Method Man, Fiend, Mac Miller, and the aptly named Smoke DZA to the New York City stage. Tonight, he comes to S.O.B.’s for a solo gig, with his drawling tongue-twisters front-and-center.

Thu., Jan. 3, 9 p.m., 2013

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MISSISSIPPI MAN

Big K.R.I.T. may be young, but he’s always been an old soul. Though he sent his breakthrough K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape into the Internet ether at 23, it was as mature a release as you’ll likely be able to find, mixing Southern rap traditionalism—its “Country Shit” takes you to school on the subject—with wise reflections well beyond his years. June’s Live From the Underground, meanwhile, picked up where the tape left off, taking its rapper/producer all the way to the top of the Billboard Rap Albums chart, and tonight he celebrates at Irving Plaza. With Slim Thug, the Houston legend who’s still tippin’ after all these years.

Thu., Sept. 20, 7 p.m., 2012

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THE CHRONIC

When the Smoker’s Club Tour first rolled through New York last October, Curren$y had dropped the first of his two breakthrough Pilot Talk albums; Big K.R.I.T. was riding the blog hype generated by his candy-painted, country rap K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape (but had recently been booed off the stage at the then-Nokia Theatre); and Method Man was off touring with what remained of the Wu. In the year since, Curren$y and K.R.I.T. have both gained more fans and come into their own on new releases, and Method Man, well, he’ll always be Method Man. Smoke DZA and Fiend join for a night of strong rapping and stronger weed.

Fri., Oct. 14, 9 p.m., 2011

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’93 TIL INFINITY

Nas or GZA? Lauryn Hill or Raekwon and Ghostface? Black Star or Masta Killa? These aren’t the pointless hypotheticals hip-hop heads have used to pass the time for the last 30 or so years but actual conundrums you will face at this year’s Rock the Bells festival, the annual tribute to hip-hop past and the throwback rappers (this year, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs, Roc Marciano) of the present. You don’t have to choose just yet, but know that these artists and more will all be playing their magnum opuses in their entirety. Maybe they’ll even act out the skits.

Sat., Sept. 3, 1 p.m., 2011