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M.I.A.+A$AP Ferg

Remember M.I.A.? She released an album this past fall called Matangi that sounds exactly like you’d expect an M.I.A album to sound. Sonically, it’s kind of like walking into a weight room that’s also hosting a wedding reception — a scene that doesn’t make sense in your head but everything you hear is catchy-as-hell and makes you feel like bench pressing everybody. Speaking of bench pressing, A$AP Ferg is joining her, and he’ll provide all the cocaine-fueled-explosion music you’ll ever need in your life. Don’t believe me? Listen to Trap Lord. It’s in stores now.

Thu., May 8, 7 p.m.; Fri., May 9, 7 p.m., 2014

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SURVIVAL OF THE ILLEST

“It’s lonely at the top,” confesses A$AP Ferg at one point on his debut album, Trap Lord. “All this shrimp, and nobody to share it with.” Tonight, the 25-year-old Harlem rapper will have to share some of his shellfish as he celebrates what’s turned out to be an eventful year for the A$AP Mob member. After months-long delays, he finally released darkly moody Trap Lord in August to mostly positive reviews — thanks in part to the single “Shabba,” featuring A$AP Rocky — and it reached the Top 10 on the Billboard chart. The album finds Ferg rapping about everything from “Jesus juice” to the relatively depressing refrain “All I know is pain/Surviving on my own.” But it must have come full circle now that Ferg is wrapping up his first headlining tour. So, who’s up for some shrimp? With 100s, A$AP Mob, Aston Matthews, Joey Fatts, and Overdoz.

Fri., Dec. 6, 7 p.m., 2013

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Bodega Bamz

On 2012’s Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z., Spanish Harlem’s Bodega Bamz resurrected the dormant “Rap-o Clap-o” of his neighborhood’s original rappin’ salsero, Joe Bataan, but with the added goth trap-pings of A$AP’s current reign over Harlem World. It’s a good fit. Bamz spends el sábado living gigante like “Don Francisco,” but Sunday in church contemplating salvation. So when Trap Lord A$AP Ferg offers absolution by repetition on the chorus of “Say Amen,” he gratefully accepts.

Wed., March 6, 7:30 p.m., 2013