The Beatnuts


The Beatnuts, Big Pooh, and Termanology

Jan. 13
8:30 p.m.
DJ, Hip-Hop

Legendary Queens hip-hop outfit the Beatnuts arrived in the early ’90s with a balance of craftsmanship and rambunctiousness, their music perfect for cracking 40s and lighting up spliffs. They eventually found chart success with singles “Off the Books” (which introduced the world to the late Big Pun) and “Watch out Now.” The Beatnuts haven’t released a proper album since 2004’s Milk Me, but their discography is deep enough for surprising setlist choices. They’ll be joined by Big Pooh, a Southerner whose style has always been more reminiscent of New York acts. He first broke out alongside rapper Phonte and producer 9th Wonder in the North Carolina-based crew Little Brother, and he’s enjoyed a successful solo career since around the time the group broke through with 2005’s The Minstrel Show. His latest album is last year’s Home Sweet Home, a collaboration with producer Nottz and his second LP on the beloved indie-rap label Mello Music Group. Also performing is Termanology, a prolific, technically capable Massachusetts native who’s often called a “rapper’s rapper.”

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