If you couldn't scrape up enough money for Rock the Bells in Los Angeles this Saturday -- or if you're just too lazy to make the drive because you clearly don't love hip-hop enough -- a smaller stop in San Diego has been added for this Sunday.
Raekwon and Ghostface from the Wu-Tang Clan headline this show at the House of Blues. The two BFF lyrical swordsmen will perform their classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx in its entirety. Cuban Linx is the 1995 debut album from Raekwon, though since Ghostface features heavily on the project, it is also widely considered a part of his catalog. Cuban Linx is known for perfecting and popularizing the Mafioso rap genre, with dense lyricism centered around detailed stories of organized crime. It is regarded as one of the greatest rap albums of all time.
Not to be outdone, the duo Mobb Deep will also be performing their own classic, The Infamous. Mobb Deep is in high demand because rapper Prodigy was recently released from prison. During his three-year stint, Prodigy actually raised his profile by releasing a series of rambling but endearing letters from behind bars. The Infamous is, um, infamous for ushering in Mobb Deep's brand of gritty, hardcore hip-hop with hypervisual lyricism and dark, sparse instrumentals. The album is credited with helping revitalize East Coast hip-hop at the height of the East Coast vs. West Coast hip-hop feud.
Check the details of the show below. You can buy tickets at Live Nation here.
House of Blues
1055 Fifth Ave., San Dieog
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Quan Vu Quan Vu is the founder and editor of local music blog SD Raps.com. He has also written about local and national hip-hop acts for San Diego CityBeat and the San Diego Reader. You can nerd out on rap trivia by following him on Twitter or e-mailing him directly.