Tonight, two of my favorite current rappers (Big KRIT and Curren$y) plus one of my favorite veterans (Method Man) bring their unabashedly-named “Smokers Club Tour” to San Francisco. Lest you dismiss them for using Towelie’s even-more-stoned cousin as their tour mascot (see above), we thought it’d be fun to throw together a preview of this (musically!) potent lineup.
Since his early days with Wu-Tang, Method Man‘s seen a generation of rappers come and go, and it’s probably faster to name who he hasn’t collaborated with than who he has. Method’s toned it down over the years – he’s a family man now – but we expect (hope) him to mine his deep catalogue to mix in some old hits with the new. Here’s one of my favorites – 2004’s “What’s Happenin’.”
My old roommate spent years producing for rap artists in Jackson, MI and is directly responsible for introducing me to both KRIT and Curren$y. Every single time we put the “KRIT Wuz Here” tape, he would (without fail) extol KRIT’s genius as a rapper/producer double-threat breathing life into the Southern rap game. His range is the most impressive thing to me – from the clubworthy “Country Shit” to the wickedly intelligent “Hometown Hero,” a nod to his Mississippi origins he wears with great pride.
And for a change of pace, we’re gonna do it reaaaal slow for a minute. Curren$y uses space as well as any rapper in the spotlight right now (and yes, I worded that so as not to piss off Biggie’s ghost), flipping his rhymes with a vengeance to play off all the different intricacies in his beats. He’s found his groove through frequent collabs with Mos Def and Swiss Beatz, whose spacious beats work well with Curren$y’s relaxed, effortless flow.
The Smokers Club tour will continue through late November and also features support from Fiend, the Pricks, and Corner Boy. Remaining dates below:
11-02 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
11-04 Scottsdale, AZ – Venue of Scottsdale
11-06 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
11-09 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
11-10 Austin, TX – Stubb’s
11-11 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
11-13 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
11-15 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
11-16 Charlotte, NC – Amos
11-17 Richmond, VA – The National
11-18 Norfolk, VA – Norva Theater
11-20 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
11-21 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11-22 Allentown, PA – Crocodile Cafe
You can buy your tickets for the tour over on the main site.