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Ab Soul 

When: Sun., June 17, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $18-$28

If Top Dawg Entertainment is becoming a minor hip-hop empire, the members of Black Hippy are its royalty. Kendrick Lamar is the wise young emperor, Jay Rock is a sinister general-at-arms, and Schoolboy Q is the deceptively powerful jester. Rapper Ab Soul's role may be a little less clear, but he nonetheless has a crucial role to play. Sometimes stunting like rowdy nobility, sometimes like a mysterious auger, Ab Soul embodies the TDE spirit, both headstrong and wise beyond his years. From his weed-smoke reveries to rapping the number of milliseconds in a year, Ab Soul is both adventurous and traditional. Last year's mixtapeLong Term: Mentality was a proper debut, and with Control System, the long-haired Los Angeles emcee is finally enjoying his time to shine. Who knows if the whole crew will be in attendance on Sunday, but the bill promises very special guests. At the New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Sunday, June 17 at 8 p.m., $18-$28,

— Will Butler


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