Say hello to July, everyone. While we've been taking special care to celebrate the wide bevy of versatile shows to visit the DFW in the past six months, it's been important that we highlight some of the great shows of the future. Although plenty of rap and hip-hop favorites will soon be making their way through the metroplex this summer, July is sporting some very interesting prospects, including a visit from one of rap's hugest hit-makers right now.
Here's a list of the best rap acts visiting North Texas this month. Take great pleasure in knowing that yes, it's completely Beyonce-and-Jay-Z free.
Curren$y, July 8 at Trees
Curren$y's divisive brand of sardonic hip-hop has already earned its own reputation, along with its own legion of fans. Whether the subject is sagging pants or "real music," the 33-year-old rapper-producer (real name: Shante Franklin) has a few words to say about it and an equally hot beat to go with it. Such unapologetic staunchness is rare to find in the industry these days and it works for Curren$y in ways that would have been difficult to pull off ages ago. In an era of hip-hop where Drake ballads rule the radio and EDM oversees all, Curren$y is dedicated to making music that is as distinctive as it is analyzing.
Young Thug, July 26 at The Prophet Bar
Fans were understandably disappointed upon first notice of this show's rescheduling, but The Prophet Bar has now confirmed: Young Thug will be making his first Dallas appearance after all. After an incredible year filled with star-studded collaborations and three collaborative mixtapes in the works, it's difficult to deny Thug's grip on hip-hop airwaves at the moment. The same goes for his incredible work output: In just six short months, the Atlanta native has dropped 92 records -- a record he's sure to topple in just another month's time. It's only fitting that his first Dallas performance would make a home of The Prophet Bar, a venue well known for encouraging and supporting hip-hop talent.
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Kevin Gates, July 18 at Trees
2014 has been a good year so far for Kevin Gates. The Baton Rouge native has already racked up a 2014 XXL Freshman spot and a cozy place on the Billboard 200 charts with his recent release, By Any Means. It seems the only thing left for the young rapper is a decent domestic tour -- and that's exactly what he intends to do. A great string of shows will do Gates well in the face of those still willing to sleep on his intense delivery and point-blank lyricism and will no doubt provide a healthy boost for the rest of the year. This will be his first show in Dallas, which makes it perfect for the intimate settings of Trees' stage.
Kitty, July 24 at Club Dada
Kitty's bubble-gum-tinged raps and dreamy beats make her an interesting character in hip-hop, but a welcome one for sure. Since making her debut in 2012, Kitty (nee Pryde) has been carefully crafting her special brand of raps on everything from relationships to the music industry with lyrics that are as complex as they are forthright. And with collaborations with names like Riff Raff and Danny Brown under her belt, Kitty has definitely shown that her sound can stand tall next to even the grittiest hit-makers. With fellow femcees Awkwafina and Jenny Robinson hitting the Club Dada stage in support, it'll definitely be a show for all interests.