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Contest Mon Sep 27 2010

M.I.A. and Rye Rye Hit the Vic for Two Days

Wee rapper M.I.A. settles into the swing of The Vic Theatre this week for a double shot of hip-hop, looped beats, gunshot samples and many many many colors of DayGlo just in time to brighten up Chicago's dreary launch into fall. You already know a lot about M.I.A. — her deeply political lyrics (often met with violent images), her about-to-pop performance at last year's Grammys when she was nine months pregnant, her kinetic performances filled with video projections and lots of swagger. But she'll have something new and fresh (and dare I say a little innocent) during her current tour.

In tow this week is M.I.A.'s protege Rye Rye — a rapper (raptrix?) off of M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T label (her album Go! Pop! Bang! is due out in early 2011). She's got the spunk and sass (and trash mouth) that M.I.A. brings to the table but she's quite the new kid on the scene at 19 years old, hailing from Baltimore. Rye Rye reminds me of girls I used to watch at talent shows in high school in Virginia who had the whitest sneakers and the flyest dance moves. She's still at the point where you can see her goof and smile through her videos in a totally charming way (even though she's rapping some maybe NSFW stuff).


We've got a pair of tickets for a lucky reader to check out the show on 9/29. Just email us at contests@gapersblock.com with the subject "Swagga" and you and a friend can hit up the show. [Update! We have a winner! Congrats to David.]

M.I.A. performs two nights at the Vic this week, 9/29 and 9/30 along with Rye Rye opening. Tickets are $34. The Vic is located at 3145 N. Sheffield Ave. Music starts at 8pm. 18+.

 
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Kenny G. Villacorta / September 30, 2010 11:57 AM

Anyone know who were the djs that were playing at the concert? I'm looking everywhere and I can't find it. Send me an email kgvs72[at]gmail.com

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