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Black Spade

9 p.m. Wednesday, November 23. The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue.


Local legend Black Spade has long been known for taking hip-hop off its beaten path. Just as capable a producer as he is a singer and emcee, Spade's soulful vocals tend to melt effortlessly over his warm synths and dizzying drum patterns. This show will celebrate the release of his latest album, The Sweetest Revenge, a collaborative effort between Spade and F5 Records' DJ Crucial. The album boasts guest appearances from other Force affiliates such as Nato Caliph and Tef Poe, both of whom will be on hand to perform. There will also be an opening set by Lavelle Spitz.

Believe It or Not: The price of admission gets you a copy of Revenge on actual vinyl! Not to worry, digital loyalists — the album comes with a downloadable copy.

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