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Devin the Dude

7 p.m. Friday, September 17. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.

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There's something refreshingly unassuming about Devin Copeland's chosen stage name, Devin the Dude. The same thing can be said for his music: Devin's songs aren't filled with tales of hardcore violence and obscene wealth — he's more likely to rap (or sing) about running out of weed or chasing women. His reputation as an everyman rapper — and a couple of high-profile features, including "Fuck You" from Dr. Dre's The Chronic 2001 — has earned him a niche following in hip-hop over the last decade or so. But even Devin's filthiest punch lines are pulled off with a certain charm, as his often comical lyrics tend to complement his easygoing delivery and Texas drawl.

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