When: Fri., March 25, 7 p.m. 2016
In the crime drama Paid in Full, Mekhi Phifer, donning a turtleneck and gold chain, looks wistfully off-camera and lays out his career choice — “I love the game. I love the hustle, man.” Memphis trap mastermind Black Smurf shares a similar mindset, opening his video for “Stay Focused” with that quote and posting otherworldly trap to his SoundCloud at an astonishing pace. Like the best of Southern rap, Smurf aims for style and essence over lyrical acumen. This is music to be played loud at the gas station, with bass knocking snacks and blunt wraps onto the aisle floor. With Jeffery, Ma$$ie, PMG and more.