When: Sat., Feb. 20, 9 p.m. 2016
Hailing from Jersey City, Joe Budden is a stalwart East Coast emcee with ties to Emenim's Shady Records. An adroit lyricist, the 35 year old Budden has consistently maintained street cred by sticking to gangsta themes and street dreams, with occasional forays (see his Slaughterhouse collaboration with Royce da 5'9" and others) into darker, shock-rap elements. Though his eight albums, two EPs and smattering of mixtapes, he has charted solidly and never disappointed in terms of hip-hop fundamentals. He's also known for being a workhorse on the touring circuit, so you know his live show is tight.