Editors' pick

Arabesque: K'Naan

Hip-Hop/Rap
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Editorial Review

Here's one of those "better line up early" shows at Millennium Stage. K'Naan is gaining some major buzz thanks to his combination of equally intriguing backstory and sound. He grew up in war-torn Somalia but managed to flee the country, landed in New York, became immersed in the poetry and hip-hop scenes and just released one of most buzzed about albums of early 2009 in "Troubadour," which features cameos from the bizarre trio of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Brooklyn rapper Chubb Rock (on the irresistible "ABC") and Maroon 5's Adam Levine. As with many albums that have an array of guests it's sometimes unfocused, but K'Naan's message of hope and his beats usually find their way to the forefront. As always at Millennium Stage, the show is free. But showing up right at 6 p.m. will leave you out of luck this time.

-- David Malitz (February 24, 2009)