Just as quickly as it came to prominence, what’s known as the “SoundCloud rap” scene has been decimated by the deaths of its biggest stars. Still standing is Trippie Redd, a 20-year-old whose full-throated, half-sung raps are heavily influenced by the heart-on-sleeve melodies of emo. That’s especially true on his latest “A Love Letter to You” mix tape, where acoustic guitars are as prevalent as trap drums. And even though he sings, “I’m so sick of love songs, I’m so tired of love songs,” he’s just as likely to ask “who needs love” as he is to belt out, “I wish that you would love me more.” Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. at Echostage. Sold out.
Bat for Lashes
Across five albums, Natasha Khan has explored the realm of baroque art pop in the Kate Bush mold as Bat for Lashes. “With most albums, I’ll start them as a film idea then write a script, a narrative or a story, then I’ll flesh out the soundtrack in my mind and that becomes the album,” Khan told NME. She accomplished that mission on her most recent one, last year’s “Lost Girls.” Thanks to its drum machine patter, reverberating guitar riffs, synthesizer arpeggios and her beguiling vocals, the album plays like the soundtrack to a forgotten ’80s movie. Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I. $25-$29.
It seems that most acts are content to use their tours to celebrate past glories, playing old albums in their entirety. That wouldn’t do for Cam’ron, the Harlem rapper known for his brash personality, countless feuds and vibrantly hued wardrobes. So instead of taking his 2004 career highlight “Purple Haze” on the road, he made a sequel to it. On “Purple Haze 2,” Killa Cam demonstrated that his surreal sense of humor, wicked wordplay and in-the-pocket rhymes are still sharp. How sharp? “So-called gangstas, you better move gentle,” he raps, “Kill you with the number 2 lead from my pencil.” Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. at the Howard Theatre. $27.50-$35.