Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

Devin the Dude

When: Thu., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. 2009

Houston rapper Devin the Dude is one of those weird cult hits who must have come around at just the wrong time. He's found favor with music critics and attained real staying power with Rap-a-Lot Records, a well-known underground label that housed Scarface and the Geto Boys. Devin could easily claim those guys as historical antecedents -- he and Scarface have the same penchant for melodic beats and mumbling rap flows. But, in many ways, Devin outpaces them. He half sings and half raps in a liquid cadence that sometimes moves in and out of time. Moreover, he's crafted a humorous, self-deprecating, everyman persona with fairly wide appeal, even if it doesn't propel him to mainstream success. He'll always score high with record geeks. Devin the Dude brings his shaggy-dog stories (and some fairly adult content) to Berkeley's Shattuck Down Low (2284 Shattuck Ave.) on New Year's Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31. 9 p.m., $25.

Rachel Swan

Price: $25

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