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

IAMSU! & Friends

When: Thu., Dec. 27, 9 p.m. 2018

Since 2010, Richmond-bred Sudan Ameer Williams has been putting out party bangers prime for pre-gaming. Noteworthy turn-up tracks include “Whole Crew” (Young California), “She Ready” (Kilt), and “100 Grand” (Suzy 6 Speed). Williams — better known as Iamsu! — is a rapper and founder of hip-hop collective-turned-record label HBK Gang, with P-Lo and Sage the Gemini. Following two hot releases earlier this year, Williams dropped a third album on Dec. 5 called Blessed. In just 10 tracks, the 29-year-old rapper narrates a young come-up story that looks back on where he started. On “Young & Innocent,” Williams, who brings on Antioch-based R&B singer Derek King, remembers a teenage love that might sometimes linger in the back of a person’s mind. Bass-heavy “Can’t Make This Up” boasts the fast lane lifestyle that comes with success. Avoid the FOMO and party IRL with Iamsu! for his album release and listening party.

Price: $15-20

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