When: Fri., June 26, 8 p.m. 2015
OG Maco — who plays at Venue (420 14th St., Oakland) on Friday — is one of the most notable young rappers to emerge from the current wave of left-field Atlanta emcees. But unlike his peers Migos or Young Thug, Maco’s approach to trap skews more toward punk than hip-hop. Whenever an OG Maco song comes on at a club, people don’t dance — they mosh. He first became known for his single “U Guessed It,” on which he crafted a catchy hook by emitting guttural yells and maniacal whoops over a sparse piano loop. His verses are animated to the point of chaos, with occasional interludes in a monotone drawl. Earlier this year, Maco appeared in XXL’s 2015 Freshman Class, a roundup of the country’s top up-and-coming rappers. While the MC previously said that his first hit was a fluke, he has been steadily releasing well-received, new material that has shown fans and critics that he’s more than a one-hit wonder.