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Ra'Shaun, Rich Robbins, Hanks, Tas Raww, Landon DeVon, 6Wisco, P Swagger, The Pro, DJ Pain 1 (free)

  • Memorial Union Terrace 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Rich Robbins. Photo by J. Scott Kunkel.

Rich Robbins. Photo by J. Scott Kunkel.

The Urban Community Arts Network's series of summer concerts highlighting local hip-hop is having a particularly strong year, and this show, dubbed 808s In The 608, might be the best lineup of the bunch. (There's also another installment of the series earlier in the day on the Square.) Most importantly, this will be Rich Robbins' last show as a Madison resident—the MC graduated from UW-Madison's First Wave program a couple years ago, and is moving back to his hometown of Chicago soon, along with his right-hand producer Since'93. Robbins, real name Christian Robinson, has distinguished himself on two albums—2015's Nimbus and 2016's All.This.Gold—that reflect his conceptual ambition as well as a gift for charming yet challenging bars. On tracks like "H.o.V.," Robinson uses smooth and nimble delivery to delve into complex questions about facing one's flaws and the value of life itself: "This the Fountain of Youth, I done punctured the vein / I done been up so early, heard the moon while it's prayin'." Combine it with other Madison-connected MCs including Ra'Shaun and DJ Pain 1 hosting, and this is an excellent night of hip-hop on the Terrace. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: August 12
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