Rakim's appearance Friday at Icon is canceled; meanwhile, the bar booked Young Jeezy for its fourth annual All White Party. Time to wax philosophical about hip-hop's metamorphosis.

Rakim's appearance Friday at Icon is canceled; meanwhile, the bar booked Young Jeezy for its fourth annual All White Party. Time to wax philosophical about hip-hop's metamorphosis.

Measured and clinical, conscious and clever, Rakim is the microphone fiend old-school fans deify when complaining that nobody does it like they used to. Few do, but that's OK because rap has exploded in a million worthy directions since the "golden era," including Jeezy's gargantuan trap music.

He's authoritative on the mic, but his swagger is about power over finesse. Jeezy's defiantly thuggish and occasionally lazy with his rhymes, but thanks to his monster vocal cords, his every breath sounds like a proclamation from a grizzled ghetto god.

He's nothing like Rakim, but there's room for all kinds, right?

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9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13

231 N. 5th St., Downtown

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