There's a singsong quality to the legendary rapper's voice that others have imitated (note Boots Riley of the Coup's heavily accented flow on "We Are the Ones") but never quite duplicated, and he deploys it to devastating effect on all-time classics like "Children's Story," a multi-character epic that comes on like a cross between a bedtime fairytale and a twisting, turning episode of "The Wire."

There’s a singsong quality to the legendary rapper’s voice that others have imitated (note Boots Riley of the Coup’s heavily accented flow on “We Are the Ones”) but never quite duplicated, and he deploys it to devastating effect on all-time classics like “Children’s Story,” a multi-character epic that comes on like a cross between a bedtime fairytale and a twisting, turning episode of “The Wire.”

G Finesse and the NS and Hafrican open the show.

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