Albany has become a major tour stop in the past couple years for some of the biggest hip-hop acts around. A$AP Rocky was just here, Danny Brown flew within our Massachussets orbit and Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, the Underacheivers and Chance the Rapper are all due in town in the next couple months.
It’s only fitting, then, that a trio of classic MCs should swoop in this weekend to remind us where it all came from. Billed as Albany Spring Fest, “golden age” rappers Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte (pictured) and Doug E. Fresh are gonna do it old-school Friday night (since none have released any new material in the last decade or so—not that they need to with the discographies they’ve left in their wake). Big Daddy Kane got his start as a notorious battle rapper in the Juice Crew with Biz Markie and Marley Marl. MC Lyte made history in 1988 as the first female rapper to release a solo record. And Doug E. Fresh is one of the most legendary beatboxers to ever do his thing.
Albany Spring Fest will come to the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday, May 17) at 8 PM. Tickets are $32-$48. Call 465-3334 for more info.