Concert preview: Veteran West Coast rapper Ras Kass is catnip to hip-hop heads who prize grimy, battle-ready bars

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Much of Ras’ new Barmaggedon could have been airlifted direct from 1998, but he messes with the present too, somewhat clumsily, with tracks called “Upscale Ratchet” and “MollyWorld.” He’s in the zone throughout, though, with guest spots from stars new (Kendrick Lamar), old (Talib Kweli, Guilty Simpson) and really old (Too Short, Mr. “SVU” himself, Ice-T) to bolster the appeal.

Those guys won’t be there for Ras’ show Friday at Skully’s, but these guys will: Triggy Trone, Natty Boi, Demari Faust, Da Entre, Hafrican, Luxury League, Pilot of Cash Kounty and Wallabe.

Skully's Music Diner

9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16

1151 N. High St., Short North