Concert preview: Rapper Nova serves up 'food for thought' on InNOVAte

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

On InNOVAte, Columbus rapper Nova serves up "food for thought," exploring his hard-knock roots ("Land of the Loveless"), tracing his steady maturation ("Think It Over") and paying tribute to those who have supported him along the way ("Ode to You"). Despite the blue-collar approach, the album isn't without its playful moments - "Turn up the speaks and let me dance with the beat," the MC offers at one point - and both sides will likely be on display when Nova takes the Summit stage this weekend as part of the hip-hop monthly Knock Five. Metro, TrigNO and Joey Smooth are also scheduled to perform.

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The Summit

9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19

2216 Summit St., Campus