Staff Pick: Ghostface set to make amends for last year's disappearing act

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

When Ghostface was last scheduled to perform in Columbus in July 2015, the rapper lived up to his now-you-see-me-now-you-don't name, going Casper on promoters and leaving Wu-Tang Clan running mate Raekwon alone to carry the night. Consider this headlining turn a chance to make amends. As an MC, Ghostface is nearly unparalleled, mixing a storyteller's ear (few are better at painting cinematic scenes in verse) with the vocal flair of a master dramatist. Just listen to the way he embodies the various characters populating the dark, desperate "Maxine," a standout cut off his 2001 classicBulletproof Wallets. Ghost is joined here by a cadre of Ohio rappers, including local standouts Dominique Larue and Nes Wordz, both fresh off a celebrated headlining turn on the main stage at ComFest.

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9 p.m. Friday, July 1

40 E. Long St.,

Downtown

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