8 p.m., The Village. $15 adv., $20 d.o.s.
According to our estimates, Curren$y released upwards of a gajillion mixtapes before he dropped his first proper, studio album last month: "Pilot Talk," one of the best rap albums of the year. (Pitchfork Media agreed this morning, giving it their "Best New Music" tag, a gold standard in the blogosphere.) After spending his 20s jumping around his native New Orleans' biggest rap labels (No Limit and Young Money/Cash Money), landing on the cover of XXL Magazine solely on the strength of his mixtapes, and releasing two instant slack-rap classics in "Elevator Musik" and "Breakfast," the rapper's now putting his work out properly with the help of diamond-studded rap label, Roc-A-Fella. His is a relatively mellow sound, not made for bedrooms or dance floors, but for tracing plumes of weed smoke through everyday monotony and, in a way, showing the familiar in a new light. When he talks about his "inkpen sneezin' " or "downloading an updated NBA roster" over a bossa-nova sample, it's like an indie-rap "Curb Your Enthusiasm." While a lot of rappers seem to pop and then quickly fade from the spotlight, Curren$y has years and years of proved staying power behind him and enough chill "What? Me worry?" charisma to make us think he'll be around for a while. He's supported by a whole pack of emcees, including progressive rapper XV, the buzzy Kevin Jack and locals E-Dubb, Joe Average, 4x4 Crew and Flame.