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Best Place to Hear Hip-Hop


407 E. Saratoga St., (410) 783-7888,

Scan any event on the Sonar calendar presented by Tay-Land Promotions and file the performers’ names away. The odds are pretty good that at least one of ’em is going to be next year’s breakout MC. That’s in some part just a statistical observation: The sheer volume of local rappers that pass through is pretty huge. Thanks in large part to Tay-Land, the venue’s become a ground-zero for the kind of massive bills of local MCs that mix up Baltimore big names and untested rappers into a stew giant enough such that it can barely fit on a flier. Sonar’s always been kind to hip-hop—in a city with very few aboveground outlets for it, notably—but the past year has seen it approaching critical mass.

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