Homegrown, hard-hitting hip-hop artist KZA K'Lee comes equipped with biting knowledge, reigning supreme over rugged, hyperactive beats. His gritty and ruthless style has been gestating through multiple releases — including his latest LP, "Straitdrop Magazine" — collaborations, and visually fresh music videos. Influence from contemporary artists like Mick Jenkins and Kendrick Lamar are apparent, as are old school sounds reminiscent of the rawness of Rakim and the easy cool of Digable Planets.
KZA K' Lee performs with Mistar Anderson and WESLEYFRANKLIN on Friday, April 12, 8:30 p.m. at Small World Books, 425 North Street. $5-$10 suggested donation. 232-6970. facebook.com/smallworldbooks; kzaklee.com; mistaranderson.com; wslyfrnkln.com.