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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and the classic hip-hop takeover on New Orleans airwaves 

The rap outfit is at Tipitina's Aug. 17

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It seems impossible, in this fiercely loyal broadcasting locality, that arguably the greatest gift bestowed by the radio gods in 2017 has been an automated satellite simulcast from faceless corporation iHeartMedia. Yet any devotee of classic hip-hop, R&B and New Orleans bounce will attest: K242CE, better known to FM listeners as Throwback 96.3, is exactly what our airwaves were missing. There's a healthy dose of 2Pac and Biggie, of course, but where the station really kills it is in the margins, those pop-cultural recesses where hibernating, deeply nostalgic sentiment thrives, from SWV to Mia X, Kurtis Blow to DJ Jubilee. This 96.3-sponsored show is like a drive-time hour sprung to life, an inspired crossroads of national and regional rap's past and present: octave-hopping 1990s ensemble Bone Thugs-N-Harmony — which last month dropped its 11th release, New Waves, a Krayzie/Bizzy joint credited simply to Bone Thugs — with up-and-coming area MC Alfred Banks, on track to be a staple of the 2020s Throwback. Amanda Ducorbier opens. Tickets $33 in advance, $35 day of show.

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