Kid Ink returns home a conquering hero. After releasing a slew of mixtapes and an album on his own, the rapper inked a deal with RCA last year. The resulting marriage has catapulted the 27-year-old local favorite into the mainstream. Between his first single, "Bad Ass," and the platinum-selling radio hit "Show Me," on which he joined forces with Chris Brown and DJ Mustard, the rapper born Brian Todd Collins has established himself as one of L.A.'s fastest-rising emcees. The January release of his second full-length, My Own Lane
, won him further plaudits, even if the sound is more commercial than longtime fans are accustomed to. Regardless, Kid Ink has managed to balance a burgeoning mainstream appeal while staying true to his underground roots.
Sun., April 6, 8 p.m., 2014
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