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      August 27, 2019

      Tuesday   8:00 PM

      130 North Central Avenue
      Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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      Lilbootycall


      Before he got hit by a truck, Lilbootycall didnt seem destined to become a rap star. The glasses-wearing, half-Mexican, half-Native American kid wasnt the most popular figure in his high school; he wasnt even the most popular rapper. He dreamed of becoming a musician but he was bullied relentlessly for playing the clarinet in band class that he ended up ditching the instrument in a locker. He was the perpetual outsider, and by the time he graduated he felt he was going to stay that way.It took getting run over by that truckwhile riding a borrowed bike to a grocery store job he hatedto put him on the path to making music. He quit that job, started making beats in Garageband on his stepdads laptop (using his earbud mic to record his vocals), and began experimenting with how to fit together all the different types of music hed grown up on: his dads Linkin Park and Papa Roach, his moms No Doubt and Mariah Carey, and rappers like Three 6 Mafia and Paul Wall whod spearheaded Southern hip-hops early-aughts takeover of the pop charts during his childhood. When it came time to choose his nom de rap, he decided to pay tribute to his lurking suspicion that he was the booty call of his social circle, who his friends would only hit up when everyone else was busy.Against all odds Lilbootycall managed to turn all that anxiety into instantly accessible music, combining emotional catharsis with catchy hooks and a laid-back flow that feels self-deprecating and nonchalant but legitimately lives up to its Texas rap heritage. Add in a dash of hazy bedroom pop atmosphere and youve got all the ingredients for Sailor Moon, the breakthrough single that put Call on the map in early 2017, racking up nearly 4 million plays on SoundCloud with no label, no management, and no press until Noisey caught on a year after the fact.Lilbootycalls first album-length statement was made with real instruments in a real studiono borrowed laptop this timeas well as a lot of real emotion. It plays around, in its own nonchalant way, with real issues that Calland so many of the rest of usalso deal with: depression, bullying, feeling like all the cool stuffs happening somewhere you werent invited, trying to chat up someone cute when youve got crippling social anxiety. Judging by the DMs overflowing from his inbox, its connecting. In a world full of outcasts, Lilbootycalls finally a go-to guy.

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