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[HIP-HOP] THURSDAY, JULY 25

Mark our words: This is a gig that will end up being a party. Mix tallboys, a shallow pool, an outdoor mid-Strip backdrop and upbeat hip-hop that sounds anything but influenced by hip-hop (the NYC MC is a Smiths fan with an album called This Charming Man — whaaat?!), and we predict this will be a summer rager. Those needing to do some homework before committing to a ticket need to stream or buy 2011’s Timez are Weird These Days, where the only thing weird is hearing someone rap and sing over music that bridges MJ’s Thriller and Kraftwerk’s Autobahn. 8 p.m.; Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan, www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com, $20.