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Na Style Jaa’s pre-NYE rap show

For those who cannot wait until New Year’s Eve, The Loft hosts a night of unconventional hip-hop acts at a Friday show dubbed “New Year’s Eve EVE.” Lansing-based Na Style Jaa takes the stage. The eccentric rap group formed in January, and has since created a genre the group calls “story core,” which most often combines humor and dramatized historical events into the lyrics. For example, its song “Party at the Panama Canal” has a central idea that, since the Panama Canal took 10 years to build, there must’ve been a huge drunken party to celebrate. Other songs take a more ambiguous angle: “Lost in the City” is about a young saxophone player who traveled to the city to pursue music, but ended up a sidewalk performer. All the beats are self-engineered, mixed and mastered by the group. Also making some noise will be Goat Machine, a Lansing-based high-energy group that mixes hip hop, folk and funk. Opening the show is The Silver Sun. Friday, Dec. 30 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing,


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