But if mainstream audiences and critics continue to write off indie rap as a province for silly idealists and college nerds, then I'll Sleep When You're Dead indicates that the genre survives in spite of their disdain. At the very least, it sets an impressively high standard for a much-maligned and beleaguered art form.
"I think the genre is a little bit stagnant, musically and creatively. And I think we've seen the result of that, whether it's show attendance, record sales, and just general complaints from the music community," Uzoigwe says. "I think [I'll Sleep When You're Dead] is a much-needed addition to the indie hip-hop canon." *
Sun/25, 9 p.m., $15
444 Jessie, SF