Three hip-hop heavyweights are hitting Vegas clubs this weekend but not necessarily at the venues you might expect.
Miami rapper Trina has been in the news due to some controversy surrounding her summer single “BAPS” with Nicki Minaj. She has been nominated for multiple BET, Soul Train, Source and MTV Video Music awards and recently released sixth studio album The One—her first proper record since 2010—but she might still be best known for turn-of-the-century breakthroughs “Nann” with Trick Daddy, “Pull Over,” “Da Baddest B*tch.” Her rapid-fire, attitude-drenched delivery remains instantly recognizable, just as compelling on “BAPS” as it was on those 20-year-old bass bangers. It’s why XXL magazine once called Trina the most consistent female rapper of all time.
The One also features appearances from DJ Khaled, 2 Chainz, former flame Lil Wayne, K. Michelle and Kelly Price, but “BAPS”—which samples classic Cash Money Millionaires track “Project B*tch” by Birdman, Mannie Fresh, Lil Wayne and Juvenile—stands out thanks to dueling verses by Trina and Nicki. When Reginald Saunders, A&R head of Trina’s Rockstarr music label, recently criticized Nicki for failing to promote the track and accused her of deception, Trina quickly jumped in to quash the brewing beef via Instagram. We’ll see if there’s any extra drama when Trina takes the stage at Light Friday night.
The next day, Def Squad icon Redman and Wu-Tang Clan standout Method Man reunite for a live performance at the Flamingo’s Go Pool, which has been hosting plenty of pop stars and R&B singers all summer long. Meth and Red have built considerable secondary careers out of their recurring team-up, which has spawned two studio albums and the 2001 cult-classic stoner film How High. They most recently appeared together earlier this year on E-40’s “Keep on Gassin,” but you might better remember the magical 2017 weed-rap collaboration “Mount Kushmore” with Snoop Dogg and B-Real.
You never know when these two will pop up on a new track but they are scheduled to appear in Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, coming to theaters this October, so the Go Pool party won’t be the last time you’ll see Method Man and Redman this year.
TRINA August 23, 10:30 p.m., $20-$30. Light, 702-632-4700.
METHOD MAN & REDMAN August 24, 9 a.m., $20. Go Pool, 702-697-2888.