Even though Rick Ross’s Teflon Don (2010) had tracks produced by Kanye West and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, its two most important songs came from the desktop of Lex Luger, the barely known 19-year-old whose biggest previous hit had been Waka Flocka Flame’s “Hard in the Paint.” And though Luger only manned the boards on one song from Ross’s Rich Forever follow-up in January, his sound—where rattling bass and kickdrum patterns anchor snares and hi-hats that roll throughout the measure and clap on the threes—was all over the tape, now in the hands of Beat Billionaire, Mike Will, and just about every other producer in the South. Tonight, Ross takes that sound, if not the kid behind it, to the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Tue., March 13, 8 p.m., 2012

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