“Santana is next,” Cam’ron famously declared on 2004’s Purple Haze, then, his protege’s solid grower What The Game’s Been Missing! notwithstanding, Santana wasn’t next. Oh, he didn’t fade away entirely: a solo mixtape here, a Skull Gang outing there, the supposed Lil Wayne collaborative LP that never came to fruition, the would-be singles that didn’t quite land. (“Mixin’ Up the Medicine” is straight fire.) But for the past nine years, Dipset stans have been denied a solid , cash-infused dose of this Harlem MC’s deceptively elementary wordplay; the title of his perpetually-delayed next LP, perhaps portentously, is Born To Lose, Built To Win.
Sun., June 8, 8 p.m., 2014