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Pass the mic to Ghostface Killah

Canalside will host hip-hop royalty on July 13. That's when Ghostface Killah and Slick Rick will share a bill that should strike fear into the hearts of sucker MCs far and wide. This, my friends, is old school. The real deal.

You know Ghostface Killah as a prominent member of hip-hop supergroup the Wu-Tang Clan, but the man has been functioning as a full-fledged solo artist for 20 years, earning props from critics and fans alike from the moment he dropped his solo debut, "Ironman," in 1996. There is critical consensus regarding Ghostface's sophomore effort, "Supreme Clientelle," an album held by many to be one of the finest Wu-Tang-related collections extant.

I'd never accuse MTV of getting it right, but that's exactly what happened when the network included Ghostface in its "Top 50 MCs of Our Time" list back in 2006. The man's indelible, fast-paced flow has left a serious mark on hip-hop, influencing the likes of Tech N9ne, Busta Rhymes and Twista.

Ghostface Killah and Slick Rick: 6 p.m. July 13 at Canalside. Admission is $5 (, Canalside).

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