Tonight: Reef the Lost Cauze and Smif-n-Wessun

Double shot of underground rap at Underground Arts.

Hometown hip-hop hero Reef the Lost Cauze.

Hometown hip-hop hero Reef the Lost Cauze.

This stacked rap bill promises righteous beats to bob heads and badass rhymes to move minds. Which is not to say either act gets the “conscious hip-hop” tag too often: Both are forged in the ’90s/2000s underground and come from tough streets (and tough scenes), and they wear that badge proudly. They rep their hometowns. They talk about guns. They’ve seen some things. Both Smif-n-Wessun (aka Tek and Steele of Brooklyn’s Boot Camp Clik) and hard-touring, rap-battle-tested, Philly MC Reef the Lost Cauze make witty, gritty, adrenalized hip-hop. This two-fer makes good sonic sense.

Okay, now let’s watch some (NSFW) videos.

Smif-n-Wessun and Reef The Lost Cauze @ Underground Arts, tonight, Thursday, April 13, 9 p.m., $13-$16, with Judah Priest, Mason, Knowledge featuring DJ Kid Roc, and DJ DOMMIS.