Eight Gigs: Paul Willis
Fri., May 22, 7:30 p.m., Sol Collective, $12
Originally from Boston, Sactown rapper, spoken-word artist and educator Paul Willis is set to release his 13-track album, Rough Draft, just in time for Hip-Hop Appreciation Week, celebrated each year the third week in May. “I am a man that believes in the power of young people, and the power of communities coming together to do some really positive things, and that's what my music and poetry is about,” says Willis in a recent YouTube video. Rough Draft features songs like “The Quiet Don't Come” with lyrics that reflect Willis' positive message. The album's title track features community-oriented values and conscious lifestyle content with smooth R&B vibes. 2574 21st Street, https://paulwillis.bandcamp.com.