Thurs., May 16, Light-Skinned Creole

Blue Lamp, 9 p.m., $5

Local rapper Light-Skinned Creole is originally from Louisiana, and just like Louisiana cooking, he brings a vast array of flavors to hip-hop. There are elements of West Coast, East Coast and Southern rap styles. At times, he brings a wild party vibe, a tough-as-nails gangsta persona and a serious socially conscious tone. But rather than bouncing around between flavors, he mixes it all together, like a hip-hop jambalaya of sorts. The final result is a strange mellow rap that lurks with a certain mystery. With his tight but surreal rapping, he seems to shout and whisper at once. The beats are hard-hitting, but still kind of float in outer space. 1400 Alhambra Boulevard,