Loosely RAPPED

Orlando-based hip-hop artist MidaZ the Beast keeps it on a progressive tip, adept on blending cerebral songwriting, tripped-out production and a strong, word delivery. Check out his “Graduation Hats,” a four-minute track that rolls along with upright bass, looped shimmering guitar, all served up as MidaZ’s shout-out to his hometown of Winter Park. His latest 12-track release, Loops Two, raises the bar even higher, with tunes like the ’70s funk-soul vibe of “Bad Kung Fu” and a cover featuring Charles Bukowski’s mug getting the graffiti/street art treatment.

9 p.m. Friday, April 7 with openers FFJB Music Team, Dumbtron, Tzarizm, Indigo Blak and DJ Sharp, at Rain Dogs, Riverside, $7 advance; $10 at the door, facebook.com/pg/raindogsjax.