Whitney Peyton, with Ces Cru and G-Mo Skee, Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., blacksheeprocks.com.
usicians, and the fans who love them, rightfully hate it when they hear the old “if this act had a baby with that act” comparison. Unless, of course, it’s the artists themselves who deliver it, as when Whitney Peyton likened her style to “Gwen Stefani and Eminem having a love child that was deemed mentally unstable.” A Philly suburbanite who first made waves by contributing to an anti-bullying collection that won the 2012 Grammy for Best Children’s Album, Peyton went on to tour with the Kottonmouth Kings and open for acts ranging from horror-rapper Tech N9ne to Hyphy pioneer Mistah F.A.B. She also endeared herself to ICP fans at the Gathering of the Juggalos, and last year became the first hip-hop signing by the metalcore-inclined Tragic Hero Records. Her label debut Firecracker (Pyro Edition)
has since raised her profile in a big way, reaching No. 9 on Billboard’s Rap Album chart. So while Ces Cru may be the headliner, this could be one of those nights where it’s worth showing up on time.