Rising Orlando rapper Hotboii headlines Saturday set at Limelight near West Tampa

He’s truly one of the hottest out right now.

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Orlando rapper Hotboii is coming in, uh, hot, at 52 million YouTube views for his 2020 breakout single “Don’t Need Time.” (I may have added a few hundred views to that number in the last couple of days.)

Last November, the music snobs over at Pitchfork called the trap artist’s single “Dim” the “must hear rap song of the day.” It’s a heartbreaking hit, too, thanks to lyrics like “I bought a home in the suburbs. I walk out the house, feel like I don’t belong there. Police harass me like every other night. Won’t you let me just live my motherfucking life?”

The Interscope-signed rapper has already lived a lot at just 20-years-old, which he talked about in an interview with Complex last fall.

One thing is sure, Hotboii ain’t going to be playing smaller venues like Limelight much longer. A promoter listed on the ticketing page told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that the Wellswood nightclub holds 1,500 people and that anyone walking through the doors will be required to wear a mask and adhere to all City of Tampa COVID-19 restrictions regarding mask-wearing while not seated and actively drinking or eating at a table.

Hotboii, Saturday, April 10, 10 p.m. $30 & up. Limelight, Tampa. eventbrite.com

See a list of Tampa “Safe & Sound” live music venues here.

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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