Busta Rhymes

Monday, October 31; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)

On "What More Can I Say," Jay-Z allowed for a few slights in his career, among them being "not as animated as....Busta Rhymes." Well geez, Jigga, don't be so hard on yourself. After all, who is as frenetic as the dude who first received attention for yelling "WOO-HAH!"? Still, although animated is a good way to describe Busta's classic, fisheye-intensive videos, maybe he's chilled out some. Before his appearance on the Pussycat Dolls' hit "Don't Cha," his last single was the relatively low-key slice of product placement, "Pass the Courvoisier, Pt. 2" with the laid-back Pharrell and Diddy. And the early leaks from his upcoming album have been rowdy -- especially the Daft Punk-sampling "Touch It" -- but in a subdued, controlled way.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 to $19; call 314-726-6161 for more information.