There’s going to be a Gathering of MCs on Friday, April 27, at Launchpad (618 Central Ave. NW) but MCA won’t be there in the flesh. He may be attending in spirit though; I’ll ask his spectre and see. In the meantime, get thee down to the west end of Downtown on Friday night for a battle of the ages. There will be prizes, including a $250 prize in the main tournament. The whole deal is hosted by Def-i and SPEED ONE. In addition to these masters of flow, you can check out acts like Def-i’s collaboration with Wake Self, Definition Rare plus Bishop Underdog, Natanii Means, Nightshield, Running With Arrows, Daybi, Dawta Magma, Macchiato Music, Ill Methods, Truth 66, Honey and DJ Poetic, plus DJ Reflekshin and the FSC Crew. Yow, that’s almost too much hip-hop to take! But serio, it’s not and will instead fill listeners with joy and other dance-y thoughts, for damn sure. 9pm • $7 • 21+.