SEPTEMBER 10

Shabba Ranks’ U.S. success helped dissipate his bad-bwai rep, and Buju Banton’s Mercury debut, Voice of Jamaica, is marred by the same kind of crossover ambition that has characterized Ranks’ American releases. But chances are that Buju’s badness will stay intact: The uproar that followed “Mi Love Mi Browning” was dwarfed by what his gay-bashing “Boom Bye Bye” wrought. And even Ninjaman, the original Don Gorgon, pays respect to Banton (and his refusal to apologize for “Boom Bye Bye”) on his own “Take Bill Clinton.” That Banton can be insensitive is an understatement; yet he has also demonstrated outrage at the world’s injustices (“How Massa God World a Run”)—and, of course, an unerring ability to make the girls wearing batty riders move. Banton makes his first area appearance since attaining the-next-Shabba status Friday; co-headlining is his frequent duet partner Beres Hammond. Friday at 10 p.m. at the D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. NE. $27. (202) 547-9077. (Alona Wartofsky)