Despite a name that suggests deadly menace, Malicious Intent harbors no animosity toward man or beast. When the duo held a CD release party, it donated all proceeds from the event to a local animal shelter. Rappers Kount C and Resonate Roc drop lines about gun violence ("Metal Roses"), opiate abuse ("Oxymoron"), and working a 9-to-5 ("Like a Robot") over edgy fine-tuned beats. Malicious Intent's debut album, "Outsiders," references the pair's self-described place in the music scene along with paying homage to pro wrestling. Ovtlier, Nine Round, Without Regret, Beneath Hells Sky, Blindside Justice, FEAR the Emcee, Ferg, and Likewize also share the bill.
Malicious Intent performs at American Villain's First Anniversary Party on Friday, January 22, at Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut Street. 7 p.m. $10. themontagemusichall.com; facebook.com/maliciousintentroc.