In the past few years, Height, aka Dan Keech, has become the biggest white rapper in Baltimore — both musically and physically (he's a pretty large guy, hence the name). He has a plodding, deliberate cadence that begs a closer listen. You might call him the anti-Busta Rhymes.
Height is the centerpiece of Height With Friends, a group that combines the sharp guitar hooks of rock 'n' roll with rap's heavy beats. The production on their new album, "Rock and Roll," released last month on the Baltimore label Friends Records, is remarkably crisp. The arrangements often recall '60s pop and R&B/soul; the track "Hard Work" even has backup singers gingerly cooing "Ahh-oop."