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Denzel Curry may be just 23 years old, but he’s already thinking about his legacy. “We set the tone for everybody else, and then they just took it a bit further,” he recently told Pitchfork. “Each thing just made me legendary in my own right, and people started to realize my influence.” Curry may sound cocky, but the Miami rapper isn’t wrong: Among the current crop of so-called SoundCloud rappers who have taken over hip-hop, Curry is an influential veteran. After dropping his first mixtape at 16, Curry has consistently pushed his art forward, updating Three 6 Mafia for a new generation with his spitfire flow and psychedelic tendencies. And for a rapper whose breakthrough single was the mosh pit-starting “Threatz,” he’s increasingly shown off an ear for melody, as he does throughout his latest album, TA13OO. Even with his preternatural accomplishments, it feels as if Curry is just getting started. “Everybody wanna ride waves, and jump when the ship don’t sail,” he raps on “SWITCH IT UP | ZWITCH 1T UP,” as if he knows it’s more exciting to start waves than to ride them to shore. Read more>>> Denzel Curry performs at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $25–$75. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Chris Kelly)
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Union Stage welcomes folk rock and bluegrass bands Fruition and The Lil Smokies. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $22–$30.
Welsh indie musician Gruff Rhys performs at DC9. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $15.
Founder of Prosperity Now Robert E. Friedman talks about his new book A Few Thousand Dollars, in which he draws on his expertise to argue that rapidly growing income inequality and the tremendous racial gap in income can be alleviated by turning tax subsidies for the rich into investment in the many. 7 p.m. at 1270 5th St. NE. Free.
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