In 2013, Lucki emerged like Athena from the head of Zeus, fully formed and ready for battle. Just 16 years old at the time (and performing as Lucki Eck$), he called his style—and his debut mixtape—Alternative Trap, coming at the street-born rap of Atlanta and his Chicago hometown from odd angles, and armed with a lethargic flow and a gift for wordplay. Five years and a bunch of mixtapes and EPs later, Lucki still sounds like no one else in hip-hop, even if his sedated style and ear for spaced-out beats has certainly influenced rappers for whom he is a 22-year-old veteran. It’s that preternatural talent that has drawn the attention of collaborators like experimental R&B star FKA twigs and Detroit rap iconoclast Danny Brown, and finds him tackling new sounds and concepts on every project. Lucki has spent the last few years percolating in the underground, but he might not stay there for long. As he raps on “Distant,” a track from his new EP Days B4 II, “Under 30, I got Forbes in my wish list.” Read more>>> Lucki performs at 8 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $15–$50. (877) 987-6487. unionstage.com. (Chris Kelly)
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Six-person D.C. soul-funk group Lightmare performs at DC9. 7:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.
The Library of Congress presents Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists, a showcase of the library’s collection of little-known contributions by American women to the popular art forms. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 10 1st St. SE. Free.
Longtime Virginian-Pilot reporter Earl Swift talks about his book Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island, the culmination of his experience living with the watermen of the sinking island, at Politics and Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
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