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There’s something old school about A Boogie Wit da Hoodie. Maybe it’s the way the 22-year-old Bronx native raps, with heavy doses of lyricism and melody that make him a clear-eyed, full-hearted counter to his contemporaries, garnering him a spot on XXL’s trendsetting Freshman Class list. Maybe it’s that moniker—replacing his given name, Artist Julius Dubose—inspired by Paid in Full, a film set in the ’80s and named after the Eric B. & Rakim classic. “After a while, everybody will know me as Artist,” he told Newsweek last year. The double entendre holds on his latest project, International Artist, a true-to-its-title array of globetrotting collaborations that show off A Boogie’s personality and artistry. Rather than the piano-heavy sing-song of breakthrough hit “Drowning,” International Artist is heavy on dancehall, reggaeton, and Afrobeats, which are en vogue right now. Maybe his hustle is his most old-school trait. “I got my foot in the door,” he raps. “They never gave me the key.” Read more>>> A Boogie Wit da Hoodie performs at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $37–$40. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Chris Kelly)
OH AND ALSO
Las Vegas pop-rock band Imagine Dragons performs at Jiffy Lube Live. 7 p.m. at 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $79.50.
Comedy institution The Second City presents a satirical battle of the ages called Generation Gap, a new piece created specifically for the Kennedy Center Theater Lab. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $49–$59.
Contributors to the new anthology Who Will Speak for America? discuss how writers are making sense of the Trump era and their hopes for the nation at Politics & Prose’s flagship store. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
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