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Rapper, mogul, legend: These are just a few words to describe Jay-Z. Always keen on surprising his audience, Jigga fans everywhere were sent into a frenzy in June with the release of his latest album 4:44. Social media sites had become a melting pot of 4:44 lyrics within hours of the album’s release. People were trying to decipher meaning in every word Jay-Z spoke. And who could blame them? This was his first solo album since 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail. The new album is full of gems, like the conscious track “The Story of O.J.,” which sheds light on issues concerning racial complexes and brings awareness to the importance of financial literacy. Heavy themes like this are heard throughout the album, from social and political injustices that exist in America to a more personal story of addressing his own infidelity in his marriage. Now, the “flow of the century, always timeless” HOV is bringing the now platinum-certified album to the Capital One Arena, with Chicago rapper Vic Mensa opening for him. But fear not, old Jay-Z fans. We’re sure he’ll do some of the hits, too. Read more>>> Jay-Z performs with Vic Mensa at 8 p.m. at Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW. $50–$619. (202) 628-3200. capitalonearena.monumentalsportsnetwork.com. (Mikala Williams)
Tonight, The Source is switching cuisines. The Chinese restaurant by Wolfgang Puck will serve Japanese food as a part of an event called “A Day in Japan.” Attendees can expect dumplings, ramen, sushi, sashimi, desserts, sake straight from a barrel, and Japanese whisky. Hiroyuki “Fuji” Fujino, a chef at Five Sixty, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant in Dallas, will be on hand to make it all happen. All-inclusive tickets are $85 per person and the event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Source, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 637-6100. wolfgangpuck.com/dining/the-source-washington-d-c. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Six of the nation’s best DJs will take over D.C. for the U.S. Finals of the Red Bull 3Style World DJ Championships at U Street Music Hall. 8:30 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15–$18.
Australian electronic band Cut Copy perform at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $40.
Journalist A.J. Jacobs stops by Sixth & I Historic Synagogue to discuss his new book It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree, which traces the ways in which humans are connected through generations. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $15–$40.
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