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T-Pain does not incorporate elaborate metaphors into his music. He prefers simple statements: “I’m ’n luv wit a stripper,” “I’ma buy u a drank,” “I’m on a boat.” The original auto-tuned versions of these songs are classics of mid-2000s hip-hop and R&B, and soundtracked many a dorm-room dance party. But when T-Pain, born Faheem Najm, stripped the production and performed an adaptation backed only by a keyboard at a 2014 NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, those declarations took on even more power. Instead of seeming silly, T-Pain was sincere. If you met him at the club and heard his plea, you’d probably let him buy you that drink. To date, more than 11.3 million people have watched his Tiny Desk concert, and its success inspired him to embark on a national acoustic tour. He has overcome the pain of leaving his hometown and building a career (the T stands for Tallahassee, Florida) and has established himself as a savvy businessman dedicated to entertaining his adoring fans. Read more>>> T-Pain performs with Smino at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $30. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Caroline Jones)
Requin from Mike Isabella is the latest restaurant to open at The Wharf. The modern French eatery serves creative dishes like escargot croissants with green Chartreuse butter ($10) and a miniature onion soup with tender oxtail ($10). Don’t miss the beignets for dessert. They come with brown butter and chestnut cream ($11). Requin, 100 District Square SW. (202) 827-8380. requinbymic.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Author and deputy editor of The Intercept Roger D. Hodge discusses his new book about the national and regional history of the Texas borderlands, Texas Blood, at Politics and Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
British vocal group Orlando Consort, best known for singing Renaissance music, performs at the Library of Congress. 8 p.m. at First Street and Independence Avenue SE. Free.
Alternative reggae group Iration performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
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