City Paper is not for tourists
Earlier this month, local rapper and artist Tarica June dropped the music video for her 2014 single “But Anyway,” and it struck a chord with many D.C. residents. In it, June raps about how much the city has changed while strolling through various locales in Northwest—mostly gentrified parts along Georgia Avenue and 14th Street. June doesn’t mince her words: “Say what you want about Barry, but he cared for the poor/ And that ain’t who these new fools working for/ I tell ‘em ‘That ain’t who these new fools workin’ for’/ They tryna kick us all out and just build more stores.” It’s a blistering lament for Chocolate City, but June’s method of preaching messages of hope and empowerment in her community works: “And anyway, I’m just speaking from my heart/ Even though the industry is tryna keep us apart/ Even though my enemies be steadily throwing darts/ I’ma make it to the end, man I said it from the start.” Simply put, Tarica June is one of D.C.’s most powerful voices, and “But Anyway” is the anthem new residents of D.C. need to hear and consider next time they’re at brunch in a gentrified part of town. Tarica June performs with Tamika Jones and Kia Bennett at 8 p.m. at Treehouse Lounge, 1006 Florida Ave. NE. $12. treehouselounge.com.