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Personality is essential to a lyricist’s success. That ability to connect with an audience—that earnest charm—endeared listeners to Maryland rapper Phil Adé when his debut, Starting on JV, was released five years ago. His likability and effortless flair for flipping syllables had him pegged as the next local artist on the brink of stardom after releasing four projects in 2011, and that same charisma made his triumphant 2013 return from a year-long hiatus seamless. Even the video for his remix of Pharrell’s ubiquitous “Happy” oozes joy, as Adé dances and spits rhymes in double-time on a highway bridge as cars speed past. On Tuesday, Adé and D.C. rapper Lightshow will perform at the A3C Festival Circuit show at U Street Music Hall, a small extension of the annual hip-hop gathering that takes place in Atlanta each fall. Lightshow (who will also perform at the third Trillectro festival next month) displays the lyrical urgency that’s made him one of the area’s most lauded emerging stars while Adé, as usual, should deliver the magnetism that keeps listeners eating up everything he produces. Phil Ade performs with Lightshow and DJ Kidd Marvel at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com.