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Even the most hard-core political rappers can have their passion extinguished in the pursuit of exposure. Some MCs tone down their heavy commentary in the hopes of building a bigger fan base, yet never quite make it back to their fiery beginnings—but Baltimore rapper Son of Nun (S.O.N.) seems unlikely to bite his tongue for the sake of stardom. The Socialist MC (and Charm City high-school teacher) writes tracks such as “Free Palestine”—an attempt to “dispel the myth that opposing the repressive measures of the Israeli government equals anti-Semitism.” Other works from his 2005 album, Blood and Fire, include “Trent Lott,” a tirade about the Mississippi senator, and “Who’s the Real Terrorist?” His material might not make for a fun music video or transfer into product endorsements, but it is deserving of a wide audience. S.O.N. performs with Partyline and the Hall Monitors at 7:15 p.m. at Fort Reno Park, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. Free. (703) 318-2197. (Sarah Godfrey)