There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
History suggests that few people outside of D.C. will even notice W. Ellington Felton calling out Kanye West on his tune “Dear Kanye on Ray.” It’s more likely that some enterprising copyright lawyer will notice that the local R&B artist (and accomplished stage actor) interpolates Ray Charles samples and entire Prince songs into his compositions. “Dub Ell” can stage-whisper over silky arrangements with the best of them, but D.C. lover-man singers have a decidedly mixed record on the national stage—for every Ginuwine, there’s, well, a con man who passes himself off as Ginuwine for nearly two years before anyone notices. Still, Felton spins spacey, jazz-tinged music that must make his dad, black-tie pianist Hilton Felton, proud, and his West disses are pretty sharp: “You call yourself a so-called Jesus Walker,” he rap/sings. “Walkin’ ’round church with your little man purse.” Sounds like the world’s most famous college dropout just earned a Ph.D. in getting told. Felton performs with Kev Brown and R.P.M./Panacea at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (Andrew Beaujon)