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Rap is a global music style now, but it’s still novel enough that any ol’ rapper from a country not normally associated with hiphop can get props no matter their level of expertise. Take Yemeni-American rapper Hagage Aj Masaed. Skilled but not terribly innovative, this Oakland resident declaims serious and not-so-serious verse in English and Arabic in a retro-’80s-style flow over generically funky beats and belly-dancing samples. In “Through Your President’s Eyes,” he postulates: “I guess they’ll blame Arafat for McVeigh/I bet they would if they could.” In “Yemen,” he enthuses, “The freaky ones in Juben, Msaika they so fine/Gimme a Yemenia u can have the other kind.” Masaed performs at 7 p.m. at the Freer Gallery of Art’s Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free (tickets required). (202) 397-7328.