There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
The nature of a hiphop track is repetition. Producers find a catchy, simplistic section of a record, sample it, and loop it. The problem is that these samples are often taken from introductions or breakdowns. While hiphoppers claim to be reintroducing classic music to a younger generation, they generally omit the more intense parts of the records they bite. Digable Planets nabbed a few bars from the front of Bobbi Humphrey’s “Blacks and Blues” before the “First Lady of the Flute” gets to play a single note. Brand Nubian rides the keyboards of Humphrey’s “San Francisco Lights” for its own hiphop classic, “Love Me or Leave Me Alone,” but her virtuoso flute playing is nowhere to be found. Humphrey gets a chance to playwithout the “help” of a sampler and turntableswith the Billy Taylor Trio at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab. $15. (202) 467-4600. (Neil Drumming)