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Rapper Derrick Scott, aka Black Mongoose, is a real do-it-yourself kind of guy. At age 22, the slow-talking, fast-rhyming MC is promoting his first album, Get Ready for the Future. He also plays guitar and describes his sound as an amalgam of rap, rock, reggae, trip-hop, and the blues. Like most underground dwellers these days, Scott is thinking long-term: his album will be released by his own independent label, Armored Records Inc., and he plans to produce other artists. His press sheet says he “saved his money from part-time jobs” for this venture. If you ask him, Scott will tell you to listen to “Drugs Pt. 2,” a song detailing a fanciful drug-selling spree in which he “got the ganja trade locked down for kids at Howard” to buy his first sampler. The story ends with a bloody shoot-out, car chase, and foot race through Rock Creek Park from which Scott barely escapes with his life. The album sounds pretty good, but catch Black Mongoose live—before someone else does. At 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Kaffa House, 1212 U St. NW. $7. (202) 462-1212. (Neil Drumming)