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In the early days of hiphop, you couldn’t call yourself a rapper if you didn’t possess some improvisational skills. But like many a refined discipline, freestyling is becoming a lost art, a casualty of the music industry. Fortunately, in D.C. we have the Freestyle Union, a loose collective of dedicated rappers fronted by Wammie awardee Toni Blackman. They celebrate two years of “keeping it real” and coming “straight off the dome” tonight from 7-9:30 p.m. at Kaffa House, 1212 U St. NW. FREE. (202) 466-1638. CP