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Flex Mathews may not be in Kansas anymore, but he’s certainly enjoying his trip down the golden road. Since relocating to Washington from the Midwest years ago, the aspiring MC has found love in the pages of URB Magazine and onstage at the 9:30 Club opening for Lupe Fiasco. On his debut EP, The Handsome Grandson, Mathews spits over DJ/producer Damu the Fudge Munk’s loping boom-bap beats with a poised nonchalance, evoking vintage Jeru the Damaja or local hip-hop hero Head-Roc. Though Mathews offers plenty of love to the ladies (“Catwoman”) and plenty of spite to the dick riders (uh, “Dick Riders”), his most interesting tune is the bittersweet nostalgia token, “Up in My Room.” Bemoaning the fate of careerist MCs, Mathews retreats to the teenage bedroom that birthed his rap dreams, noting that “reminiscing just might be the key to your soul.” No place like home, indeed. Flex Mathews performs with Son of Nun at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $6. (202) 667-7960.