Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week
As consistently disappointed cheerleaders of local music, we hold these truths to be self-evident: that D.C. based hip-hop artists and go-go music will never become national phenomena. And just when we're convinced of that declaration, one new voice on the scene is forcing us to reconsider.
A rapper by the name of Wale has figured out how to fuse a mainstream-friendly hip-hop sound with go-go in a way that could detonate a hip-hop trend branded with the three stars and two bars of Washington's flag. (All the proof you need is in a song called "Dig Dug" over on his MySpace page.) He'll be filming part of the video for his song "Breakdown" during his performance at Platinum Friday, which we find significantly more exciting than Young Dro, the headliner of the evening. While Dro's "Shoulder Lean" represents the essence of the South's stranglehold on the popular sound of rap music, Wale represents what just might usurp it. This show is one of our rare 18-and-over picks; just make sure to hit http://platinumclubdc.com for the guest-list discount.
This is just one of the events you'll find in this week's Nightlife Agenda column, which covers concerts, dancing until 4 a.m., a DJ-led picnic and plenty of other picks for your long weekend.
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