DC People: Lupe Fiasco, Flex Matthews, Asheru
by Winston "Stone" Ford
This is downright crazy. Lupe Fisaco is finally doing a proper show in DC at the 9:30 club, and he has local MC’s Flex Matthews and Asheru taking the stage as openers. Since a lot of our readers aren’t from DC, I take it of you haven’t heard of Flex, but Asheru recorded that little known theme song for The Boondocks on Cartoon Network. (“I am the stone that the builder refused…” and all that jazz.)
Something like this makes me dig Lupe even more. The dude is supporting local hip-hop acts. Would Jay-Z do this? Or Jeezy? I doubt it. The reason I’m making such a fuss about this is that this is one of the suggestions that I was going to propose at the local music summit that I’m planning for May: Have local artists open for national touring acts.
Its an easy idea, but its not often practiced in DC, which is sad, because although we’re overshadowed by Baltimore, Philly, and of course, NYC, this city has a long and storied roster of hip-hop. And lets not get started about go-go…
For the record, I’m gonna be at 9:30. Although I hate going to hip-hop shows there, I have to support Lupe and the “scene.” Let me know if you’re rollin’ through.
Lupe Fiasco with Asheru and Flex Matthews
815 V St. NW
Metro: Green Line – U Street/Cardozo
Tickets.com | Tel:800-955-5566
On an unrelated note, the owners of the 9:30 club are worried that the club might close because the city just signed a letter of intent for the (Clear Channel owned) House of Blues to open downtown. That would just be messed up.