Saturday: Jay Wyse "Nine Twenty Five" Unplugged

June 18

For the second time in less than a month, you have the chance to be part of a fairly unique musical experience at Arena Players, "the oldest continuously operating African-American community theater in the United States." Not long after Arena Players' excellent, ambitious "Luther" closes, one of the city's best rappers, Jay Wyse, performs his new album "Nine Twenty Five," unplugged. My favorite track from "Nine Twenty Five" is 'Rap Game, Trap Game,' featuring FMG Dez (who will also perform at this show) and adjusts the common trope of comparing rapping and dealing. "Here it's a more sophisticated beyond-good-and-evil celebration of skills ('Some niggas sick with the wrist/ Some of us just got a gift') and DIY-ness ('Get the most money without a middle man')," I wrote in an On The Download album review earlier in the year. Along with performances from FMG Dez, Kondwani Fidel, Lonnie Moore, Dee Dave, Luca, and Maryland Rivers, there will be a series of vendors selling at the event, including Plugged, Give Em Shade, Adore U Boutique, Blaque Shxxp, Affordably Expensive, and P&C. 6 p.m., Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St., (410) 728-6500,, $20. (Brandon Soderberg)

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