Music Park: R. Kelly @ MGM National Harbor — 5/21/17

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R. Kelly performs at MGM National Harbor on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Say what you like about R. Kelly, but the man is a hell of an entertainer.

The full-blown cultural icon was at his best (or worst, depending on your point of view) in a boisterous show at MGM National Harbor on Sunday, strutting his stuff, taking every opportunity to mingle with his female fans, and at the end of the day earnestly demonstrating that he’s got the goods, particularly with his naturally gifted voice.

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Snapshots: T.I. Presents: The Hustle Gang Tour @ Howard Theatre — 5/4/17

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T.I. Presents: The Hustle Gang Tour hit the Howard Theatre on May 4, 2017. (Photo by Chris Castillo)

Rapper T.I. runs the Grand Hustle Records label, which has published a lot of hot new artists in hop hop. T.I. is on the road with a bunch of those artists, and they threw a helluva party at the Howard Theatre on Thursday, May 4.

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Don’t Miss: T.I. Presents: The Hustle Gang Tour @ Howard Theatre, 5/4/17

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T.I. (Photo courtesy Howard Theatre)

Atlanta rapper Clifford Joseph Harris, better known as T.I. has become quite a hip hop impresario with his Grand Hustle Records label. In addition to publishing T.I.’s own records, including December’s extended EP, Us or Else: Letter to the System, Grand Hustle Records has cultivated a crop of new talent in recent years.

T.I. is on the road with some of those artists with the Hustle Gang — including Yung Booke, London Jae, Shauntrell Pender, RaRa, Translee, and Young Dro — and they stop at the Howard Theatre on Thursday, May 4.

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Don’t Miss: DMX @ Howard Theatre, 5/18/17

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DMX (Photo courtesy The Howard Theatre)

Editor’s Update: DMX canceled this show due to health issues.

Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, debuted with his 5X Platinum album …And Then There Was X in 1999. The rapper last released a full album in 2012 with Undisputed, but he has been making new music recently. In January, DMX released a new song “Bain Iz Back,” and he is coming to the Howard Theatre for a show on Thursday, May 18.

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Don’t Miss: Gorillaz @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 7/17/17

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Gorillaz (Portrait by Jamie Hewlett)

Gorillaz, the world’s must successful virtual band, will release Humanz, this Friday, April 28, via Parlophone and Warner Bros. Records. And your favorite animated band — Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, Russel Hobbs, and 2D – will hit the road for their first US tour in seven years, including a stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 17. Tour venues in Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia already have sold out, but tickets remain for Merriweather!

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