This up-and-coming rapper from D.C. created far more attention than he bargained for last May. He blames his handlers for canceling a headlining appearance at DC Black Pride, after they realized it was a gay event. He ended up performing a short spurt at the event, making a public apology: "Hip hop music knows no race, no color, no age, no gender, no sexual orientation -- none of that," he told the crowd. Born to Nigerian immigrants in D.C., Wale represents his hometown by putting a go-go-inspired twist on hip hop. Tuesday, Dec. 21. Doors at 7 p.m. Nightclub 9:30, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $35. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com.