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Fat Trel

Nov. 11
9 p.m.
$20-$40
Hip-Hop

Following a handful of mixtapes and street-level hits (“Respect with the Teck,” Chief Keef collaboration “Russian Roulette”), rapper Fat Trel joined Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group in 2013. Ever since, the 26-year-old Washington, D.C. native has helped to maintain MMG’s street-centric core, even more so than guys like Gunplay and Meek Mill, the latter of whom went pop with a couple Nicki Minaj collabs. Though he still hasn’t released a studio album or had a charting single, Trel has never seemed to make mainstream appeal his goal. Instead, he has a raw and uncompromising style that’s kept him more than relevant on the mixtape circuit, racking up five- and six-figure download counts on sites like DatPiff. His latest tape is June’s SDMG 2, his MMG debut. With guest appearances from Trel’s fellow D.C. rappers Wale and Shy Glizzy, plus production by Zaytoven and Dree the Drummer, it’s consistently direct and unapologetically street (after all, the title stands for “Sex, Drugs, Money, and Guns”). More than a dozen opening acts are promised, so we’ll see how that works.