As he made his way as a hip-hop artist in the early '90s, John Forte (listen) kept good company, including Talib Kweli and Lauryn Hill, whose friendship led to Forte contributing material to the Fugees' 1995 classic "The Score" and landing a solo deal. His promising trajectory crashed when he caught a 14-year bid for drug trafficking and then improbably was pardoned seven years in by President George W. Bush. Forte's current material is tinged with redemption and maturity, with Brooklyn block raps sharing space with guitar ballads and adult contemporary songwriting. Forte will be sharing these songs in an all-acoustic show for this D.C. stop at Bohemian Caverns.-- Rhome Anderson (Sept. 2009)
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