That's the goal — or at least one of them. After growing up in Prince George's County, magnetized by hip-hop and go-go, Kelow says she'd like her music to reflect not only who she is, but who she's becoming. "I grew up very wild, but always had conscious people around me," she says. "So I want to keep going with my generation, but I also want to show that I'm growing as a being. We're all going to get older. . . . And the older crowd, they've already lived the foolish life. They've already lived everything we done seen."
You can hear similar flickers of youthful wisdom throughout "Amethyst Stoner," the terse and tenacious mixtape she dropped last year. And while fans can probably expect a follow-up before too long, Kelow says she's more focused on her long-term mission. "Eventually, I want to make songs for my grandfather," she says. "Or for anyone's grandfather. I want them to say, 'I like that little girl. She's crazy!' "
Part of the Arcade 2.0 with Al Hostile, Kasey Jones, Ciscero, Tre Pica$$o, Sleepy, Msanii, $ean Thom, Maryle, Osh Ohe and Yang.N.Yin on Saturday at Dance Loft, 4618 14th Street NW. Show starts at 7 p.m. thearcade2.splashthat.com. $10-$15.
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