Brooklyn-based MC Nitty Scott performed in D.C. for the first time at Songbyrd for Girl Talk, a concert that featured a line-up made up of entirely black women-identifying performers.

Ace Matthews, the curator of Girl Talk, told me that the idea originally started from a series of playlists she put together on Soundcloud to with the “intention to celebrate women that have created their own way culturally [and] musically in entertainment.” For the show, Matthews chose artists that had been featured, and represented Richmond, the DMV, Baltimore and Philly.

Because I was running late from work to the show, I had missed the opening set by Fluent, but got there just in time to see Ducky Dynamo, play a set to get the crowd ready for XENNYDREAMR (formerly Che Amour), who won the crowd over with her songs about love, lust, and commitment (or the hesitation for it). Virginia’s Taya Jae performed a barrage of of recent work, joined by an entourage of friends on stage, and never lost a step and demonstrated a high level of breath control and stage presence.

KidTheGreat came out to a loud applause from the audience who were familiar with the Philly artist’s latest work GreatFruita colorful collection of songs about resilience and triumph. After a quick huddle with Ducky about her set, Nitty Scott stormed the stage, performing recent songs like “La Diaspora” from her acclaimed Creature album as well as fan favorites such as the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Flower Child.” In between songs, Nitty Scott revealed much of her personal life and struggles that influenced her music, such as experiences with the fickle music industry, and coming into her own as a proud, queer, Afro-Latina. CHLO(THEGOD), closed the night with insight and sultry R&B that the whole room could relate to.

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