Author Archive for Joe Warminsky

The Secret History of Those Radio Rahim Stickers

A few years ago it was virtually impossible to walk through one of D.C.'s commercial corridors and not see a Radio Rahim sticker–and quite a few are hanging around. As far as street visuals go, they're striking for their simplicity (white Cooper font text on a black background) as well as their apparent reference to [...]

An Appetizer-Sized Rumination Upon the New Ex Hex Video

Above is the new food-oriented video for "Hot And Cold," a nifty power-pop tune by the D.C. band Ex Hex, featuring a cameo by Ian Svenonius. Below is the food-oriented video for "The One Thing" by INXS, an Australian band led by Michael Hutchence. The question must be asked: Is Svenonius sexier than Hutchence?

One Track Mind: Radio Rahim’s In Full Effect

Standout Track: No. 6, Radio Rahim's vivid “Just a Passage,” in which the stentorian-voiced 27-year-old Centreville rapper and activist contrasts his respect for his family with some deep suspicions about society in general. Boston producer Confidence backs the lyrics with a loop of a bluesy guitar lick and a staunch boom-bap beat.
Musical Motivation: “I wanted it [...]

DMV Beats: Southeast Slim, Awthentik and Ethan Spalding, Shy Glizzy, Nike Nando, and Pacman and Peso

Southeast Slim's Recycling Skills
Although Drake's hit "All Me" has been on the charts for like four months, let's be honest: The song is best when his mouth is closed. That dramatic, slightly spooky Key Wane beat loses its edge when Mr. No. 1 Canadian starts yapping about his unilateral achievements. D.C.'s Southeast Slim, aka Sace, [...]

DMV Beats: An Appreciation for Pat Is Dope

Pat Is Dope vs. Danny Brown
D.C. blogger and all-around hip-hop head Pat Is Dope hasn't gotten much attention from DMV Beats, and that's unfair. He serves up a steady stream of content on and has more than 190,000 followers (!) on Twitter. Surely they're not all stripper/porno bots. Pat's rep stems, in part, from [...]

One Track Mind: 00Genesis, “Live Ur Fantasy”

Standout Track: The de facto B-side, “Live Ur Fantasy,” a densely rhythmic, slightly bonkers dance track with synthesizer motifs that recall 8-bit video-game music. The tee­ter-tottering coda has an even stronger Nin­tendo vibe. (The A-side, a worthy, 93-second remix of the Grammy-nominated Lorde hit, also leans on old-school electronic sounds.)
Musical Motivation: The 23-year-old Sil­ver Spring [...]

The Sleigher: Run the Jewels, “A Christmas Fucking Miracle”

HO HO WHO: Jaime Meline and Michael Render, aka El-P and Killer Mike. Together they are Run the Jewels, whose self-titled album is one of the year's most beloved, at least by people who readily embrace crotchety, late-30-something rappers.
JEWELS FOR ANY SEASON: "A Christmas Fucking Miracle" is the last track on Run the Jewels, and [...]

The Sleigher: Dr. Dog, “Oh My Christmas Tree”

HO HO WHO: A generally loveable, somewhat ramshackle Philly indie-rock band that once made one of the best videos ever to use old people as extras.
FEED THE WORLD, LET THEM HEAR YOU CLICK AT CHRISTMAS TIME: The piano-based "Oh My Christmas Tree" is one of four songs on a special EP written and recorded by [...]

Listen: Maxmillion Dunbar’s Woo Daps

It's been about nine months since Future Times' Maxmillion Dunbar released House of Woo, a convivial combination of the D.C. DJ/producer's experimental inclinations and his rhythmic proclivities. This week he circles back to some of those songs with the free Woo Daps, a remix/mixtape project that plays like a stand-alone release.
Although four-on-the-floor dance beats [...]

DMV Beats: Prinz-D, Lyriciss, Nike Nando, Run the Jewels, Yung Gleesh

Regular DMV Beats readers should already be familiar with Darius "Prinz-D McCall, who calls himself the First Deaf Rapper (I gave him shine here and here, in particular). His profile continues to grow, though: In mid-October there was an in-depth piece on WAMU-FM, and then a few days ago Spin magazine made him the cornerstone [...]