Author Archive for Ramón Ramirez

DMV Beats: Wale and Seinfeld, Together At Last

This Week in Folarin' Around Jerry Seinfeld
Wale has made no secret of his love for Jerry Seinfeld. His 2008 Mixtape About Nothing quoted extensively from Seinfeld's sitcom; in 2010, he followed that up with his More About Nothing tape. Now, a full election cycle later, his admiration of the observational comic has come full circle. In [...]

DMV Beats: Adventures in the Dollar Bin, Prinz-D, A Plus, Jay Verze

Fresh Produce

It's been about six months since Anthony "Gadget" Mims released his first "Adventures in the Dollar Bin" video featuring Grussle in Som Records, and the followup—with the DMV's J Scienide in Joe's Record Paradise—is just as much fun. The premise: a producer buys an unfamiliar record from a dollar bin and makes a beat [...]

DMV Beats: Bustin’ Down the Door in 2013

Winter Fresh Releases
Let's be honest, 2012 was a down year for D.C. hip-hop. There were many decent local rap releases to choose from, but not many stellar ones. Oddisee's People Hear What They See was certainly the best of the bunch, but he lives in New York now, so can we still call him "local?"
On [...]

DMV Beats: X.O., Fleetwood DeVille, Thoughts on Pitchfork’s Top 50

X.O. KO
It's gonna be weird when X.O. hits a video drought, because right now it seems like he's got a new clip every few weeks, and they're all worth watching (and they're all generally D.C. as hell). Up now is "Rugged," which is definitely on the Style Wars tip, with all its trains and spraycans [...]

The Sleigher: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, “Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)”

HO HO WHO: You may know Trans-Siberian Orchestra as that enduring, proggy, anti-rock assembly that boasts an unforgivable ratio of three full-length albums about Christmas to two that aren’t about Christmas. (One is about Beethoven, and the other one is about castles.) Even Santa Claus is all, "Bro, y’all gotta chill with the Christmas records." And even unabashed shill [...]

DMV Beats: Shy Glizzy, Kelow, Substantial’s Google Calendar

Glizzy Growth
Shy Glizzy’s new mixtape, Fxck Rap, is an evolved and shockingly mature mea culpa. Whereas the last joint positioned Glizz as D.C.'s noisy contrarian and a hot-headed rap-beef instigator, it sounds like he wants to take that back. “No more guns in my videos—it’s fucking up my zeroes ... I’m the neighborhood hero.” Arts [...]

DMV Beats: Christmas Ish, Shades of Trel, and a Hat Tip to Curtis Mayfield

Christmas Rappin'
If you grew up on hip-hop, you know it's the holiday season when Run-DMC's "Christmas in Hollis" plays on the radio. Not only does it evoke Yuletide cheer, but it's arguably the most popular depiction of Christmas in a rap song. Now, the DMV's Low Budget crew adds its own voice to holiday hip-hop with [...]

DMV Beats: RAtheMC, A Plus, G Two—and DMV Apps!

RA Factor
It was surprising to see rapper RAtheMC as a contestant on the second season of Fox's X-Factor. Not that the Largo, Md., rapper didn't deserve it—it's just that her appearance seemed to come out of nowhere. And while she was eliminated in October, she doesn't seem too bummed about it. On her new single, [...]

DMV Beats: Topdolla Sweizy, Obii Say, S.O.S., Damien, Redhead

Ciroc Bottom
Initially, Topdolla Sweizy is an off-putting presence on the mic. He belts trivialities about finance and Donald Trump, and pushes every high-roller cliché as far as it can go. But on “Too Much," from his new Bottles and Bitches mixtape, he screams about Molly, Ciroc, and Patron, loses the façade, and delivers the tape's [...]

DMV Beats: The Print Edition

For the uninitiated, the D.C. area hip-hop social media landscape is damn near impossible to navigate. If you don’t know where to start, it’s easy to get lost in an onslaught of inscrutable, hyperactive tweets, mixtape drops, and video debuts that clog up RSS readers and Twitter clients like errant hairs in an already overstuffed [...]

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