X.O. – Realmatic
Realmatic is the latest collection of material by DC's own Hip Hop upstart and my nominee for the City Paper Best of DC 2009 Local Hip Hop Artist: X.O. For the unfamiliar, the kid from uptown Georgia Ave has been tearing up the scene like pro for a few years now dropping a series of mixtapes and rocking mics across town. Over Realmatic's bouncy go-go influenced hip hop beats, X.O. effortlessly graces tracks with an authentic flow that conveys a real D.C. street experience with the wisdom of a old head. It's raw, it's D.C., it's from the streets, it's poetic and it's contemporary. Guest appearances from Wale, Trill, Gordo Brega and others, with beats by Best Kept Secret, Judah, YU, Baseheads and Nez and Rio. Available for free download on via zshare.
Bonus: There will be a release party and performance on Tuesday at Major in Georgetown. 8 to 10 PM