DMV Beats: Oddisee, PHZ-Sicks, and the Best DMV Hip-Hop Show (in Atlanta)
Oddisee's Not Fucking Around
I don't know what pissed Oddisee off, but he's spittin' mad on Tangible Dream, a new mixtape he dropped this week. His 2012 album, People Hear What They See, was a lighter affair that examined artistic integrity ("That Real"), frayed relationships ("You Know Who You Are"), and shady politics ("American Greed"). On his new tape—released the same day as his exquisite The Beauty in All—Oddisee sounds both frustrated and cocky, particularly on "Yeezus Was A Mortal Man," when he drops this whopper: "Most of these niggas half man, but they full bitch." Then there's the "Bonus Flow" track with the Diamond District: "I know you mad that a nigga from the county be reppin' the entire city, I do it better without a question." As an up-and-comer, Oddisee wouldn't have pulled out such long knives. That's clearly changed. —Marcus J. Moore
Lost and Found
PHZ-Sicks has dropped a steady stream of music since announcing the release of his forthcoming album, The Moment, out in November. His new song, "Lost & Found" featuring singer Alison Carney, won't be on his forthcoming album, but he uses it as an opportunity to explore the complications of love. "Good love is hard to find, when they say love is blind," goes the hook. From there, the Woodbridge, Va., rapper conducts an imagined conversation with a female friend, warning her against letting previous letdowns cloud future relationships. "All the women out there, the good men are right here/Give us a chance, don't push us away, dear." Ladies, PHZ-Sicks cares. —MJM
The DMV Takes On A3C
This week, the best DMV hip-hop show isn't in the DMV: It's at the A3C Hip-Hop Festival in Atlanta. Today, Atlanta venue Quad hosts a beefy lineup of D.C.-area acts, including Fat Trel, Phil Adé, Shy Glizzy, and Lightshow, as well as Young Moe, Kelow, Uno Hype, GoldLink, Nickelus F, Prophecy The Kyd, and Castro.
Henny Yegezu, the DMV ambassador for A3C, says he aimed to book acts with strong homegrown followings. "I wanted to highlight artists that were organically making a name for themselves and will show the nation that the DMV is really up next," he says. "If you check a lot of those artists and their social numbers and actual fan interaction, some of them are really starting to make some noise." A few of these artists were logical choices, though, considering their growing national popularity. "Some of these acts like Fat Trel, Phil Adé, Shy Glizzy, and Lightshow actually have a little bit of a presence in Atlanta, in the sense that the hip-hop scene down there has heard of them," Yegezu says.
Trillectro will have two stages at Union East Atlanta Village. The first is tonight and the followup comes tomorrow; both are $10, or free for anyone bearing a festival badge. But if you're nowhere near Atlanta, I recommend giving the official A3C DMV mixtape a spin this weekend anyway. —Julian Kimble