This Week’s DMV Hip-Hop Happenings
Here's a highlight reel of some of the happenings across the DMV hip-hop scene for the week, beginning with Cinco de Mayo and ending with Puff Daddy speaking at Howard University's Commencement tomorrow.
Shy Glizzy’s "Awwsome" Video
Shy Glizzy lived out his kingpin dreams in the video for "Awwsome," from February’s Young Jefe mixtape. The J.R. Saint-directed video is basically him dancing and lounging with a plethora of beautiful women at an equally beautiful home (which appears to be on Awwsome Road). Curious about where the money came from? "I got a lot of weight but I do not go to the gym." There’s your answer. The video ends with Glizzy doing what we all wish we could do to unwanted phone calls, but that’s how it is when you lead an awwsome life.
Take Nike Nando’s Advice: Shake the Dead Weight
Nike Nando added a verse to K Camp’s "Cut Her Off." No one is safe from his wrath, but corny, overconfident posers and their unfaithful girlfriends feel the brunt of it: "Homeboy got you locked, keep you close with whips and chains/I just hit it once, she ain’t never been the same/We was in the whip, then she started givin’ brain/Tellin’ all your business, how she really think you lame." First off, ouch. Second, no love for pillow talking. In the words of Drake, it’s more attractive when you hold it down.
Logic’s Ode to Common
Logic’s latest, "Finding Forever," borrows the name of Common’s Grammy-nominated album and features a reworking of Common’s Kanye West-produced "Be." On the 6ix-produced track, Logic actually addresses this, acknowledging that Common gave his album the thumbs-up: "Shout out to the homie Common, I know I’m redoing your shit/But you was fuckin’ with the album so I’m sure it ain’t a problem." As he’s said many times over the past month, his debut album is on its way, it just has to be as close to perfect as possible. With Common’s homie No I.D. serving as executive producer, nothing will be rushed out unless it’s up to par.
Yung Gleesh Is Touring, Still Sipping Lean
Finally, the return of Yung Gleesh, everyone’s favorite comedian. He released a video for "Deuce Mane," which features Gleesh and his beloved double cup eschewing his usual lazy flow in favor of energized, double-time lyricism. The Will Hoopes-directed video also features ample of Gleesh doing what he loves: mixing lean. Someone should ask him how he feels about Actavis ceasing production of purple drank. The video’s release also coincided with Gleesh embarking on a tour, which kicked off in Chicago last night. His next performance will be in Philly next Thursday, and though details (like the date) are scarce at the time, we do know he’ll be performing in D.C.
Aside from reviving last year's "Draft Pick" in honor of the weekend-long NFL Draft, Wale revealed his intentions to open a restaurant in the area:
Bout to open a Nigerian /Caribbean restaurant in DMV area . Preferably near HU. I know Imma need y'all help soon . Stay tuned
— Wale Folarin (@Wale) May 9, 2014
Let's see if this comes to fruition.
Puff Daddy Is Reliving His Howard Days
On the day before he becomes Dr. Sean Combs, Puff Daddy hit Howard University's campus like it was 1989, reminiscing about his pre-mogul undergraduate days and sharing everything on Instagram. Tomorrow, he'll grace this stage as the speaker at Howard's commencement. He's having more fun than the undergrads.