Posts Tagged ‘Awthentik’

The Breaks: The First Hip-Hop Happenings of 2015

New music from Fat Trel, videos from Awthentik and Rob Regal, and proof that Shy Glizzy's popularity is spreading

Ethan Spalding Wants More Recognition on New Mixtape, I Am Ethan Spalding

A midtempo guitar solo opens "Cookies," the opening track of Ethan Spalding's new mixtape, I Am Ethan Spalding. It's as if the Takoma Park rapper wants to ease into this ambitious 17-track recording. Then suddenly, Spalding bursts through, the beat just as aggressive as his spirited delivery: "You will never see me on Maury," exclaims Spalding [...]

Could Awthentik’s Popular Misconception Mark a New Direction for Trap Rap?

Awthentik isn't a fan of modern, mainstream rap music. That might explain why his beats are edgier than most and soaked with 1990s grit. Listen to his rhymes, and you'll hear occasional swipes at mainstream groupthink and celebrity worship.
And if that wasn't enough, the cover art for Awthentik's new album, Popular Misconception, depicts a rotting Trinidad James, with [...]

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, [...]

ToDo ToDay: Isaac’s Eye, District of Literature, and Atoms for Peace

Shakespeare mastered the dramatic gore associated with eye-gouging when King Lear was first produced more than 400 years ago. Playwright Lucas Hnath further explores the scientific consequences of eye-gouging in his latest work, Isaac's Eye, which he discusses following a reading at the National Academy of Sciences. Read more >>> The reading begins at 6 p.m. at the National Academy [...]

Listen: Awthentik, Silence Is Golden, Ignorance Is Platinum

Awthentik doesn't believe in true monogamy. "Oh that's your long lost love, that's your girlfriend?" he asks on "Cash 4 Gold," the edgy opener of his new album Silence Is Golden, Ignorance Is Platinum. "I'll be the last nigga she fuckin' when the world end."
Clearly, he's working with a theme. On the second song, "God Pray [...]

DMV Beats: Pacman and Peso, Youngin, Yung Gleesh, Prinz-D, Knox Hill, Wale, and a Must-See Fillmore Show

Escape to North Korea
Where to begin with this one? Earlier this week, DCist ran a story about two local rappers Pacman and Peso—from Congress Heights and Landover, Md., respectively—who want to broaden their horizons by filming a video in North Korea. With the assistance of Forest Hills Tenleytown Music Group label co-founder Ramsey Aburdene and [...]

Watch: Videos from 2013 DC Loves Dilla

For eight years, the annual DC Loves Dilla concert has paid homage to revered hip-hop producer James "J Dilla" Yancey, who died in 2006 of a rare blood disease. The concert usually ropes in locals and former Dilla collaborators alike: For last year's edition at Fillmore Silver Spring, alt-jazz pianist Robert Glasper improvised an impressive [...]

Listen: Violet Rocker’s Champagne, Weed, and Bubble Gum

We last heard from Violet Says 5 frontman Ethan Spalding on last year's Beef and Broccoli, his collaborative album with Silver Spring MC/producer Awthentik. Broccoli crossed Southern crunk with East Coast boom-bap—and showed both in their best lights.
Now Spalding—under the name Violet Rocker—goes at it alone on the second installment of his Champagne, Weed and Bubble [...]

ToDo ToDay: Space Fetish Party! Motown Tributes! A Talking Heads Cover Band!

Fans of Alien know that in space, no one can hear you scream. But is the same true at a space-themed fetish party? Find out at Galactic Bound, a futuristic, fetishistic extravaganza at Phase 1 Dupont. There will be hoods. Handcuffs. The sexy space-themed Cosmos Crew dancers. Industrial and electronic dance music from DJ Vlad McNeally. [...]