Posts Tagged ‘Big K.R.I.T.’

ToDo ToDay: “The Power of Culture,” Filipino Food, and Sky Ferreira

The Phillips Collection is now developing its forthcoming programming and exhibitions around “a global conversation through the language of art,” from art’s ability to create social change to the politics of exhibitions. “The Culture of Power/The Power of Culture,” a daylong forum featuring conversations with art professionals, policymakers, and experts in international relations, jumpstarts the [...]

Watch: Videos From the Broccoli City Festival

The Broccoli City Festival wasn't just about broccoli. Sure, the atmosphere was noticeably hippyish and the raw veggies were a nice touch, but it was also a local showcase of sorts. There were plenty of performances—at earsplitting volume—from the likes of Phil Adé, Kingpen Slim , and Black Alley, along with national acts like Detroit grunge rocker JMSN [...]

Broccoli City Wants You to Eat Organic Food and Listen to Local Hip-Hop

D.C. residents with disposable income have no problem eating well. The city's poor and working class residents, on the other hand, fall behind the curve when it comes to "green," healthy living. Los Angeles-based "organic lifestyle" group Broccoli City wants to change that with what it's calling the "first urban Earth Day celebration."
Sunday, the "green"-focused [...]

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 [...]

Fat Trel’s Nightmare on E Street, Review-Reviewed

We put Fat Trel on our cover, reacted to his much-anticipated new mixtape, and now, in this week's Washington City Paper, Joe Colly gives the Fat Fool's Nightmare on E Street the full-on review treatment. The issue won't be on the streets 'til Thursday, but you can read what Colly has to say now:
The pressure of [...]

Fat Trel’s Nightmare on E St.: The Arts Desk Breakdown

Fat Trel's Nightmare on E St., the most-anticipated local hip-hop mixtape in some time, finally arrived today, following several months of delays and enough hype to suggest the 21-year-old could be D.C.'s next big rap export. Nightmare on E St. was recorded around the United States and features appearances and beats from Lex Luger, Big K.R.I.T., [...]

Don’t Be Bored: On Weed Rappers

One way to get people to listen to your lyrics: Rap about weed, to the point where people call you a “weed rapper.” Then, if somebody asks if you mind being a called a weed rapper, note that your songs cover many topics, not just weed. The mild controversy will make you seem rounded, and [...]

Don’t Be Bored: You Made Me Boring

Late but essential! Good stuff going on tonight.
In 2011, you can find a lot of terrible music at the intersection of indie rock, detached hip-hop patois, and gleeful art-noise. EMA, aka Erika M. Anderson of the defunct noise-folk band Gowns, inhabits a similar headspace, but few recent albums sound as vital as her Past Life Martyred [...]

What Freeway Loves About the DMV

Freeway remembers a time when Philadelphia wasn't a go-to place for hip-hop. Sure, it had acts like The Roots and Beanie Siegel representing the city, but it still didn't get the national attention many felt it deserved. "After years of trying to get on, we felt it was impossible to get a deal in Philly," Freeway [...]

Why a “Best of 2010 So Far” List Is Far More Sexy than a “Best of 2010″ List

Best-of-the-year lists are built around the fallacy that the "year" still matters. YEARS ARE FOR OLD FARTS WHO LACK THE TECHNOLOGY TO TRACK THINGS MINUTE-BY-MINUTE ON TWITTER. I'll tell you this right now: I do not wish to see your Best Albums of 2010 list, because I know you will have spent lots of time [...]