Posts Tagged ‘Black Indian’

DMV Beats: Black Indian’s Indian Summer, Shy Glizzy’s Law 2, Yung Gleesh, Lightshow, and Nike Nando

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If Black Indian's 2011 comeback I Tried To Tell You was all about re-establishing the D.C. rapper's relevance, then his new mixtape, Indian Summer, is the sound of a veteran MC progressing on his own terms. Two local producers—Don "Dunn It" Cox and Choppy Chop Beatz (Damyon Richardson, aka Choppy Chop-e Sound)—dominate the credits, [...]

The Major League: A Selective History of D.C. Rappers on Major Labels

Has Fat Trel gone to a major label? Don’t believe the tweets just yet—there’s no final word on whether the D.C. trap rapper has officially joined Rick Ross’ Atlantic Records subsidiary Maybach Music Group alongside Wale. But if Trel does make the jump, he would join a fairly exclusive circle. D.C. rappers don’t land on [...]

New Podcast Dissects Local Hip-Hop

Once upon a time, rapping in D.C. wasn't so cool. In the 1990s, long before artists like Wale and Tabi Bonney put D.C. hip-hop on a national stage, local MCs couldn't spit a rhyme without being deemed a New York wanna-be.
Instead, aspiring rappers not named Asheru, Head-Roc, or Black Indian spit their rhymes alongside prominent go-go bands [...]

Black Indian’s Mixtape Does Exactly What It’s Supposed to Do

D.C. legend Black Indian told us this summer that his Judah-produced comeback I Tried to Tell You would sound grown-up but not totally old-ass, and he was right. The 14-track mixtape is a cohesive, professional statement from a dude who decided emphatically not to let his legacy wither. He generally sticks to three themes: 1) [...]

The Return of Black Indian

He was one of the few 1990s D.C. rappers to get national exposure and a major-label deal, but Black Indian has been relatively quiet in recent years. That trend will reverse itself in September, when he releases I Tried To Tell You, a new mixtape produced by Judah, best known for working with Wale and [...]