Posts Tagged ‘Cornel West Theory’

The Breaks: This Week in Local Hip-Hop

Diamond District's got a new remix LP, and Yung Gleesh might have released his most bizarre and hilarious video to date.

Listen: The Cornel West Theory’s The Radio FREE DC Tapes

The Cornel West Theory doesn't care about your delicate little feelings. The group doesn't pop molly, pop bottles, or make candy-ass pop music. It doesn't even fully register as rap. Instead, it's something else: rooted in hip-hop and cloaked in dark, edgy riffs and politically charged content. Its stage show is abrasive and in-your-face. Humility be damned.
On Saturday, [...]

DMV Beats: Wale’s “Bad” Remix, AB the Pro, Lyriciss, and More

Good Week, “Bad” Remix
Wale began the week with a bang. On Monday, the rapper dropped the highly anticipated remix to his hit single “Bad,” which features (almost) everyone’s favorite pop princess, Rihanna. Though the tempo hasn't changed, the remix is drenched in even more sin. Wale continues to share jewels on dealing with beautiful yet emotionally [...]

ToDo ToDay: Maus in the House

Seeing legendary comic artist Art Spiegelman is a treat on its own. But tonight at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, comic fans, history buffs, and lit geeks alike will be treated to a double whammy, when Spiegelman discusses the ins and outs of his best-loved work, Maus. In his 2011 book MetaMaus, Spiegelman unpacks the back story [...]

Ramon Ramirez’s Five Best Local Albums of 2011

Oddisee made the best DMV album of 2011. But I’m tired of reading about him in Arts Desk posts.
On the national side of sounds, the year was mostly about slowing down and turning up the bass (see: James Blake, Drizzy Drake, The Weeknd, Bon Iver, Girls, Frank Ocean). However, some Haterade for all the buzzy [...]

D.C. Nein? DC9’s Nearly Smooth Return to Business as Usual

By its own count, DC9 hasn’t had any trouble attracting musicians since Ali Ahmed Mohammed died feet from the 9th Street NW venue one year ago. “Hundreds, if not thousands, of bands have played since that time,” says Steve Lambert, who books acts at DC9 and other venues in the District. “DC9’s been booking full storm [...]

Fort Reno’s Oral History: (Dis)integration

For this week's issue, I reported a lengthy oral history of the annual concert series at Fort Reno in Tenleytown. But we couldn't fit in everything! Keep checking Arts Desk for more.
Though not always monochromatic, the crowds at Fort Reno skew white. The bands—with a few exceptions—have usually been white, too. In a city that [...]

Arts Roundup: If You Give a Gamer an Art Exhibit Edition

Crowd-Sucked: The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced the 80 titles it will feature in an exhibition on video games—as voted by gamers. Putting on a serious exhibition says a lot about how important and, well, artistic video games are; having gamers, who are not curators, vote for its content utterly belies that impulse. Basically, this [...]

Sockets Records’ Fall Mix 2010: Collage Pop for All

Local label Sockets Records has been a D.C. fixture for more than half a decade now, but 2010 has been a banner year: A handful of strong releases, a live showcase last January, a pretty awesome zine. And yesterday, its latest seasonal mix.
It draws from the label's regular roster as well as other locals, from [...]

This Week in CP Arts: 100 Washington Artists, Cornel West Theory, Dinner for Schmucks

Damn. We were getting used to having the cover story. I've no immediate ideas for an arts angle on Vincent Gray, so let's get into it.
Kriston Capps leads the Arts section with his look at the forthcoming book 100 Washington Artists and its author, Lenny Campello—who, it happens, is also an art dealer who's represented [...]