Posts Tagged ‘Diamond District’

Listen: yU and Oddisee on the Mandala Compilations

Follow yU on Instagram and you'll get a lot of breakbeats, obscure artwork, and family portraits. But occasionally the Suitland, Md., rapper will post brief clips of music, many of which I hope end up on a few projects somewhere. There's this song called "Stargazing." Then there's this track, "Thickening," that I wanna use as my own personal theme [...]

ToDo ToDay: Jen Kirkman!

Last year, heavily followed stand-up comic and Chelsea Lately panelist Jen Kirkman quit Twitter and started a Tumblr called MA’AM, or "Men Aligned Against Misogyny," that invited dudes to sound off about sexism and its discontents. Let's hope Kirkman’s minicampaign against Internet-enabled misogyny won her legions of feminist fans. She’s become one [...]

What’s Diamond District Doing in Roc Nation’s Offices?

Earlier this morning, Diamond District members yU and Uptown X.O. managed to bring even more anticipation to the group's forthcoming March on Washington album.
X.O., the trio's most outspoken member, posted a picture on Instagram of the offices of Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by Jay-Z. "This where that #intheruff #diamonddistrict album got us!!!! In [...]

Label Condition: A Selective Overview of D.C. DIY Labels

D.C. doesn’t make too many waves in mainstream music, but who cares? We’re not lacking for great local music—nor the DIY record labels that support it.
Any rockist outside of town probably associates D.C. with the fabled Dischord label, and hip-hop heads undoubtedly know about Wale’s The Board Administration imprint and Raheem DeVaughn’s 368 Music Group. [...]

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 [...]

Download: X.O.’s The Color Grey

X.O. is tired of the same ol' same ol' in hip-hop: Rappers either pop bottles, party, or brag about their supposed riches. "We've already done all that," the Diamond District MC tells Arts Desk. "Let's talk about the things going on in the community. There's so much going on here and we need a voice [...]

Watch: X.O.’s New “Errybody” Video

The last we heard from D.C. rapper X.O., it was on his Monumental II mixtape, an inspired effort for the confident Diamond District MC and former Studio43 label standout.
Released today, the video for "Errybody" is the first single from his upcoming mixtape, The Color Gray, scheduled for an Oct. 1 release. Then in January, X.O. will [...]

Oddisee Plans Remixes of Bon Iver, Marvin Gaye, Metronomy

Oddisee's music is tough to categorize. For his trio Diamond District, he takes a traditional boom-bap route, sprinkling obscure soul loops over grainy bass drums. His solo work feels like something else; it's rooted in hip-hop, but its use of live instruments and sonic adventurousness means it's unusually genre-stretching and textural.
On June 5, the DMV/Brooklyn hybrid [...]

Mello Music Group’s SXSW Comp Is Good News for DMV Rap Fans

As the music industry makes it way to Austin, Texas, for the annual SXSW Festival, the folks at Mello Music Group have dropped off the Mello Muve Compilation, an 18-track collection of new and previously released songs, all of which are supposed to prep listeners for the record label's upcoming album releases.
Of particular note to D.C. [...]

Marcus J. Moore’s Five Favorite DMV Albums of 2011

A lot of releases caught my ear this year, including projects from Kokayi, lowercase letters, DTMD, Jon Laine, and others. At the same time, the always-endless stream of mixtapes made it damn near impossible to catch everything.
For the second year in a row, I voted in WKYS's list of the hottest local rappers. (So far, Nos. 3-10 have [...]