Posts Tagged ‘DMV Beats’

DMV Beats: Doe Cigapom, Fatz Da Big Fella, Kokayi, Jon Laine, Internationally Known, and Phil Adé

Doe, Drew, and XO
Doe Cigapom is tired of bullshit rap. The beginning of his new song, "You Know Who You Are," confirms that: "My influence is y'all niggas that's fake rappin'/Every other bar in ya rhyme, you stay clappin'." It's not an unusual stance for the D.C. expat, whose 2012 EP CagedBirds laid out his [...]

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, [...]

DMV Beats: Wale’s Neverending Butthurt and Steph Castro’s Tribute to Bill Bellamy

New Year, Old Gripes
Wednesday night, Wale continued his tradition of opening the new year with a performance, headlining Fillmore Silver Spring once again. Anyone who figured he was going to leave his little issue with Complex magazine back in 2013 doesn't know Wale.
Declaring himself a victim of the crabs-in-a-barrel mentality that plagues hip-hop, he again [...]

DMV Beats: Logic, Tabi Bonney, Muggsy Malone, and GoldLink

Logic
Aside from his recent track "Two Kings," we haven't heard much from MoCo native Logic since he released the third installment of his Black Sinatra mixtape series last spring. He's currently prepping his major label debut with Def Jam executive No I.D., but the self-produced "Like Me" should hold fans over until the album gets [...]

DMV Beats: Fat Trel, Early Reed and Friends, Head-Roc, PHZ-Sicks, Dunson, and Lyriciss

Fat Trel
Now that Fat Trel is a major label signee, let the new, flashier music commence. Trel's new track, "She Fell In Love," isn't really about love—it's about lusty times in Florida. There's the girl he bedded in Miami. Then there's the girl he met in Orlando after a show. By song's end, he's remembering [...]

DMV Beats: Missy Love, Trev-Ski, Rahiem Supreme, and Nike Nando

Missy Love
D.C. rapper Missy Love reminds me of a 20-something Nicki Minaj under Gucci Mane's tutelage. She seems to make a concerted effort to embody equal parts sex symbol, drug merchant, and D.C. street tough. "Popstar" encapsulates her studio persona; it’s littered with visceral threats and cocaine analogies, with several outrageous declarations of moistness to [...]

DMV Beats: Fat Trel’s Deal, Uptown X.O., Black Cobain, Marlow, Kane, Incwell, Dunson, and Shy Glizzy

Fat Trel and Uptown X.O.
Fat Trel must be celebrating somewhere. On Wednesday, Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group label announced it had signed Trel to a record deal. The Northeast rapper plans to celebrate this Saturday with a signing and single release party at Stadium Club. And earlier this week, local blogger DDot Omen premiered "Str8 [...]

DMV Beats: Prinz-D, Lyriciss, Nike Nando, Run the Jewels, Yung Gleesh

Prinz-D
Regular DMV Beats readers should already be familiar with Darius "Prinz-D McCall, who calls himself the First Deaf Rapper (I gave him shine here and here, in particular). His profile continues to grow, though: In mid-October there was an in-depth piece on WAMU-FM, and then a few days ago Spin magazine made him the cornerstone [...]

DMV Beats: Oddisee, Maimouna Youssef, Black Cobain, Al Bundy, and Asheru

Oddisee
Oddisee doesn't do many videos. He dropped one recently for "After Thoughts," but he doesn't actually appear in it. So the rapper/producer's new video for "Own Appeal" was kind of a surprise. It offers a glimpse into Odd's work routine: "The outside environment really plays a huge part in what I make," he says at [...]

DMV Beats: Young Moe, Dunson, Xaivia, and Rahiem Supreme

Young Moe
This week, Young Moe finally released a racy visual for "Million Dollar Dreams," the better of two obligatory Fat Trel collaborations on his latest mixtape, Humble Hustle 2. The baby-faced Alexandria emcee takes a bit of a back seat on his own street single, relinquishing both the opening verse and hook duty to Trel. [...]

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