Posts Tagged ‘DMV’

Twista and Freeway to Join D.C. Rappers at Indie Life’s SXSW Showcase

D.C. rapper SmCity used to curate the Indie Life concert series at U Street Music Hall, which allowed local rappers to open for nationally established MCs. These days, he and Allia (formerly known as Harmony Muzik) curate yearly Indie Life showcases at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. This year's showcase, held at Austin's Bat Bar, [...]

Arts Roundup: 100 DMV Artists Edition

Good morning! Lenny Campello, author of the forthcoming book 100 Washington Artists, isn't happy—at all—with Kriston Capps' Arts Desk piece on him from yesterday, and says so at length on his D.C. Art News blog. Jeffry Cudlin—artist, curator, WCP art critic—has some thoughts on his blog, which he gets to after having some fun with [...]

Download: Phil Adé’s The Letterman Tape

Back in January, I spoke with local rapper Phil Adé during a Haiti-relief benefit at the 9:30 Club—mostly about serious issues, but also about his series of mix tapes. He released the first, Starting on JV, last year via neo-soul crooner Raheem DeVaughn's 368 Music Group, and he told me he hopes to make a [...]

New Mixtape: Tabi Bonney’s A Place Called Stardom

Ever since his single "The Pocket" started getting radio play in the area a few years ago, Tabi Bonney's been one of D.C.'s most notable and visible and—as you know if you've heard his two albums—best rappers. It's a fact he states early on his new—and incredibly, his first—mixtape, A Place Called Stardom, which spends [...]

9:30 Club’s Haiti Concert Will Still Aid Wyclef Jean’s Charity

The organizers of tonight's 9:30 Club benefit for victims of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti say they still plan to donate half of the evening's proceeds to Yéle Haiti, a nongovernmental organization founded by the Haitian-born performer Wyclef Jean.
Yéle came under fire over the weekend after the Smoking Gun reported that the organization's tax [...]

9:30 Club’s Haiti Benefit May Aid Wyclef Jean’s Dubious Charity

UPDATE – 7:55 p.m.: Hugh Locke, the president of Yéle Haiti, has released a statement: "Wyclef Jean, the founder of Yéle Haiti has never profited from his organization." Read the full statement at the bottom of the article. Original post below:
On Monday, some of the District's biggest rap names will perform at the 9:30 Club [...]

Wale, Tabi Bonney, Other DMV Rappers to Headline Haiti Benefit Monday

This just in:  Wale, Tabi Bonney, XO, Phil Adé, Kingpen Slim, and a number of other area rappers will perform at 9:30 Club on Monday to raise money for Haiti relief efforts. All proceeds will go the Partners in Health Organization and Yéle Haiti, the charity founded by Wyclef Jean. Tickets went on sale... about [...]

Black Cat, Busboys & Poets Will Hold Haiti Benefits

Some local events, announced today, that will raise money for victims of the earthquake in Haiti—a catastrophe that the Red Cross says may have claimed 50,000 lives:

"DMV Helps Haiti" at Busboys & Poets: There will be a discussion, an open mic, and an auction featuring works by Demont Peekaso. Suggested donation: $10. Sunday at 6:30 [...]

Reviewed: X.O.’s One. One. Ten.

D.C. has never had a dearth of hip-hop talent—only hip-hop identity. One. One. Ten., the new album from X.O., doesn't exactly stake out a new DMV aesthetic, but its subtleties and strengths makes it a compelling statement from the young rapper. In his review in this week's City Paper, Andrew Noz writes:
One. One. Ten, his [...]

Tonight: Wale at the 9:30 Club

So far Wale has shown that he’s poised, skilled, magnetic, and shrewd, and those qualities will keep the paychecks coming for the foreseeable future. But is he interesting? As a savvy rapper who has neither a huge hit nor certifiable grassroots cred, he inspires the kind of will-he-or-won’t-he coverage that young NFL quarterbacks get. And as [...]