Posts Tagged ‘Joe D.’

The (Heart)Breaks: The Week in Local Hip-Hop

"But whenever you got lonely, and needed some advice/You called me your brother, that word is cold as ice."

Akil Nadir, Who Influenced the Course of D.C. Hip-Hop, Dies

Akil Nadir was the Philosopher King, the straight-ahead MC known for his battle rhymes and sophisticated bravado. To his friends, he was Claude Lumpkin, an educator and father who let his heart speak through the music (and on his funny blog).
The veteran D.C. rapper died this weekend. He was 34.
As word spread of Nadir's death, his peers [...]

Download: Akil Nadir’s Philosopher King

Longtime followers of D.C. underground hip-hop might remember Dirty Water, the super-lyrical duo of Akil Nadir and Joe.D. They were MCs before rapping was fashionable here, before folks from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia started calling the region the DMV.
Things have changed for Nadir and Joe, although they've stayed in the mix. Joe.D. now lives in [...]

Download: Gods’Illa’s “Glaciers”

A glacier could never survive in this weather, right? Tell that to Gods'Illa, a Forestville trio whose new single, "Glaciers," is a heater focused on delivery, not depth. The three-minute track, with a driving bass drum provided by Joe D., is full of memorable verses, none more remarkable than those of Powerful Rasheem and Acem Eternal Mind. "If you're [...]