Posts Tagged ‘Jon Laine’

Listen to This Common-Inspired Beat Tape

Common’s evolution is tricky to navigate. On his 1992 debut, Can I Borrow A Dollar?, he was the beer-guzzling, weed-smoking, hood dude. Two years later, Common was more thoughtful on the landmark Resurrection, a creative approach that came to full fruition on 2000's Like Water for Chocolate and 2005's Be. He traveled to outer space on [...]

Listen: Jon Laine, Number 9 EP

KRS-ONE, Jay Z, and The Beatles. Blaxploitation flicks, nuclear holocaust protection, and Diet Coke. These are just a few of the things you'll hear referenced on producer Jon Laine's new 21-track EP, Number 9. The versatile release is his first project since 2011's GIANT, which paired local MCs with his drum-heavy beats.
For the most part, Laine goes at it [...]

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 [...]

Watch: Videos from 2013 DC Loves Dilla

For eight years, the annual DC Loves Dilla concert has paid homage to revered hip-hop producer James "J Dilla" Yancey, who died in 2006 of a rare blood disease. The concert usually ropes in locals and former Dilla collaborators alike: For last year's edition at Fillmore Silver Spring, alt-jazz pianist Robert Glasper improvised an impressive [...]

On “Four Four,” Kokayi Riffs on Volatile Romance

It was just three weeks ago that Kokayi released Pro Deo et Patria, a lively set of bouncy electro-pop on which the Northeast resident bemoaned racial injustice and police helicopters, among other things.
Released late Thursday, Kokayi's "Four Four" is a creeping rock ballad featuring a couple notable names in D.C. music: Zo! (a frequent collaborator [...]

Tomorrow: D.C. Artists Pay Tribute to Dilla

Detroit producer James "J-Dilla" Yancey represented many things for fans of underground hip-hop. Still today, the gifted beatsmith's use of bombastic drums can make your head nod 'til your neck breaks.
Crate-diggers love Dilla because he could take a oft-sampled beat and flip it in a new way. By the time you heard his version of [...]

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 [...]

Jon Laine’s GIANT is All About The Beats

Released in 1998, Soul Survivor was the grand coronation of producer Pete Rock's already-stellar career, a large-scale album equally celebrated for its imposing instrumentals and heavyweight guest list (the Wu-Tang Clan, Black Thought of The Roots, and Common all had verses on the project). Yet despite the star-studded cast, Pete was the clear centerpiece, as his beats [...]

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