Posts Tagged ‘K-Beta’

Listen to Silk Road, Inner Loop’s Ode to the Obscene

Journey through the Internet's now-defunct black market with lewd tales and dark beats.

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 [...]

Listen: J-Scrilla, “On The Reels”

On 2009's "Guns & Butter," MCs X.O. and K-BETA made great use of producer J-Scrilla's methodical composition. It showcased the rappers' formidable mic skills and proved that good things can happen when they're on the same page.
Scrilla's recently released single, "On the Reels," pairs X.O. and BETA once more. This time, the pace is quicker [...]

Listen: K-BETA’s “Pakistan”

It's been two years since Virginia MC K-BETA dropped his excellent Inglorious Beta LP, a dynamic 16-song set of fierce rhymes and tough instrumentals. Since then, however, the rapper had been quiet on the music front.
BETA returns with "Pakistan," a new single produced by InnerLoop label head J-Scrilla. Here, the rapper sounds comfortable amid restless funk [...]

J-Scrilla Releases Capitol Punishment

DJ J-Scrilla is no stranger to the mixtape concept, whether he's releasing his own compilations or promoting those from his peers. From the late '90s to the early aughts, Scrilla's tapes paired veteran MCs with lesser-known talent. "I want my tapes to be more like 'digs' for the listener, rather than a rack of joints they [...]

New Video: K-BETA’s “Soul Cry”

It seems it was ages ago that Virginia MC K-BETA released his exceptional Inglorious Beta album, although it dropped just last April. Since then, BETA has moved to D.C. and become a father. This week, he released the video for the reggae-tinged "Soul Cry," a clear album standout.

New Year Means New Music From Laelo Hood and PHZ-Sicks

DMV MCs Laelo Hood and PHZ-Sicks didn't waste time once the ball dropped, dropping new projects less than a week into the new year.
Their lyrical cadences and subject matter couldn't be more different. Laelo—a member of the D.C.-based InnerLoop imprint with K-BETA, J-Scrilla and others—discusses addiction and his love of smoking weed, among other things. [...]

Head-Roc’s Mouth: D.C. Hip-Hop Rock Star Recommendations

An occasional feature in which esteemed D.C. rapper Head-Roc shares what’s on his mind.
On Facebook, I’ve been in a somewhat intense discussion with D.C. luminary DJ RBI, of WPFW’s Monday night “Ill Street Grooves” show, about the support D.C. hip-hop music veterans and superstars receive from the DMV's club and on-air-DJ community.
I plaster my personal [...]

Far Out vs. Hot Dang: Vol. 14

Fourteen weeks on the grind, and we're itchin' for a respite. Far Out vs. Hot Dang will return on Dec. 3, because you crave it. Don't lie, you do. In the meantime, there will be some eating involved, because we are zombies.

"The man can smear beats together or break them down into seven parts; either [...]

South by Southwest’s Fourth Most Buzzed-About Artist? Oddisee

I don't pretend to understand anything algorithmic, so I can't really vouch for Next Big Sound, whose M.O. is "Music Meets Math." According to its breakdown of South by Southwest, the fourth most buzzed-about artist during the festival was Oddisee, the D.C. beatmaker and member of hip-hop trio Diamond District.
Oddisee's not bragging yet: His blog's [...]