Posts Tagged ‘Kokayi’

Come to the American Art Museum This Friday to See Young Rapids and Pleasure Curses!

Plus: free beer!

June 24: Come See the El Mansouris and Kokayi in Our Summer Music Showcase at AMP!

In honor of our Summer Arts Guide, we're hosting a concert.

The Breaks: The Busy March Edition

What writer can't relate to the grind of trappin' out a Starbucks?

The Breaks: This Week in Local Hip-Hop

Wale wants Kanye to design the Wizards' uniforms.

Kokayi Tackles Mental Health on New Song, “Poseidon”

Life can get you down, and that's OK. There's no way to be strong all the time. It's also OK to ask for help. No one is an island.
That's all according to Kokayi's new song, "Poseidon," which finds the D.C. musician playing the role of a lifeguard above his own deliberate soundtrack. "You keep surviving, you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Major League: A Selective History of D.C. Rappers on Major Labels

Has Fat Trel gone to a major label? Don’t believe the tweets just yet—there’s no final word on whether the D.C. trap rapper has officially joined Rick Ross’ Atlantic Records subsidiary Maybach Music Group alongside Wale. But if Trel does make the jump, he would join a fairly exclusive circle. D.C. rappers don’t land on [...]

DMV Beats: Kokayi, Logic, The White Mandingos, SmCity, and Javier Starks

Kokayi’s Grind
Deanwood MC Kokayi is on a roll. On Monday, we learned that Ebony magazine named him, wife Seshat, daughter Phina, and son Dahvi one of the coolest black families in America. Then we learned that Kokayi secured a Sister Cities grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which will fund his [...]

City Paper Critics’ Poll: The Best Music of 2012

"They say you got your whole life to make your first album," raps Oddisee at the top of "Ready to Rock," the triumphant, densely collaged opener of People Hear What They See, D.C. music critics' pick for the year's best local album. But for the Sudanese-American producer/MC, it didn't take a lifetime to finally pull [...]

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