Posts Tagged ‘Kokayi’

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 [...]

Arts Roundup: Our Favorite D.C. Musicians Edition

City Paper-approved MC Kokayi goes head to head with his kid son in a freestyle battle. Watch! [Potholes In My Blog]
City Paper-approved guitarist Alex Minoff releases his album. Listen! [Bandcamp]
Bruce Springsteen throws his weight behind President Barack Obama in Virginia, and Rep. Eric Cantor's Democratic opponent in Virginia's 7th Congressional District has an advocate in bluegrass [...]

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 [...]

This Week In WCP Arts: The Master, Not So Masterful

Tricia Olszewski leads this week's arts section with her take on Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, which she says it's "expertly crafted and acted," but with some damning plot failures. She follows with her take on Josh Radnor's rom-com Liberal Arts, concluding that maybe dude should stick to doing sitcoms.
In theater, Rebecca Ritzel praises Round [...]

ToDo ToDay, Sept. 14-16: City Paper at the American Art Museum!

Each month, the Smithsonian American Art Museum hosts Luce Unplugged, a best-kept-secret of a concert series that's featured stripped-down sets from great acts like John Davis, Birdlips, Deleted Scenes, and Aaron Thompson. For the series' September installment, the Luce folks reached out to Washington City Paper to curate a lineup. We picked three acts we love: Grammy-nominated rapper/crooner/producer Kokayi; The Caribbean, and Alex Minoff. The show is [...]

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