Personality is essential to a lyricist’s success. That ability to connect with an audience—that earnest charm—endeared listeners to Maryland rapper Phil Adé when his debut, Starting on JV, was released five years ago. His likability and effortless flair for flipping syllables had him pegged as the next local artist on the brink of stardom after releasing [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Lightshow’
If Black Indian's 2011 comeback I Tried To Tell You was all about re-establishing the D.C. rapper's relevance, then his new mixtape, Indian Summer, is the sound of a veteran MC progressing on his own terms. Two local producers—Don "Dunn It" Cox and Choppy Chop Beatz (Damyon Richardson, aka Choppy Chop-e Sound)—dominate the credits, [...]
All out of real news, the Newseum turns its attention to fake news with a planned Anchorman exhibit. [Arts Desk]
National Endowment for the Arts names the 2013 heritage fellows. [National Endowment for the Arts]
MetroStage announces its 2013-14 season. [Post]
Shy Glizzy and Lightshow team up for a new track, "Very Rare." [D.C. Mumbo Sauce]
A year and a half ago, few hip-hop fans in the District had heard about Kelow, a blond-dreadlocked, wisp-thin, weed-smoking lesbian rapper from Forestville, Md. But she was about to be big in Sweden.
In September 2011, Kelow’s video for "Haterz" popped up on the Swedish hip-hop blog Pussy Made of Gold. By summer 2012, she [...]
Winter Fresh Releases
Let's be honest, 2012 was a down year for D.C. hip-hop. There were many decent local rap releases to choose from, but not many stellar ones. Oddisee's People Hear What They See was certainly the best of the bunch, but he lives in New York now, so can we still call him "local?"
Keeping tabs on D.C. hip-hop is miserable. You have exciting prospects and well-oiled brands making moves, and then there’s everything else: Twitter thugs, DatPiff trolls, YouTube street fighters. There’s a wealth of kids with enough digital means to routinely indict each other on camera in beef-driven clips (let's grow up and all get this money, [...]