You know the story if you know Maimouna Youssef: She performed with rap duo dead prez at Dave Chappelle's block party. In 2006, she sang on The Roots' "Don't Feel Right," the lead single from the group's Game Theory album. "I Got a Man," the lead single from Youssef's The Blooming, was produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff. [...]
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RAtheMC doesn't sit still for too long. Following the news of her father's untimely passing, she dropped a short but inspirational video for "Inception." Now, for her new video, "Drive You Crazy," RA focuses on herself and her creative friends.
Artists Maimouna Youssef, Reesa Renee, and Don Juan make appearances as director and singer Joe Maye combines clips of her [...]
At this point, Lorde's "Royals" is firmly embedded in this moment in pop culture. Released last summer, it proved a smash hit for the New Zealand singer, one that culminated with her recently taking home four Grammys for her trouble.
But local rapper and singer Maimouna Youssef has a response to Lorde's hit. It comes in the form [...]
Oddisee doesn't do many videos. He dropped one recently for "After Thoughts," but he doesn't actually appear in it. So the rapper/producer's new video for "Own Appeal" was kind of a surprise. It offers a glimpse into Odd's work routine: "The outside environment really plays a huge part in what I make," he says at [...]
"It’s bigger than hip HOP! Hip HOP!," spits rap duo Dead Prez on probably its best-known track to date. The song prodded some of the genre’s weak spots (materialism, fake thuggery) and went after critics who blamed the subculture for societal ills. But that was in 2000, on Dead Prez’s first album Let’s Get Free; since [...]
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 [...]
Early Wednesday morning, XXL magazine unveiled its "2013 Freshman" cover, shining the spotlight on a "new" class of MCs. As usual, it's become the year's most talked-about hip-hop magazine cover and a lightning rod of controversy. Some said including ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Trinidad James, and honorary rookie Chief Keef was [...]
Released last September, Maimouna Youssef's The Blooming was a dynamic debut for the accomplished singer/MC. It chastised everything from genocide to phony rappers, and showed listeners that she can rock without The Roots.
Released today, Youssef's video for "Meet Me in Brazil" is a breezy tale of overseas romance, in which she and her husband (played by [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]