Posts Tagged ‘Mello Music Group’

Listen: Kenn Starr, “The Definition”

"I ain't tryna be all salty and bitter, and take love to the Facebook wall and be all stalking the Twitter."

Listen to “First Step,” the First Single From Diamond District’s March on Washington

It's been five years since the Diamond District released its stellar—dare I say classic?—debut album, In the Ruff, an astute depiction of young black Washington. Rappers Oddisee, Uptown XO and yU cut through the national euphoria of ushered in by President Barack Obama's new administration, by discussing the civic plight occuring just blocks from the White House. The rats. The tenements. [...]

yU Honors His Late Father on “Never Burning Out”

It doesn't take long to discover the real yU, the understated musician who cares deeply about things closest to him—family, close friends, and providing for his kids. That spirit shines through yU's music, whether he recalls his Suitland, Md., roots or spits aggressive survival rhymes with Diamond District comrades Oddisee and Uptown XO.
Released today, yU pays [...]

Listen: yU and Oddisee on the Mandala Compilations

Follow yU on Instagram and you'll get a lot of breakbeats, obscure artwork, and family portraits. But occasionally the Suitland, Md., rapper will post brief clips of music, many of which I hope end up on a few projects somewhere. There's this song called "Stargazing." Then there's this track, "Thickening," that I wanna use as my own personal theme [...]

Watch: Oddisee, “After Thoughts”

Just two weeks after releasing the synth-heavy "Lonely Planet," Largo, Md., native Oddisee is back with a brand new video for "After Thoughts," the scenic opener from his forthcoming instrumental album, The Beauty In All. While "Lonely Planet" was more electronic than Oddisee's recent compositions, "After Thoughts" is a bit more serene. The video blends assorted [...]

Listen: Oddisee, “Lonely Planet”

In 2011, Oddisee struck gold with Rock Creek Park, a mostly instrumental, samples-based album that derived its moods and themes from D.C. geography. Though the Largo native spent years as a hip-hop producer and MC, Rock Creek Park passed muster with old-school R&B fans and rap heads alike.
Don't expect more of the same from Oddisee's latest material, [...]

Label Condition: A Selective Overview of D.C. DIY Labels

D.C. doesn’t make too many waves in mainstream music, but who cares? We’re not lacking for great local music—nor the DIY record labels that support it.
Any rockist outside of town probably associates D.C. with the fabled Dischord label, and hip-hop heads undoubtedly know about Wale’s The Board Administration imprint and Raheem DeVaughn’s 368 Music Group. [...]

Oddisee Slows It Down

On Mello Music Group's recently released Mello Muve Compilation, DMV export Oddisee spoke of his desire to go against the grain: "I always look to create songs that provide another point of view for something we all know."
His new song, "Slow It Down," does just that. It carries a ethereal sample of regal horns and [...]

Local Songs for Your Martin Luther King Day

Slow news day, slow news day. But there are a few musical goodies circulating that are pegged to Martin Luther King Day. On Friday, I mentioned that local producer Jon Kwest released the moombahton edit "Drum Major," which applies some 108 bpm to King's haunting "Drum Major Instinct" sermon.
D.C. rapper yU included the empowerment jam [...]