Posts Tagged ‘Oddisee’

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 [...]

DTMD’s Toine Wants a Better Job for Better Pay on Antoine Jameson

Toine wants to break away from his current financial status, his place as an underground—and somewhat unheralded—rapper, and the D.C. region for a little while. He's made some noise, though: In 2011, Toine turned in a notable performance on Oddisee's song, "Different Now." More recently, he offered a dope verse to Sean Born and Dunc's impressive [...]

Here’s the Trillectro Festival Lineup

Headlined by Detroit’s resident A$$ shaker Big Sean (pictured) and trap-and-bass meme phenomenon Baauer (of Harlem Shake fame), this year’s Trillectro lineup could possibly cause a small earthquake around its new venue, RFK Fairgrounds, on August 23.
Hip-hop trio of the moment Migos, whose 2013 single "Versace" easily challenges Big Sean for the most repetitive verse ever, will be providing [...]

Homeboy Sandman Will Never Be on the Radio, and He’s Fine With That

I don't know why I keep playing this new Homeboy Sandman track. It's called "Atlantis" and it isn't overly awesome. The beat, produced by Blu, sounds like an old loop from the Police, so you might get funny looks if you blast it from the car.
But the song is just—dope.
It's catchy as hell and I [...]

Unown’s Soundcloud Page Is Full of Gems

If you've attended an Oddisee show, you've seen D.C. producer Unown as well. While a band simulates Odd's studio productions, Unown is on an MPC, adding the electronic sounds that can't be re-created with live instruments.
But Unown is a dope composer in his own right, and a quick glance at his Soundcloud page confirms it. Just this week, [...]

Watch: Oddisee, “Caprice Down”

Of all the things you can say about Oddisee's instrumental music, "pastoral" comes to mind first. From 2011's Rock Creek Park and Odd Seasons, to last year's The Beauty in All, it's clear that the Largo, Md., native has a taste for big spaces and rustic tranquility.
Today, Oddisee released a new video for "Caprice Down," a chillwave-inspired song [...]

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 [...]

Listen: Jon Laine, Number 9 EP

KRS-ONE, Jay Z, and The Beatles. Blaxploitation flicks, nuclear holocaust protection, and Diet Coke. These are just a few of the things you'll hear referenced on producer Jon Laine's new 21-track EP, Number 9. The versatile release is his first project since 2011's GIANT, which paired local MCs with his drum-heavy beats.
For the most part, Laine goes at it [...]

DMV Beats: An Appreciation for Pat Is Dope

Pat Is Dope vs. Danny Brown
D.C. blogger and all-around hip-hop head Pat Is Dope hasn't gotten much attention from DMV Beats, and that's unfair. He serves up a steady stream of content on and has more than 190,000 followers (!) on Twitter. Surely they're not all stripper/porno bots. Pat's rep stems, in part, from [...]

Genre Dysphoria: The Best D.C. Music of 2013

With Chuck Brown in his eternal resting place and Ian MacKaye settled down and playing only occasional dates with The Evens, how has D.C. music moved on?
In 2013, the answer was clearer: This is a hip-hop town, at least more than it was before. The area now has three significant hip-hop exports: trap-rap up-and-comer Fat Trel, [...]