Shy Glizzy made some of his finest work to date on his third full-length project, Law 2. But the release isn't without its flaws. On the tape, he consistently shrinks in the presence of higher-profile acts like Migos, Starlito, and Kevin Gates, compromising his own personality for the sake of accommodating collaborators. Memphis rapper [...]
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A new series in which two local figures share their thoughts on developments in D.C.-area culture. For this edition, we talk to Maryland rapper Phil Adé and Pink Line Project founder Philippa Hughes.
Washington City Paper: This week, the Sonic Circuits Festival released its annual District of Noise compilation, a collection of local experimental music. This [...]
Fat Trel: Deal or No Deal?
Next Wednesday, Fat Trel finally celebrates the release of his SDMG mixtape in D.C. with a release concert at the Howard Theatre. At the show, I hope Trel finally addresses the rumored deal with Maybach Music Group and Roc Nation, kind of like I hoped he addressed it at Trillectro [...]
It seemed like D.C. didn't know what to make of last year's Trillectro Music Festival. Curated by bloggers Modele "Modi" Oyewole, Quinn Coleman, and Marcel Marshall, Trillectro was the first of its kind for the region—a rare event where hipsters and hip-hop heads converged.
The crowds may have been more ready for this year's festival, having absorbed round after round of Trillectro [...]
Rapper Phil Adé had an unlikely brush with politics at the Broccoli City Festival last spring when D.C. Mayor Vince Gray introduced him at the show.
It was a weird moment for the audience and Adé himself. The mayor looks more like a smooth-jazz kind of guy. "The first song I performed was 'Paper Over Pussy' as the [...]
While some rappers are flaunting cash and jewelry, many of their listeners are working dead-end jobs. They’re suffering through broken relationships, not throwing money at strippers; they’re paying bills, not collecting debts. Chances are, Cane had those listeners in mind when he made his new mixtape, Lucid Dreams, a 15-track collection of common-man rhymes [...]
Phil Ade's Return
At one point, it seemed Phil Ade dropped a new mixtape every month. I mean, hell, he dropped four tapes in 2011 alone. Then seemingly as suddenly, the Prince George’s County rapper disappeared—taking time away to perfect his craft, he said at April’s Broccoli City Festival. But this week, Ade returned with “Nas [...]
The Broccoli City Festival wasn't just about broccoli. Sure, the atmosphere was noticeably hippyish and the raw veggies were a nice touch, but it was also a local showcase of sorts. There were plenty of performances—at earsplitting volume—from the likes of Phil Adé, Kingpen Slim , and Black Alley, along with national acts like Detroit grunge rocker JMSN [...]
D.C. residents with disposable income have no problem eating well. The city's poor and working class residents, on the other hand, fall behind the curve when it comes to "green," healthy living. Los Angeles-based "organic lifestyle" group Broccoli City wants to change that with what it's calling the "first urban Earth Day celebration."
Sunday, the "green"-focused [...]
Every week, Arts Desk's hip-hop writers drop news, music, culture—and generally put you on game.
At Halloween parties across the land this weekend, the people who once dressed up as Sarah Palin or a teary-eyed Glenn Beck will come up with costumes that spin off the one-liner of the season: Mitt Romney’s "binders full of [...]