Posts Tagged ‘Sean Born’

DMV Beats: Logic, Sean Born and Dunc, Sheezy Beatz, Lyriciss, Gods’Illa, and Rock Creek Social Club

Logic, On and On
"Bitches they only care 'bout the flow," raps Def Jam MC Logic during the chorus of the harp-accented "Two Kings," a new track featuring Cleveland's King Chip up on Soundcloud. And, really, the song is more about flow than anything else; the only linguistically noteworthy moment might be his use of culero [...]

DMV Beats: Harmony Muzik’s Psychosexual Cinema

Killin' It With a Skillet
Fellas. Whatever menace you can muster pales in comparison to the darkness Harmony Muzik is projecting in this "Taerkey Bacon" video. She extracts more dread from a drippy bottle of red nail polish than all the post-adolescent males in hip-hop have collectively generated in 2013 via mean mugs, vacant-eyed stares, and [...]

DMV Beats: Bustin’ Down the Door in 2013

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?"
On [...]

Listen: Kev Brown’s Soulful Ode to South Africa

There's a YouTube clip in which veteran Brooklyn rapper Busta Rhymes effusively praises Landover, Md., producer Kev Brown. "He gave me like 2,000 beats, and I've got five unbelievable joints with the homie Kev Brown!" Busta exclaims.
Brown stood stoic, taking it all in. The producer doesn't say much, and his name rarely arises when folks discuss the DMV's [...]

Street Sweepers Vol. 1: Arts Desk’s Favorite DMV Tracks of 2012 (So Far)

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, [...]

J-Scrilla Launches Concert Series, Releases New Tape

As DJ J-Scrilla sees it, the DMV doesn't have a dedicated concert series for local rappers. Sure, there's a handful of open mics where MCs can rock a song or two—and last year, SmCity's Indie Life Concert Series allowed local rappers to share the stage with national talent—but there's no regular platform for them to perform [...]

Another Reason You Shouldn’t Sleep on Sean Born

In January, Prince George's County MC Sean Born dropped one of the best albums I've heard this year, Behind the Scale, which combined Born's gritty tales of struggle with dusty, '90s-style boom bap, courtesy of producers Kev Brown, Dunc, and Oddisee.
Released today, Born's "12/12" is a lively posse cut featuring Low Budget crew member Kaimbr and [...]

Why You Shouldn’t Sleep on Sean Born

You might know very little about Sean Born, a gruff, gravel-voiced MC from Prince George's County, Md., whose forthcoming album, Behind the Scale, is a cinematic journey through the small Queen Anne town in which he grew up. Born tells of his struggle over booming beats from Kev Brown, Dunc, and Oddisee, and others.
Born's impressive mixtape, 909 Jack BTS Pause [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: The Answers Isssue, Annie Leibovitz, Sean Born

On the cover of this week's City Paper is The Answers Issue, in which we take a whack at our readers' most pressing queries. Therein, you'll find lots of questions and answers related to arts and cultures, including: Can an actor make a middle-class living in D.C.? Does anyone ever win the myriad contests City [...]

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