D.C. rapper SmCity used to curate the Indie Life concert series at U Street Music Hall, which allowed local rappers to open for nationally established MCs. These days, he and Allia (formerly known as Harmony Muzik) curate yearly Indie Life showcases at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. This year's showcase, held at Austin's Bat Bar, [...]
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The beginning of Visto's new video is smooth, comedic, and pimpin' at the same time. A white Jaguar pulls up on H Street NE. The driver opens the rear passenger door, and the rapper steps out in paisley-print board shorts, brown boots, and a bow tie. His wardrobe doesn't match his ride. There’s a [...]
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 [...]
On his last album, The Indie Life: Hate, Love & Money, SmCity was all business. For its 12 songs, the rapper kept things aboveboard with guests Skyzoo, Oddisee, and Uptown X.O., among others. His new album, Dream Cemetery, is far more personal. Here, he unfurls stories about his challenges, personally and professionally, and touches on the balance between relationships [...]
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?"
At this time last year, D.C. rapper SmCity was prepping the release of The Indie Life: Hate, Love & Money. On that release, the University Heights native griped about the indie grind, but played up the positive: He was making too many moves to worry about a few haters, as he saw them, along the [...]
In January, D.C. rapper SmCity released The Indie Life: Hate, Love & Money, which meditated on the indie grind via hard-charging production and introspective rhymes. Sm keeps things simple in his "Hate, Love & Money" video, which he released today. He drives a Benz through Georgetown with a bad chick in the passenger seat. Elsewhere, [...]
Kwame Kwei-Armah, the new director of Baltimore's Centerstage, was disturbed by the treatment of race in Bruce Norris' Pulitzer-winning gentrification drama Clybourne Park, which had two successful runs at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. (Arts Desk was disturbed, too.) The playwright is penning a response, Beneatha’s Place, which his company will mount next season along with a production [...]
Runway Reformation: Check It and Notorious got a pretty dramatic do-over Saturday night from MPD, who lent the gay street gangs space in its Boys and Girls Club to hold a fashion show, reports the Post. It was the debut of TurnItUp, Check It's new apparel brand. Not that the kids have renounced violence, at least the [...]
This week's cover package is our annual self-improvement guide, which compiles all many of classes you can take to make yourself a better—which is to say less awful—person. Win!
Ryan Little leads the arts section with his look back at Gold Leaf Studios, the longtime Mount Vernon Square DIY space that will shutter at the end [...]