Posts Tagged ‘SmCity’

This Week in WCP Arts: Gold Leaf Studios, Maggie Thatcher, SmCity

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 [...]

Phil Adé’s Next Friday

Phil Adé is certainly prolific. When he isn't flooding the DMV with an endless stream of free music—he dropped four (four!) mixtapes in 2011—the young MC headlines local shows and lends his fiery wordplay to songs like this. All of which is welcome news for his dedicated listeners, if not for his haters (listen to his verse [...]

Six Recent DMV Hip-Hop Videos Ranked in Order of Sincerity

1. SmCity featuring Pro'verb, "My Own Boss"
Of all the rap videos that prominently feature Malcolm X imagery, at least 99 percent are sincere.

They Don’t Give a Fuck, But You Should

In preparation for his new album The Indie Life: Hate, Love & Money dropping next Thursday, DMV rapper SmCity has released a new single: "Mr. IDGAF," featuring MC/producer Oddisee and star-in-waiting Phil Ade.
In case you really need to know, "IDGAF" stands for "I don't give a fuck." On the brassy Oddisee-produced track, the three MCs chastise the [...]

SmCity Wants You to Watch the Whole Video

At first glance, D.C. rapper SmCity seems all confused in this video for "Twilight," a track from his upcoming The Indie Life: Hate, Love & Money. He's sportin' a limited-edition Nats hat, but that hometown W kinda gets lost in all those Brooklyn Bridge shots. And his sideman is Brooklyn MC Skyzoo. Why shoot the [...]

Harmony Muzik’s Concert-as-Networking-Event

Musicians don't see many major-label talent scouts in the DMV. Local stations don't seem to have too much interest in area artists. But there is plenty of great musical talent in D.C., and Harmony Muzik wants the world to know it. "I think we are a model for the independent movement," says the Virginia-based singer. "People need [...]

What Freeway Loves About the DMV

Freeway remembers a time when Philadelphia wasn't a go-to place for hip-hop. Sure, it had acts like The Roots and Beanie Siegel representing the city, but it still didn't get the national attention many felt it deserved. "After years of trying to get on, we felt it was impossible to get a deal in Philly," Freeway [...]

Arts Roundup: Sucks as Hard as a Spider Can Edition

This is the first Wednesday in nearly a month that I've done the Arts Roundup without the city waking up to snow or freezing rain. Though it is bitterly cold. No matter; let's do the arty news!
SmCity does much more than drop rhymes, Sarah Godfrey writes. As an independent MC, he has had to "handle [...]