Shy Glizzy’s new mixtape, Fxck Rap, is an evolved and shockingly mature mea culpa. Whereas the last joint positioned Glizz as D.C.'s noisy contrarian and a hot-headed rap-beef instigator, it sounds like he wants to take that back. “No more guns in my videos—it’s fucking up my zeroes ... I’m the neighborhood hero.” Arts [...]
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On our cover this week, we run excerpts from District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, D.C., an illustrated collection of lesser-known stories from D.C.'s past. Know the one about janitor James Hampton, who built a Smithsonian-worthy religious shrine from scavenged materials in his Shaw garage? Now you do.
On his new album Home is Where the Art Is, Substantial gets downright boastful: "I should be your first pick long before the second interview/Third LP's a four out of five minimum."
He isn't lying. Released today, Home is Substantial's third album—an adult take on real situations, from marital spats to the community. Elsewhere, the Prince George's County [...]
This just in: Substantial can rap. And I'm not talking this broken sentence flow that's popular with the kids these days. I'm talking thoughtful lyrics and a razor-sharp delivery that'll keep you affixed to the rewind button.
Released Monday, Substantial's "Check My Resume" displays those abilities through bragging rhymes set atop a vigorous Oddisee instrumental and DJ [...]
To commemorate the opening of The Dark Knight Rises, Vogue magazine compiled a 14-song "Save the Day" playlist to honor the caped crusader and other movie superheroes.
On a playlist that includes R.E.M.'s "Superman," Foo Fighters' "My Hero," and Rolling Stones' "Poison Ivy," there's a jarring stand-out: "Save the Day" by Bop Alloy, the jazzy hip-hop duo of [...]
As the music industry makes it way to Austin, Texas, for the annual SXSW Festival, the folks at Mello Music Group have dropped off the Mello Muve Compilation, an 18-track collection of new and previously released songs, all of which are supposed to prep listeners for the record label's upcoming album releases.
Of particular note to D.C. [...]
In September 2010, Prince George's County native Substantial and Seattle producer Marcus D. released their Bop Alloy project, a greasy hip-hop album more suited for adult contemporary radio than urban airwaves. Sure, piano chords, string arrangements, and horn solos aren't foreign to rap, but the abundance of such instruments made songs like "Chillaxation" and "Still [...]
A lot of releases caught my ear this year, including projects from Kokayi, lowercase letters, DTMD, Jon Laine, and others. At the same time, the always-endless stream of mixtapes made it damn near impossible to catch everything.
For the second year in a row, I voted in WKYS's list of the hottest local rappers. (So far, Nos. 3-10 have [...]
If it weren't for Nujabes, a Japanese producer whose experimental grooves made him a notable name in his country, the world probably wouldn't know about Substantial.
That's why the Landover/Baltimore hybrid is helping organize next week's "Peaceland: A World Without Words" event at the National Harbor, which will honor the legacy of the fallen producer, who [...]
As 2010 comes to a close, members and observers of the D.C. hip-hop scene are debating who's the hottest MC, and whether or not we have a great one. The year also saw a seemingly endless stream of mixtapes—from D.C. Don Juan and UCB, to Kingpen Slim and Raheem DeVaughn. In 2011, listeners should expect [...]