It's been five years since the Diamond District released its stellar—dare I say classic?—debut album, In the Ruff, an astute depiction of young black Washington. Rappers Oddisee, Uptown XO and yU cut through the national euphoria of ushered in by President Barack Obama's new administration, by discussing the civic plight occuring just blocks from the White House. The rats. The tenements. [...]
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It doesn't take long to discover the real yU, the understated musician who cares deeply about things closest to him—family, close friends, and providing for his kids. That spirit shines through yU's music, whether he recalls his Suitland, Md., roots or spits aggressive survival rhymes with Diamond District comrades Oddisee and Uptown XO.
Released today, yU pays [...]
A midtempo guitar solo opens "Cookies," the opening track of Ethan Spalding's new mixtape, I Am Ethan Spalding. It's as if the Takoma Park rapper wants to ease into this ambitious 17-track recording. Then suddenly, Spalding bursts through, the beat just as aggressive as his spirited delivery: "You will never see me on Maury," exclaims Spalding [...]
Diamond District rapper Uptown XO has been quiet recently, a surprise given the steady stream of music he usually puts out. But that's likely to change in the coming months: Diamond District is putting final touches on its long-awaited sophomore album, March on Washington, and group member yU is slated to drop a collaborative LP with producer SlimKat as The [...]
Shakespeare mastered the dramatic gore associated with eye-gouging when King Lear was first produced more than 400 years ago. Playwright Lucas Hnath further explores the scientific consequences of eye-gouging in his latest work, Isaac's Eye, which he discusses following a reading at the National Academy of Sciences. Read more >>> The reading begins at 6 p.m. at the National Academy [...]
Here’s a free tip to anyone making a music video set in Washington, D.C.: Don’t make it look like D.C. At least not an identifiable part of D.C. Why? Because monuments are the Ben’s Chili Bowl of downtown. If you’re shooting a music video in New York City, do you shoot it in front of [...]
"Anything loud." That's how Ian Thompson, founder of Arlington's Cricket Cemetery, described his record label's forte in a 2011 interview with Washington City Paper. But it turns out Cricket Cemetery does quiet pretty well, too—though it's hard to find much of that on the September sampler Thompson recently posted on Bandcamp.
The sampler, which you can [...]
DMV Beats: Pacman and Peso, Youngin, Yung Gleesh, Prinz-D, Knox Hill, Wale, and a Must-See Fillmore Show
Escape to North Korea
Where to begin with this one? Earlier this week, DCist ran a story about two local rappers Pacman and Peso—from Congress Heights and Landover, Md., respectively—who want to broaden their horizons by filming a video in North Korea. With the assistance of Forest Hills Tenleytown Music Group label co-founder Ramsey Aburdene and [...]
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 [...]
We know that Southeast catchphrase-provider Shy Glizzy can handle a hook, but what happens when he basically sings all the way through a song? On the memorable new cut "I Am D.C.," the results have some of Cee-Lo's ease and some of Eazy-E's sneer, but Glizzy's voice is unique in how it expresses hunger. [...]