For eight years, the annual DC Loves Dilla concert has paid homage to revered hip-hop producer James "J Dilla" Yancey, who died in 2006 of a rare blood disease. The concert usually ropes in locals and former Dilla collaborators alike: For last year's edition at Fillmore Silver Spring, alt-jazz pianist Robert Glasper improvised an impressive [...]
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We last heard from Violet Says 5 frontman Ethan Spalding on last year's Beef and Broccoli, his collaborative album with Silver Spring MC/producer Awthentik. Broccoli crossed Southern crunk with East Coast boom-bap—and showed both in their best lights.
Now Spalding—under the name Violet Rocker—goes at it alone on the second installment of his Champagne, Weed and Bubble [...]
OneWay Nooch's Rookie Season
OneWay Nooch isn't the only rapper in his family—his dad is OneWay Boobe of the Oy Boyz crew. So the quality of the teenager's debut mixtape, Rookie Season isn't surprising, given that pops certainly knows how to break off some professional-sounding product. And the tape's overall shrewdness—from its RGIII-themed cover to its [...]
Early Wednesday morning, XXL magazine unveiled its "2013 Freshman" cover, shining the spotlight on a "new" class of MCs. As usual, it's become the year's most talked-about hip-hop magazine cover and a lightning rod of controversy. Some said including ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Trinidad James, and honorary rookie Chief Keef was [...]
Yesterday on Facebook, Arlington-based record label Cricket Cemetery announced that it plans to re-release X.O.'s 2008 Takeover 2 mixtape on vinyl this summer.
"I am honored to announce the addition of X.O. to the Cricket Cemetery family," says the label's status update. It promises to give the mixtape "deluxe packaging" on colored vinyl in a limited [...]
It's gonna be weird when X.O. hits a video drought, because right now it seems like he's got a new clip every few weeks, and they're all worth watching (and they're all generally D.C. as hell). Up now is "Rugged," which is definitely on the Style Wars tip, with all its trains and spraycans [...]
X.O. is tired of the same ol' same ol' in hip-hop: Rappers either pop bottles, party, or brag about their supposed riches. "We've already done all that," the Diamond District MC tells Arts Desk. "Let's talk about the things going on in the community. There's so much going on here and we need a voice [...]
On 2009's "Guns & Butter," MCs X.O. and K-BETA made great use of producer J-Scrilla's methodical composition. It showcased the rappers' formidable mic skills and proved that good things can happen when they're on the same page.
Scrilla's recently released single, "On the Reels," pairs X.O. and BETA once more. This time, the pace is quicker [...]
It's not the Durkl shirt (1). It's the trash and recycling cans (2). They're like co-stars.
WATCH X.O.'s "Good Vibes" after the jump:
The last we heard from D.C. rapper X.O., it was on his Monumental II mixtape, an inspired effort for the confident Diamond District MC and former Studio43 label standout.
Released today, the video for "Errybody" is the first single from his upcoming mixtape, The Color Gray, scheduled for an Oct. 1 release. Then in January, X.O. will [...]