Posts Tagged ‘X.O.’

Marcus J. Moore’s Five Favorite DMV Albums of 2011

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 [...]

Arts Roundup: Fly Guy Edition

Everyone's a Hater: Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's history of the Lincoln assassination, Killing Lincoln, isn't being stocked by the musuem store at Ford's Theatre because the book doesn't meet the shop's standards for accuracy and documentation—and which, naturally, has led to a balls-out crazy comments section beneath The Washington Post's story on the ban. "The [...]

Jon Laine’s GIANT is All About The Beats

Released in 1998, Soul Survivor was the grand coronation of producer Pete Rock's already-stellar career, a large-scale album equally celebrated for its imposing instrumentals and heavyweight guest list (the Wu-Tang Clan, Black Thought of The Roots, and Common all had verses on the project). Yet despite the star-studded cast, Pete was the clear centerpiece, as his beats [...]

X.O. Gets Faded

The Fader (mostly) took Andrew Noz from us, but that's OK, because the music mag is obviously trying to make up for it by showing love to X.O., one of our favorite D.C. rappers. He and several other locals did a show in May that was sponsored by the magazine and a soft drink brand; [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Dance Exchange, Weezy, Sad Bones

Amanda Abrams leads the arts section with her look at the Dance Exchange following the exit of its founder, Liz Lerman, who made the modern-dance company a national force. Ben Westhoff takes a long listen to the disappointing new Lil Wayne record. Marcus J. Moore is impressed by the latest mixtape from local rapper X.O., while [...]

X.O. Talks Monumental II, Becoming a Brand

The last time we heard an X.O. solo recording—the celebratory One.One.Ten, released on Jan. 1 of last year—the Northwest D.C. native seemed comfortable with his place among the region's hip-hop elite.
One year later, X.O. sounds restless on Monumental II, a 17-track mixtape of familiar soul samples, reflective anecdotes, and aggressive lyricism released today. Monumental II is the [...]

J-Scrilla Releases Capitol Punishment

DJ J-Scrilla is no stranger to the mixtape concept, whether he's releasing his own compilations or promoting those from his peers. From the late '90s to the early aughts, Scrilla's tapes paired veteran MCs with lesser-known talent. "I want my tapes to be more like 'digs' for the listener, rather than a rack of joints they [...]

DMV Rap Attack: New Music From X.O., Tabi Bonney, and Wale

It wasn't on purpose, but three of the DMV's top MCs have dropped new material within days of each other. For X.O. and tabi Bonney, their new songs are teasers of upcoming projects. In Wale's case, his new track with local go-go band TCB was recorded just for recreation.
X.O., one-third of the vaunted Diamond District [...]

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 [...]

Reviewed: Mumbo Sauce and Drumbreaks by Soulful!

Producer-driven albums can be tricky to execute, especially if your name isn't Flying Lotus, Madlib or J-Dilla. The producer bold enough to let his beats talk better have kick-ass instrumentals—or kick-ass vocalists—on hand.
Luckily Soulful!, a resident producer of the D.C.-based InnerLoop imprint, has both. On Mumbo Sauce and Drumbreaks, the young artist not only creates a richly [...]