Our One Track Mind feature–a brief but in-depth look at the process behind a single song—is one of our favorite ways to keep up with D.C.'s musical output. In 2010, we published 45 of them. Looking back, we—shocker!—picked up lots of rock tracks in 2010, with hip-hop coming in second place. There was also scattered [...]
Posts Tagged ‘XO’
Last Friday morning, D.C. music veteran Kokayi seemed elated to break the news: "yo @oddisee @yuthe78er @uptownxo did y'all know your album is on the Grammy pre-nom list? for Best album..congrats!" he typed on Twitter. By that night, Oddisee, yU, and X.O.—collectively known as The Diamond District—all reacted differently on their respective accounts.
Oddisee, the group's [...]
I don't pretend to understand anything algorithmic, so I can't really vouch for Next Big Sound, whose M.O. is "Music Meets Math." According to its breakdown of South by Southwest, the fourth most buzzed-about artist during the festival was Oddisee, the D.C. beatmaker and member of hip-hop trio Diamond District.
Oddisee's not bragging yet: His blog's [...]
This week, haterate spewed everywhere. The dudes behind Fan Death Records aren't impressed with D.C.'s music—and they named names. Check out what they had to say, and the 100-plus comments—angry, amused, confused—that followed:
Fan Death Records to D.C. Bands: "Stop Sucking"
Twitter Adds Local Trending; D.C. Tweeting Skews Scatological
Arts Roundup: Michelle Rhee at Sundance Edition
New Songs for [...]
Louder Than Qualms: At 9:30 Benefit for Wyclef Jean’s Haiti Charity, Artists and Audience Focus on the Positive
Last week, Tabi Bonney got a request to perform at a benefit concert for the victims of the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake, to be held at the 9:30 Club. It was an easy decision for the local rapper. “I just got a call & agreed to perform for the people of Haiti brother,” wrote Bonney [...]
The organizers of tonight's 9:30 Club benefit for victims of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti say they still plan to donate half of the evening's proceeds to Yéle Haiti, a nongovernmental organization founded by the Haitian-born performer Wyclef Jean.
Yéle came under fire over the weekend after the Smoking Gun reported that the organization's tax [...]
This just in: Wale, Tabi Bonney, XO, Phil Adé, Kingpen Slim, and a number of other area rappers will perform at 9:30 Club on Monday to raise money for Haiti relief efforts. All proceeds will go the Partners in Health Organization and Yéle Haiti, the charity founded by Wyclef Jean. Tickets went on sale... about [...]
Boozing Along to Contra: The Vampire Weekend Drinking Game!
Teddy Afro, Ethiopia's Bob Marley, at the Armory Saturday
Arts Roundup: Are Vampire Weekend Jerks? Edition
New Songs for 2010: Free Music from Wale, XO, and Future Times
Critical Appreciation: Robert H. Smith, Arts Patron
D.C. has never had a dearth of hip-hop talent—only hip-hop identity. One. One. Ten., the new album from X.O., doesn't exactly stake out a new DMV aesthetic, but its subtleties and strengths makes it a compelling statement from the young rapper. In his review in this week's City Paper, Andrew Noz writes:
One. One. Ten, his [...]
Quickly, a few goodies for the first day of 2010:
Rapper XO dropped his new album, One. One. Ten., today, and he's posted a digital version that you can download for free. Check back here next week for our review. The album's release party is tonight at K Street Lounge.
Wale has a new remix of "Pretty [...]