Winter Fresh Releases
Let's be honest, 2012 was a down year for D.C. hip-hop. There were many decent local rap releases to choose from, but not many stellar ones. Oddisee's People Hear What They See was certainly the best of the bunch, but he lives in New York now, so can we still call him "local?"
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Winter Fresh Releases
yU is the working man's MC: He's always humble and honest, detailing his own struggles with conversational rhymes that relate to listeners. There isn't much fluff, either.
On his recent album, the EARN, the Suitland, Md., native chastises monetary excess without belaboring the point; instead, he's content with his existence—a comfortable home, a few dollars in [...]
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 [...]
The last we heard from Lyriciss, he was rapping fervently about the effects of capitalism. It was an overcooked motif in hip-hop, but the city's most improved MC—according to us—provided his own take with gritty tales of street hustle and perseverance.
Released today, "My Life" makes good use of a Mary J. Blige sample flipped by [...]
MF DOOM has always been tough to characterize. On the surface, the London-born, Long Island-based MC is downright unorthodox: Much like the comic book villains he emulates, DOOM wears a metal mask at all times and tends to recede from the public eye. On the mic, he's equally eccentric, often combining disparate thoughts into one [...]
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 [...]
Slow news day, slow news day. But there are a few musical goodies circulating that are pegged to Martin Luther King Day. On Friday, I mentioned that local producer Jon Kwest released the moombahton edit "Drum Major," which applies some 108 bpm to King's haunting "Drum Major Instinct" sermon.
D.C. rapper yU included the empowerment jam [...]
Once upon a time, rapping in D.C. wasn't so cool. In the 1990s, long before artists like Wale and Tabi Bonney put D.C. hip-hop on a national stage, local MCs couldn't spit a rhyme without being deemed a New York wanna-be.
Instead, aspiring rappers not named Asheru, Head-Roc, or Black Indian spit their rhymes alongside prominent go-go bands [...]
I didn't realize how great a year it's been for music in D.C. until I started compiling this list. While I didn't hear many landmark, career-defining albums in 2011, there were a ton of great songs from both young and veteran artists. Whatever D.C.'s reputation, there's a healthy community of smart, ambitious musicmakers in this [...]