Look, summer jams are a thing. A stupid thing, maybe; a "bullshit media construct," as Esquire (rightly) put it last year. But summer is also a construct. It’s a state of mind—a drunken one fed by U Street Tacos and lowbrow bangers. People do dumb things in the summer, like wear brown flip-flops and set [...]
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Standout Track: No. 11, “Body Rock,” an eight-minute slow burner that sounds borrowed from Prince’s sex-ballad songbook. Over light piano and drum taps, Sy Smith gently coos, “I don’t need another love, you make my body rock.” It’s the final track on Lorenzo “Zo!” Ferguson’s new album, ManMade, which finds the Silver Spring composer experimenting [...]
It was just three weeks ago that Kokayi released Pro Deo et Patria, a lively set of bouncy electro-pop on which the Northeast resident bemoaned racial injustice and police helicopters, among other things.
Released late Thursday, Kokayi's "Four Four" is a creeping rock ballad featuring a couple notable names in D.C. music: Zo! (a frequent collaborator [...]
In this era of flashy skinny-jean music, someone like Silver Spring's Zo! could get lost in the shuffle: His brand of glossy soul music is more suited for aging two-steppers than bright-eyed adolescents. There are no explicit sexual references. No one's smoking weed, popping bottles, or getting killed.
The Detroit native is the opposite, opting for [...]
As 2010 comes to a close, members and observers of the D.C. hip-hop scene are debating who's the hottest MC, and whether or not we have a great one. The year also saw a seemingly endless stream of mixtapes—from D.C. Don Juan and UCB, to Kingpen Slim and Raheem DeVaughn. In 2011, listeners should expect [...]
Gentlemen, raise your hands if you've been here: You meet "the one," that woman who you just know is the best thing you've ever encountered. Then, you embark on what promises to be an astonishing love affair of deep infatuation and refreshing spontaneity.
But soon you analyze the relationship and aren't thrilled with what's there, and you're [...]
There's a moment near the end of the martial-arts film The Last Dragon in which the protagonist Bruce Leroy realizes he has "the power," an unmistakable, self-actualizing glow that enables him to conquer obstacles (and catch a bullet in his teeth). Lorenzo Ferguson, a Silver Spring-based producer, is basking in his own Leroy-style aura. Here's [...]