G’Town Wayne - Dope Boy (Prod. By P)
G’Town Wayne - Dope Boy (Prod. By P)
The heavily tattooed rapper pictured above is Northeast DC’s Bam Bam, a member of the badly-named group “Money Gang” who is picking up a small buzz around the city. He raps decently and appears to be cool with SB/DC1135. The song “Business Man” is captivating enough, once you can get over the stale, repetitive hook and sub-par features. Bam Bam flows well on the beat, which sounds like a hybrid of every form of Southern rap production pre-Trap, with funky guitar riffs, slower 808-style drums, and synth horns booming in the background. I would have preferred the song as a solo track, the two features don’t do much to add to “Business Man”. First off, 1135 affiliate 1600 Trey (who is still is high school) sounds like a less interesting Chief Keef with P-Wild adlibs. He manages to identify himself at least three times before starting his verse. Trey seems to prefer rapping at half-speed Keef-style, and the only time his rapping isn’t boring is when he switches his flow up; “Always lurkin’ shorty love them 30’s shout out to my n****s.” I have no idea who Hugo, the last featured rapper is… his verse is short, not very noticeable and his voice and cadence remind me of Dew Baby. ”Business Man” is by no means an excellent song but Bam Bam certainly has potential. I was just happy to hear something from “new” rappers coming out of the area that wasn’t another bad Future freestyle.
OOCHIE (SB) - TURN DOWN FOR WAT (@itzoochiebabe)
Oochie is the funniest
Alley Boy - Apartments (Video)
I’m pretty sure this video was shot last summer when Alley Boy came up to be one of the last minute acts in the cancelled Chief Keef show at Stadium. While in DC, Alley Boy came around the Morton Street in Uptown to fuck with King Shug and everyone else in 640.
Related: I’m really hope Shug gets a bigger buzz soon, in DC alone he has gotten some pretty good looks and affiliations (Alley Boy, Wale, Fat Trel Shy Glizzy among others.) He just got out after being locked up for a few months (for a probation violation) so expect to hear some new music from him soon
Boosa Da Shoota - Homicide [directed by Wrab Mell & Sheila D]
This was featured on XXL’s website yesterday.
I really didn’t know Wrab was doing it like that…
P Wild - I Can’t Trust A Soul (Prod. by YB on da Beat) Video
February 23, 2013–April 7, 2013
Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s is the first exhibition to explore the thriving underground of Washington, D.C., during the 1980s, giving visual form to the raucous energy of graffiti, Go-Go music, and a world-renowned punk and…
Whoa, missed this
New DC young kids showing one of the rarer and clearer examples of Chicago influence on rap from the District recently.
X.O. carries the torch for both Reasonable Doubt-style storytelling and Afrocentric applied anger. The best to come from Uptown does both on his Colour de Grey album coming out on the 29th. X.O. seems content making good music for the sake of good music and nothing more.
Boogie and Dolan both killed this shit. “The Day After Tomorrow” dropped back in December and I definitely heard it but it slipped through the cracks somehow. The track cranks though, this might be one of the most melodically interesting trap song I’ve ever heard, even Dolan’s tag seems to add more to the beat. That hook is killer too. Give T. Boogie some shine. Dolan Beats too, I heard he’s attached to a lot of projects in the works. I’m definitely trying to hear more from these too, preferably on the same track.
Free Crack as a whole wasn’t something I enjoyed. I think that with the number of tracks the Slutty Boyz have putting out in the past year, they have been spreading themselves too thin. I’m just glad that “Letter To Toby” is on this mixtape. It allows Meatchi to shine and sheds some light on his own past. “E St Bangaz” and “My Eyes” are good at being both catchy and introspective. “Stunt” and “I’m Bangin” are also decent street tracks, but both have horrible hooks. A common problem with past Slutty Boyz & Fat Trel mixtapes has been balance. Trap bangers are paired with auto-tuned club jams. A few storytelling tracks are thrown in for good measure. This isn’t a unique problem in rap at all but Trel seems to have better mastered putting out eclectic mixtapes. This isn’t entirely to the discredit of Meatchi though; he just should give future projects more direction.
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Meatchi - Letter To Toby (Snippet)
Before #FreeCrack got pushed back, it seemed like it was going to be in the vein of auto-tuned sex and molly raps that SB helped pioneer. “Letter To Toby” is obviously very different from that.
Shy Glizzy - Fxck Rap (Mixtape, 2012)
New tape from the last young rapper to rap like he cares.
Featuring Trinidad James and Wale. And yes it hurt to type that last sentence. Fuck rap.
Judah goes Dilla to pay tribute to a friend. RIP Kleph