Hip Hop/Rap

Nas will be in D.C. March 27 for a conversation with Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson – a day before his two Performances at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Can’t Make the Nas Concert This Weekend? Catch His ‘Illmatic’ Conversation Live on March 27

March 25, 2014

Nas’ upcoming concert at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts sold out months before the March 28 show, but fans shouldn’t fret too much. The Kennedy Center added another show on March 29 and Georgetown University will present a conversation between the Brooklyn rap icon and renowned author and scholar Michael Eric Dyson on March 27.


Music Mix of the Week: Awthentik

Sept. 4, 2012

Local emcee and produce Awthentik is checking people on their “Proper Priorities” in this week’s Music Mix of the Week.

Music Mix of the Week: Substantial

Aug. 20, 2012

“Check My Resume” is just one of the tracks on DMV rapper Substantial‘s latest album Home Is Where the Art Is.

Shaolin Jazz Project Blends Art and Music, Wu-Tang and Jazz

Aug. 15, 2012

DJ 2-Tone Jones and Gerald Watson breathed life into a project last year that blends the rap of Wu-Tang Clan with modern jazz.

Music Mix of the Week: Maimouna Youssef

Aug. 13, 2012

Local D.C. emcee Maimouna Youssef, a.k.a Mumu Fresh, released her video today for “Meet Me In Brazil,” or “O Encontro No Brasil,” from her album, The Blooming – released last fall.

Music Mix of the Week: Incwell

Aug. 6, 2012

This week’s Music Mix is an ode to the 1980s. D.C. emcee Incwell released his Colinco Visions album this summer with songs featuring 1980s samples mixed with hip-hop beats.

Local Artists Pay Tribute to J Dilla With Robert Glasper, Noted Detroit Artists

July 14, 2012

More than 15 local artists joined jazz musician Robert Glasper and revered rappers from Detroit’s underground scene in paying tribute to late producer James DeWitt “J Dilla” Yancey on July 14 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring.

Music Mix of the Week: Javier Starks Featuring B. Steady

July 16, 2012

This week’s track is an old one, but it’s one of the songs featured on local MC Javier Stark‘s Faces of Change album that was released earlier this year. Starks and another local MC B. Steady from the Lost Bois play a lyrical back-and-forth over Eugene McDaniels’ 1960s classic “Compared to What.”

Music Mix of the Week: The Other Guys

June 11, 2012

Mighty Joe and Isaiah Insanate Mensah make up the alternative hip-hop group The Other Guys. “Fearless” is from their latest album, Joe & Insanate’s Excellent LP, released in April.

Hadag Nahash Kick Off The Washington Jewish Music Festival

 May 18, 2012
The Washington Jewish Music Festival kicked off with an incredible performance by hip-hop/funk band Hadag Nahash at the Fillmore in Silver Spring.  One of Israel’s most successful bands, Hadag Nahash returned to the states and their home-away-from-home here in the District.

Q&A: Lyricist Maimouna Youssef Talks Being Back on D.C. Scene

April 24, 2012

Maimouna Youssef sits down with DC Music Live to talk about returning to the D.C. music scene, making “honest” music and what continues to inspire her.

Music Mix of the Week: DretheGypC

April 23, 2012

Local rapper DretheGypC has released a new video from his Loyal 2a Fault mixtape, scheduled for a July 4 release. The indie rapper describes why once listeners hear D.C. rap they’ll “Neva Go Back.”

Review: The Roots Turn Up Heat With Funk, Soul, Rock and Hip Hop

April 16, 2012

Philadelphia’s own “Legendary Roots Crew” turned out the historic Howard Theatre during its first of two performances in the District on April 15 and 16.

Yasiin Bey and The Roots Round Out Opening Week at The Howard

April 13, 2012

The Howard Theatre kicked off its opening week with a show by D.C. rapper Wale and will close out the week with performances by Yasiin Bey and The Roots this weekend.

The Weeknd Hits Up D.C.

April 12, 2012

The Weeknd will grace the stages of 9:30 Club for a rare live performance on April 26.

Music Mix of the Week: Gods’illa featuring Sean Price

April 9, 2012

Saviours & Punishers is a bonus track on D.C. rap group Gods’illa’s latest album,CPR: The Blend Tape.

Chess-Themed Show Features Local Hip-Hop Artists

April 7, 2012

Grammy-nominated vocalist Maimouna Youssef, whose latest single, “I Got A Man” and rap trio Gods’illa are among the local hip-hop artists featured in the chess-themed Clash of the Kings concert on April 20.

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