On our latest podcast, we're turning over our mics to Marcus K. Dowling as he explores the intersection of hip-hop and country with R-Son and Rench of Gangstagrass. It's a (mostly) Kevin-free conversation that you're not gonna want to miss.
Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling and diverse art in the world. Built on the legacy of jazz and go-go, D.C. is on the cusp of a creative explosion and bringing everything from hip-hop to indie rock into the fold.
In part two of our Sounds of Washington, DC series, we're joined by the duo April + Vista, one of the city's rising stars, to explore a little bit of the history of "Chocolate City", some of the music that made the nation's capital such a fertile landscape for African-American musicians to thrive in, and how economic shifts and gentrification have changed things for that tradition, maybe for good.
Mix a little of that Butterfly with some Noname, hit it with a dose of really real, and let that platter spin.
Why You Should Care:
On the title track of her new EP Channel Yo Mojo, 23-year-old rapper Odd Mojo filters the cosmic vibe of 90's hip-hop legends Digable Planets through a ground level litany of anxieties, hopes, and aspirations resulting in a jam that feels as all-encompassing as it does intimate.
Armed with an ultra-smooth flow and razor-sharp insight, this DC native is coming up fast on the underground hip-hop scene in the nation's Capitol. Hopefully, we'll hear (much) more from her before the year is out.
Kendrick Lamar may well be the "best rapper alive" but beyond all the hype, he's an artist who wears his vulnerability on his sleeve. On DAMN., his follow-up-proper to 2015's landmark LP To Pimp A Butterfly, the Compton native takes listener on a journey through his often tortured psyche, the community he comes from, and what it means to have faith in faithless times.
Come hang with Kevin, Marcus Dowling (Decades, Bandcamp), Ian Taronji (The Lucky So & So's), and Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor, Bandcamp) as we dive deep into this complex statement from one of today's biggest, and most important stars.
PLUS! We've got your first taste of the DC-based cosmic collective Nag Champa's upcoming EP for you to sink your MIND into. Buy the ticket. Take the ride...
Lin Manuel Miranda's acclaimed musical Hamilton isn't just one of the most successful musicals of all time, it's one of the most important works of art of the 21st Century.
Join us as we dive deep into this new take on a modern masterpiece that is as much a celebration of modern hip-hop and pop music as it is a reaffirmation of the powerful and essential message of it's source material.
It's been eighteen years since A Tribe Called Quest released an album, but on their latest, and last, LP We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, the hip-hop legend's have delivered not just one of 2016's best, but a career defining masterpiece more than worthy of their legacy.
PLUS: Victor Perry makes indie-soul out of his closet in Atlanta, Georgia because DIY. We've got a track from this up-and-coming vocalist for you see how that works out for ya.