The Richmond scene continues to flourish as various artists release new content and put the capital of Virginia on the map. Many often times forget about the budding city when thinking of the DMV music scene but it is jam packed with talented creatives who help the scene thrive. One up-and-comer who recently came onto my radar is artist and producer Tee Rxmeo. The former jazz pianist recently dropped a captivating self-produced offering entitled "Living For."
Baltimore upstart Black Zheep DZ continues to impress with his recent release of a slew of content. His latest offering comes in the form of the T Zhang directed visual for 8th World standout "Ice Hot." The visual perfectly complements the haunting production of Rvdical the Kid and witty wordplay from Zheep.
New York City beat wizard Falside continues to improve on his extensive discography with yet another instrumental project entitled "Duevt." With the cold clutches of winter grabbing at our coattails Falside warms things up with a sample-laden project that upon listening feels all so familiar. It brings comfort to the listener like a warm bowl of soup when you're sick or a cold glass of water and four Advil after a night of debauchery.
It's a DMV affair as Maryland upstart recruits Phil Ade and Drew Love for his latest release "Miseducated." The old school boom-bap nature of the Esta-produced record works perfectly for Ezko and Ade as they effortlessly flow throughout. The two prove why they are regarded as two of the more promising artists from the greater Metropolitan area.
Introducing Thestand4rd. The captivating quartet consists of Spooky Black, Allan Kingdom, Bobby Raps, and Psymun. As individuals they has vastly different styles of music and are at different points in their careers. Spooky Black took the industry by storm with his hypnotic style of R&B and his affinity for du-rags. Allan Kingdom also shares a successful musical career and has garnered fans near and far with his captivating content. While Bobby Raps and Psymun work to become household names the group comes together as a cohesive unit that will be sure to help build a name for all four.
They recently released an 11-track self-titled album that will surely help garner fans for them as a unit and as independent artists. One record that stood out was the haunting "Vital Signs." The synth-laden offering is upbeat and is hard not to grove to. Listeners are then confronted by an ominous set of vocals that serve as your guide.
Maryland up-and-comer Ace Cosgrove continues to impress. His latest project UsvsRobots cycled through the blogosphere receiving positive reviews from all who pressed play. One standout record, "Golden Chills", recently received a complementary visual offering. Watch as Cosgrove poetically flows throughout the refreshing vocal-laden offering.
It's a Virginia connection as Swolf and Jetty Shad come together for a raucous new offering entitled "The Real." The Chachi produced offering receives a perfectly complementary visual treatment from Helena Banks. The ominous nature of the video works well with the haunting feel of the production and comes just in time for Halloween. Be on the lookout for Swolf's forthcoming project New Vegas which is set to drop later this month.
Los Angeles representative DPL finds himself struggling with the "Double Life" he has been living lately. He looks back on love lost due to his busy lifestyle of creating music, maintaining a social life in the City of Angels all while helping put on his collective Double Life, which consists of photographers, graphic designers, videographers and various other creative. DPL effortlessly mixes elements of R&B and hip hop as he flows throughout the refreshing new effort. This will be featured on his forthcoming project Double Life which he is currently hard at work at.