District native Rashad Stark is on a "Mission" as he continues to develop his high energy sound and garner fans. His latest release picks up where his last left off as he recruits fellow DMV representative Mike of Doom to rock over a raucous self-produced record. This serves as the last release off Stark's highly anticipated forthcoming project Mark My Words which is set to drop soon. Listen as Stark effortlessly displays his sporadic flow over the upbeat production.
Russ has been releasing songs constantly over the past few months. However, "Too Many" may be my favorite to date. The self-produced song features Russ addressing his issues with lackluster artists as well the confidence he has in his himself. With infectious piano-driven production and Russ' catchy melodies, you simply can't listen to this track "too many" times. If somebody hits up Drizzy and gets us a remix, we could have the song of the summer. Until then, let loose and turn this one ALL the way up.
The entire DMV area continues to grow as a scene and arguably produces more talented creatives than anywhere in the country. Virginia seems to lead the charge with experimental offerings that push the letter when it comes to creativity. From top to bottom the Commonwealth has a drastically different sound, which can not simply be summed up. It's a beautiful time to be a Virginia-based creative as the state is full of them interacting on a daily basis. One talented musician who came to my attention recently is tylerWRIGHTEOUS who effortlessly transitions between harmonizing and rapping on his latest release "No Relation." The self-produced offering is quite entertaining and serves as a perfect introduction to tyler and his unique sound. This will be featured on his forthcoming project nimbus, which is set to drop this fall. Hat tip to the good folks over at Artistic Manifesto on the premiere.
Bands come together and bands breakup. Musicians grow and branch out to different avenues to voice their creativity. This is life within the creative world. 28-year-old Kristina Reznikov left successful D.C. outfit Drop Electric and began making music on her own under the moniker Cruzie Beaux. We are sure glad she did as she experiments and pushes the boundary of her creativity on her latest release. "Mrs. Dick Van Dike" is a hypnotic offering that you can't help but vibe along with. The steady drum pattern guide us as we encounter sporadic crooning from Cruzie Beaux which further directs us throughout. This is a hell of a first solo debut and we cannot wait to hear more.
Dr. Millionaire is much more than just a "Nigga From Maine." He is a budding upstart artist currently residing in Richmond, Virginia. His latest release comes in the form of a powerful autobiographical offering, which Doc effortlessly flows throughout the soulful Conrizzle-produced record. At times he felt as if he was "born to fail" but years of hard work and weed smoke have helped him overcome many tough situations as he slowly begins to be recognized as one of the more promising artists from the capital of the Commonwealth. Press play and take a journey down south as we see Dr. Millionaire not only grow as a person but as a musician.
Atlanta upstart duo and Two-9 affiliates FatKidsBrotha continue to impress with their laid-back trap-inspired music. Their latest release comes in the form of the hypnotically upbeat "Money" which features fellow Atlanta natives Key! and Jace. The hardworking duo is currently prepping a new project and will be releasing a new visual for "My Dawgs" Jun. 23.
They say the only constants in life are death and taxes. South Atlanta representative Jeremy Chine knows this all too well. He's lost friends over the years and hesitantly admits at the end of the day "All I Got" is the Benjamins. You can hear the pain and emotion in Chine's voice as he rocks over the captivating production from Quistix. It sounds as if he is not necessarily happy with money and success but it proves to be a worthy medicine to dull the pain of loss.
The good people over at Pigeons and Planes recently premiered the latest release from Maryland up-and-comer Miles Meraki. "Hwudor" is a beautifully minimalistic love ballad, with a perfectly complementary visual accompaniment. Meraki croons over the whimsical production and the result is a captivating piece and a further depiction of the rising talent from the greater DMV music scene. Meraki is one of the more talented and creative artist/producer so keep an eye out for more.