The D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, affectionately known as the "DMV", music scene continues to grow. Various artists, producers and other creatives continue to put out quality work and slowly but surely garner recognition not only locally but nationally. The latest artist to step up and display his talents is Virginia's Swolf. The up-and-coming artist recently dropped off two captivating records in "Be Cool", in which he rocks over Master P's "Bout It", and the Kid Cudi-sampled "What You Want." Neither of these will be featured on his forthcoming project New Vegas but serve as a proper introduction and showcase what to expect from future releases.
It's been awhile since we have heard anything new from Billy Chambers, who has been relatively quite since dropping Going Crazy back in May. The 18-year-old channels his inner Childish Gambino as he sing raps throughout the Galimatias produced record. "Gold" is full of good vibes and brings back summer nostalgia as we head into the brisk fall that the DMV area has to offer.
OG Maco has a certified hit on his hands with the minimalistic "U Guessed It." The Brandon Thomas banger gets the remix treatment as fellow Atlanta brethren 2 Chainz adds a verse. Are you like me and cannot stop listening to this popular record? "Bitch U Guessed It!"
Bipolar Sunshine continues to craft a soulful style that comes as a breath of fresh air. The UK musician continues his highly successful 2014 campaign as he recruits upstart rapper GoldLink, who is having arguably having an even more successful year, for his latest release. "Future (Part 1)" serves as the latest release off Bipolar Sunshine's forthcoming debut album.
The steady synth-laden record provides a perfect backdrop for GoldLink's sporadic flow and Bipolar Sunshine's sensual crooning. I can imagine this getting an ample amount of plays this coming weekend in dimly lit bars and clubs throughout the world. I brought it back four times and couldn't stop grooving by myself in my room.
Malike Ferraud recruits Two-9 representative Curtis Williams to assist on his latest release "2 Times." The Baltimore up-and-comer and Atlanta upstart trade rhymes over the refreshing Black Diamond production which features an early Jay Z sample that works perfectly with the upbeat nature of the record. This will not be featured on Ferraud's forthcoming project, but serves as a pleasant reminder that he is here to stay and has what it takes to make some noise in the hyper-competitive world that is the hip hop industry.
Upon the release of his well received project Infinite Tokyo Trendz has been relatively quite, that is until today. The Virginia up-and-comer dropped a perfectly complementary visual for standout track "Next2U." The upbeat nature of the record receives a sporadic visual treatment that features a slew of captivating effects that will catch your attention and draw you in. You are here for the fun nature of the video but stay for the smooth stylings of Tokyo Trendz who effortlessly harmonizes and flows throughout.
Seattle’s Nacho Picasso is one of the more promising artists coming out of the Northwest. A Bandcamp legend and frequent collaborator with production duo Blue Sky Black Death, Picasso has one of the more unique style’s in the oversaturated market that is in the hip hop industry. From his drug and sex-laden rhymes to his quirky movie references which often include cult classics such as Pee-Wee Herman.
Picasso has been hard at work dropping several captivating projects and singles over the past few years. He has garnered a passionate fan base that can’t seem to get enough Nacho! His latest venture comes in the form of a power move to Harry Fraud’s SRFSCHL label, which also includes some promising New Yorker’s in Adrian Lau, Eddie B, and The Kid Daytona. Nacho Picasso’s first release under the New York-based label comes in the form of the Harry Fraud produced “In The Trump” which feels as if it’s from an 80s action flick. I can see Nacho rapping as he slides across the front of his cop car only to blow a line before starting the car up and burning rubber on the way to go catch some bad guys.
Nas has been busy as of late between jumping on the remix to Wiz Khalifa's summer smash "We Dem Boyz" and addressing Your Old Droog rumors. His latest appearance comes as he joins ScHoolboy Q on his sensual BJ The Chicago Kid assisted single "Studio." Listen as Nas ponders and informs his fan base of his current status, "Finished up my new album. Single bout to be droppin. Last album on Def Jam and I got so many options."