Category Archives: video

Kingpen Slim – Drug Dealers Anonymous

While fans of niche streaming service Tidal heavily hyped the Jay-Z featuring lead-off single “Drug Dealers Anonymous” from Pusha T’s new album, DC rapper Kingpen Slim took the beat from DJ Dahi and spun his own tale of coming up on the streets. If you missed Slim’s secret video screening last week at Blind Whino, check out the visuals below, and grab the track while you can from SoundCloud.

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Stephen Redhead – Cap Heights

Aw yeah, Redhead is back! We’ve been fans of bespectacled rapper Stephen Redhead from PG County since 2012, though the wait for his debut album Exxxactly grows long. He recently released a new single “Cap Heights”, produced by Nature Boi, as an exclusive for his friends on Apple Music. Now the music video, from House Studio & Kimshimwon’s $5 Music Video series, can make him some new friends and fans everywhere as he warmly welcomes us to his home town.

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Carolyn Malachi – Blowing Smoke

When you’re totally independent and a perfectionist, music can take its sweet time getting from concept to listeners’ ears. But release day is always a triumph, and DC Grammy chapter member Carolyn Malachi is celebrating today with the release of her new EP Chapter 1: Where You Are. These four songs precede an album Rise [Story 1] which Malachi envisions as the first in a trilogy, showing how much work she’s done in the 3 years since her previous album. The jazzy R&B singer just released this gorgeous music video for “Blowing Smoke”, showing her love of community and DC’s indigenous hand dancing. Don’t miss WAMU Bandwidth’s interview with Malachi today for the surprising story of how she hooked up with her current band!

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SmCity – MIA feat. Maimouna Youssef

DC rapper SmCity continues to ride the wave from his fiercely independent full length album Empire Falls from December 2014. His most recent EP The Preamble features selected cuts from the album, and now we have this slick music video for “MIA” featuring Maimouna Youssef on vocals and production from Atlanta’s DJ Toomp. Just makes me excited for what Sm’s gonna drop on us next!

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Cecily – Real Love

Sweet chanteuse Cecily recently released her first music video for “Real Love”, a single from her 2015 self-titled EP. Describing the concept of the video, Cecily writes “I believe that real love, with no ego, is a revolutionary act. In today’s world, wealth and possessions are glorified and almost made holy by mainstream media. In this video, I wanted to show two people realizing that grandeur and material desires are inconsequential compared to their love of each other.” See Cecily open for touring pop soul act Lawrence at SongByrd tonight in Adams Morgan.

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Goldlink – Palm Trees / Late Night

Smooth R&B styled rapper Goldlink just dropped new visuals for a pair of songs, “Palm Trees / Late Night”, from last year’s epic album And After That, We Didn’t Talk. Featuring LA’s Maségo and obviously shot there, the video immediately reveals the fate of the main character in the first few frames, then takes us through a slo-mo, dreamy ride of the preceeding events. The narrative is compelling but resolution is elusive. Of course Goldlink is playing at this year’s Trillectro on Saturday August 27th, so you’d best not miss it.

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Chain & The Gang – Experimental Music

Sardonic provocateur Ian Svenonious’s band Chain & The Gang is back with their first new music video in two years, in advance of their summer tour with Black Lips. “Experimental Music” sees the wizened sage of rock and roll proclaiming his love of the titular and inaccessible genre, even though its musical style is straight out of 60s pop staples. The video depicts a cloaked and hooded figure drowning in power and audio cords as he fiddles with knobs and affixes duct tape to an old keyboard. I think the message is pretty clear, don’t you? The tour skips DC, but you know they’ll play here soon.

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Head-Roc – Write My Life feat. Noyeek

The most important thing for rappers is to “keep it real”, but often that involves keeping up macho fictions about the toughness of street life that appeal to fans. Head-Roc, appointed Mayor of DC Hip-Hop through his long tenure of seniority, gets down to the real truth on his new single “Write My Life” featuring fellow DMV rapper Noyeek the Grizzy Bear. Roc often performs live with his funk ensemble Godisheus, but you get a full unfiltered dose of truth on his brand new solo album The Black Leon Project, featuring sly production from DC’s own Black Ink. Catch Head-Roc’s thunderous live set this Sunday afternoon at the (Up)Rising Festival on Rhode Island Avenue NE.

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Lightshow – Racks in my Safe

DMV rapper Lightshow‘s new video “Racks in my Safe” sounds at first listen like a light & smooth summertime jam, but the lyrics reveal dark turns through his street-level life. The song comes from the sixth installment of Lightshow’s mixtape series Yellow Tape and White Chalk, which dropped on Spinrilla this past April.

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The Jonny Cohen Love Machine – Let’s Pretend

Newcomers to DC might not know our city’s long association with Unrest frontman Mark Robinson’s quirky independent label Teenbeat Records. While Dischord supported the aggressive, angular music in the 90s and 00s, Teenbeat’s indie rock bands always had an air of whimsy and awkward coolness. Though Robinson left DC for Boston back in 2000, some DC area bands still call Teenbeat home, including the supremely offbeat Jonny Cohen Love Machine. Absent from recording for a full 20 years, Cohen reassembled his full band for a new album called A Quiet Reminder which came out earlier this year. Cohen’s musical delivery is unlike any other, and his storytelling has a folksy frankness that utterly captures your heart. Robinson himself directed Teenbeat Release #557, the music video for the melancholy ballad “Let’s Pretend”. Your next chance to experience The Love Machine is Friday June 17th opening for The Taildraggers at vintage Rockville dive bar Hank Dietle’s Tavern.

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