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Podcast for June 22nd, 2017


Tony recounts his high-flying weekend at the Firely music festival, while Paul kicks back and eats a muffin.

Tracklisting:
Loi Loi – 1985 [single]
Bencoolen – Spotlight [single]
Uptown XO – Spirit That Never Dies [4pac “The Spook that sat by the booth”]
Bacchae – Cursed Life [Down the Drain]
Lisa Said – Some Dudes [Estranged]
The Hunted Hare – Malleus [Nothing Is Always]

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Uptown XO – Who video

The Arlington-based vinyl label Cricket Cemetery originally focused on punk releases, but I’m pleased that Ian Thompson’s musical tastes and ambitions are broad. DC rapper and Diamond District member Uptown XO is the latest to get the deluxe vinyl reissue treatment, surprisingly for his 2008 mixtape Takeover 2. To hype the summer release, limited to only 100 precious copies [cough cough PREORDER], the lyrically boastful track “Who” gets the music video treatment from Blakk House Films.

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Uptown XO – Finding My Way video

Yesterday hip-hop label Mello Music Group dropped a new video for Finding My Way (FREE download!) from Uptown XO‘s newest album Colour de Grey. Lazlo, the video’s director, offers this statement:

“The video for “Finding My Way” takes cues from the boom bap style production of the track and imagines Uptown XO as two sides of the same young man, coming of age during the mid-nineties in Washington D.C. During the first verse XO takes on the persona of a street minded hustler, spending time in alleyways, shady housing, and rooftops. While for the second verse he portrays the role of a government insider, working to enact change through the political system on Capitol Hill. These twin lifestyles echo the flip side of the same mindset, much like the dichotomy of the District itself.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Stay cool out there DC, both sides of you.

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Uptown XO – Everyday video

DMV rapper Uptown XO has produced a lengthy list of music videos, so it’s understandable the smooth lyricist would take a break and hand the reins over to Creative Junkfood for a unique animated take on his new single Everyday. The words veer into NSFW territory right off the bat, but what do you expect from DC rap? Put your headphones on! Cop the new full length Colour de Grey on Mello Music Group ASAP.

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Uptown XO – Needs & Wants video

Hardworking hip hop label Mello Music Group rolls out another video in support of Uptown XO‘s latest commercial full length release Colour de Grey. This video deals directly with the difficulties of maintaining a committed relationship and the dangers of smartphones. XO’s group Secret Society Films turns in a quality video, the start of many for select DMV rappers.

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Uptown XO – Evolution video

Having the support of a quality label like Mello Music Group behind him allows Uptown XO to create quite a lot of top notch music videos. His latest is Evolution, allowing frequent producer AB the Pro to step up to the mic. Grab the new album Colour de Grey now!

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Uptown XO – Spread Love video

After all the videos rapper Uptown XO released from his mixtape The Color Grey, now it’s time for the visuals to accompany his commercial album Colour de Grey from Mello Music Group. First up is Spread Love, featuring trademark rapid-fire vocal delivery over tight production by AB the Pro. The crisp footage of driving around DC was shot by Jay Gregory.

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Uptown XO – Flowers video

Rapper Uptown XO has released a barrage of music videos over the last few months for his free mixtape The Color Grey. His commercial album Colour de Grey drops January 29th on the Mello Music Group, and the first video from it premiered last week. Flowers deals with the hardships of growing up rough in DC. To support this hard working and authentic performer, pre-order the album now!

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Uptown XO – Rugged video

Hometown Sounds is back from winter vacation, refreshed and ready to bring you the best new DC music in 2013. While we were away gorging on Christmas cookies, DC rapper Uptown XO released another music video from his mixtape The Color Grey, a precursor to the full length album Colour de Grey dropping January 29th on Mello Music Group. Rugged features fellow DMV rappers Awthentik and Obii Say spitting rhymes in some truly rugged parts of DC.

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Uptown XO – Petey Greene video

DMV rapper Uptown XO is on a roll releasing videos hyping his new mixtape The Color Grey which drops on October 1st from Mello Music Group. His fourth video in the past month pays tribute to legendary DC radio and TV personality Petey Greene, portrayed by Don Cheadle in the 2007 film Talk To Me, and channels his passion and anger at black history into fiery anti-government rhymes that flow seamlessly. Grab this mixtape when it comes out next Monday.

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