Artists across the DMV and Baltimore are championing a new creative renaissance, and the music is going beyond the mid-Atlantic. Below, you can stream some of my favorite projects that have been released in the past month. What did I miss? Shoot me a line at electricllamamedia[at]gmail[dotcom].
^ 3lON’s spaced-out R&B debut “Ronin” finally arrived on Schwarz’s Nina Pop Records. The self-produced album features his hypnotic harmonies with co-production by Schwarz himself, Lain, and Galaxy Boyz brother Alienood420.
^ JPEGMAFIA’s double-sided project “Black Ben Carson” is a sharp sword slicing through butter-soft hyper-liberalism, hypocritical media and the political circus. He tells Noisey that “his album is for my niggas, Not the globally privileged. Because the privileged need their feathers ruffled, and my ability to ruffle feathers is second to none.”
^ Kool Klux Klan’s SIR E.U dropped his latest project “We Back,” which also happens to be his mantra for himself and his cohorts. Inexplicably, the project’s only described as “We Back by We Back For We Back, while the sole feature comes from Denis Haze. E.U’s ear for beats is second to none, and his ability to weave personal stories with pop culture references will please longtime fans and new listeners alike.
^ RADBOD’s self-titled debut EP is based on womyn empowerment. The project is inspired by 90’s and early 2000’s hip-hop, with heavy doses of feminism and explicit rhymes.
^ DAFT! Clothing’s second project is the “Yo DAFT! Raps” mixtape, featuring some of the area’s best talent including a gem from Baltimore’s 7uca.