Badio – Kiss the Sky.
April 26, 2010

Badio – Kiss the Sky (Prod. by TrakGirl). Download HERE.

We’re going to be 100% with you and admit the fact that we have NO IDEA who Badio (pronounced “bad-e-oh”) is.

Hold on, hold on. We’re not done.

Allow us to be 1,000% with you and promise the fact that when we find out more … we’re all about to have a new favorite rapper. It’s incredible how you can point out a future star within 20 seconds of first hearing a song.

Hailing from Woodbridge, VA, it looks like Badio is currently running the books over at the University of Arizona. The young artist’s MySpace reads:

I’m addicted to success, I drink 40s. I like jockey boxer-briefs and V-necks and I’d die if I wasn’t making music.

Sounds like we’re going to get along just fine.

Get excited, Badio. We’re about to make you famous.

Then again …

You should know this by now.


Marky- Nothing is 43ver (Mini-Album).
April 3, 2009


Welcome to Markyland.

Let us introduce you to 19-year old Washington D.C. native Marcus “Marky” Plater and his newest project, an 11 track “mini-album,” Nothing is 43ver. Download it HERE.

Despite the drug and gang violence that surrounded him growing up in Northeast DC, Marky kept to himself and by-passed the street life for something more real.  Rapping since the age of 13, his dedication paid off when his rhymes attracted the attention of Studio 43 CEO Kenny Burns, who signed him and told him:

I’m gonna put you in the studio with and see what we can come up with.

Nothing is 43ver showcases Marky as a visionary storyteller whose songs are inspired by true-life hardships that resonate a number of different messages.  As a product of the nation’s capital, he has the edge and the street cred to reach out to the hip-hip purist and thug, the surburbs and the streets all … at once.  In their review of the album, Illvibes says:

In a time where mixtapes drop every minute and every hour of the day … Marky is offering something different, a mini-album. In a time where songs are crafted on a formulaic basis … Marky is offering something different: his heart on every track.

With more and more artists from the DMV creating a buzz and gaining national attention, Marky holds it down and accentuates a point we here at KTBN have been trying to press:  2009 is the year of the District, so DMV, stand up!  Try out some Marky below and hit the jump for the album cover, tracklist, and more.

Once again, welcome to Markyland.

Marky- City on My Back (prod. by AB the Producer)


G5 Clive- A Bathing Tape (Mixtape) x Interview.
March 29, 2009


We all know the Bathing Ape clothing line and the high-priced style that comes along with it.  But what is the hell is A Bathing Tape?

Well, it’s the latest mixtape from the 21- year old Uptown DC rapper G5 Clive who has been involved with music since the ripe young age of 8, and recording his own material for the past three years.  We had a little Q & A session  with the Uptown DC native about his career, DC music, and his newest mixtape (download it HERE) and follow the jump for album cover and tracklist.

What’s the inspiration for the title A Bathing Ape?

The tape is called A Bathing Tape because its “showered” wit a lot of different sounds and topics but its still one big reflection of me. Its also a play of the clothing line which brings the freshness and exclusivity to the tape.

Do you have any specific message your trying to get out through your music?

I’m just painting my life as I see it. Speaking for myself, as well as my peers. I’m also promoting individuality, intelligence and style through my music.

Why do you think the DMV area has been overlooked for so long as place where dope music is made?

I feel the music industry.. better yet, these big companies don’t feel the DMV is marketable to a worldwide audience, which I totally disagree with. I feel once the outside world gets familiar with us and our story we won’t be overlooked anymore.

Speaking of the DMV, how do you feel about about Wale’s rise to fame following The Mixtape About Nothing?
I feel its a great thing. It gave our city worldwide notice for not only our go-go talent, but also our hip-hop talent.

Check out two of G5’s personal favorites below and if you dig it you’ll be glad to hear that we can expect “a load of shit this year, good shit though, haha.”

G5 Clive feat. The Clientele- Fight Night.

G5 Clive- Osibasa Wild Lake.


Wale feat. Curren$y and Lyriciss- WordPlay (Unofficial Remix).
March 23, 2009


Wale feat. Curren$y and Lyriciss- Wordplay (Unofficial Remix). Download HERE.

We hit you with the original “Wordplay” song last week, but in case you missed it, go HERE.

This version drops Tre’s verse and adds some more DC flavor from DMV artists Lyriciss and has been put out as an “unofficial remix.”

Official or not, more Wale is what the world needs. And what you need …  is to listen to this fire.

You should know this by now.

AB the Producer feat. X.O., Pro’verb and Lyriciss- Go Hard (Video)
March 13, 2009

We introduced you to and brought you the newest mixtape of A.B the Producer a week or so ago, and this song, featuring all DMV artists, was on the IllVibes presents Music  I Wish Was On the Radio Vol. 2 mixtape we put up a couple of days ago.

The song is a DMV banger, and underscores the point that we have been trying to make for the past couple of months that the DMV is a hotbed of hip-hop right now and there are scores of dope artists from the area  not named Wale.

Enjoy, let us know what you think, and seriously watch out, because the DMV is about to blow up.  Ya dig?

You should know this by now.

A.B. The Producer- Producer’s Credit (Mixtape).
March 1, 2009


First we hit you with that new new fire from Mike Posner, and to cap off the night we bring you another mixtape presented by the infamous Mick Boogie and the 20-year-old DC native A.B. the Producer.

A.B. is straight D.C., graduating from Ballou High School in 2006, and was introduced into the game years before that.  How dope must this have been for 14-year old aspiring producer:

In 2003, through the efforts of a close friend, AB was lucky enough to watch Kanye West laying tracks at Sony Studios in New York City.

Is it us, or does somehow everything end up involving Kanye these days?

Anyway, since that fateful encounter, A.B, has worked with a variety of artists, but brings it home on this mixtape, Producer’s Credits, which features only artists from across the DMV area, including Raheem DaVaughn and Wale. Download HERE.

Peep the track below and hit the jump for the tracklist as usual.

TNT feat. Raheem DeVaughn and Wale- W on the Fitted. Download HERE.


Wale: Hip Hop Official Interview Part One.
February 21, 2009

Wale, the busiest man in business right now, besides Charles Hamilton (who, on an unrelated note, may be clinically crazy), is interviewed as he travels around LA for his various obligations.

A soundcheck at the Key Club to in-store appearances.  Is it just us, or does it seem like “DC’s Representative” has been spending a little too much time out on the West Coast.

Just a thought, but if they (being LA) steal him from us (being the DMV), it’s gonna be 2pac vs. Biggie all over again.

You should know this by now.

Nickelus F- Thank You (Mixtape) x Trenches.
February 21, 2009


With the all the hype surrounding the release of Drake’s mixtape, Richmond, VA and Drizzy affiliate, Nickelus F has gotten a bit overlooked.

He got his first big break back in 2000 when he placed second among 300 contenders in the Source Unsigned Hype Freestyle Battle.  Since then he’s also appeared numerous times on BET’s infamous “Freestyle Friday.”

With his skills refined, a co-sign from Drake, a recently released mixtape, and an album on the way, Nickelus F is primed to make an impact.  He places himself somewhere between gangbanger and hipster and says:

My inspiration comes mainly from experiences and emotions. I’m not a super thug, I’m just a regular dude, but I’ve done some grimy shit in my life.

Haven’t we all done some grimy shit though? His mixtape, Thank You, dropped on Thursday, which you can download HERE.  Follow the jump for album cover and tracklist.

The track below is off his upcoming album, Heathen, set to come out on the 27th with a video and few more tracks expected next week. Take a listen and give us your five cents worth.

Nickelus F – Trenches.  Download HERE.


Wale- W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E (Video).
February 18, 2009

Wale feat. Justice- W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E

Yes, this Wale song is well traveled and from his 2007 mixtape 100 Miles and Runnin’, but in light of the hot Coke commerical Justice just did for Coca-Cola and his soon to be released Back to the Feature mixtape, we thought you might enjoy the official music video.

The video itself is quite dope, and doesn’t give you seizures like the “Welcome to Heartbeark” video, and there’s nothing wrong with re-acclimating yourself with some early Wale jams.

Another quality video to check out is his first music video, “Uptown Roamers,” off Hate is the New Love.

DMV is 2009 is gonna be taking over.

You should know this by now.

Wale Performs “Chillin” in Australia.
February 16, 2009

We posted the incomplete version of this song of Wale’s upcoming album a while back, and were asked to take it down by his people, but as the release date for his mixtape and debut album approaches, it seems OK to give everyone a look.

Despite the poor video quality and dysfunctional crowd interaction, there is one very important piece of information that Wale tells the crowd.

Y’all know I got a new record coming out.  It’s coming out in the States in about a week and half.

He is presumably talking about his Back to the Feature mixtape, which would then be set for release at the beginning of March.

DC’s finest as been touring like crazy lately, around the world and up and down the West Coast, trying to get his name and the DMV out there.  Our question is, why is he wearing a Yankees hat?

For a little better quality, listen below to his performance of “Chillin” in San Francisco a couple weeks ago.

Wale feat. Lady Gaga – Chillin. Download HERE.

You should know this by now.

Royce Da 5’9″- Part of Me (Video).
February 16, 2009

Royce Da 5’9″- Part of Me. Download HERE.

We bring to you the official video for Royce’s track “Part of Me,” of his much anticipated solo album Street Hop, set for release on April 21st.

The video is directed by Rik Cordero, who has seemingly done work for every major artist out there, and has been called “the only hip-hop director on the planet,” and his videos described as “miracles.”

The state of Michigan is making moves this year, with Detroit rapper’s Big Sean, Eminem, and Royce all set to release albums.  Along with the fire cooking in the DMV area, and as always Chicago, 2009 is shaping up to be a good year.

You should know this by now.

Wale f. Young Chris and Tre- Night Life.
February 9, 2009


A long awaited single from Wale’s upcoming mixtape, Back to the Feature, has finally been released and ready for your approval.

Wale once again hooks up with Young Chris, previously featured on “Searching” and “Large,” and  as we previously mentioned in the Wale Mixtape Update, Tre from UCB.

With his fifth mixtape and debut album on the way, all while touring the West Coast, Wale embodies the work ethic that defined D.C. rap.  After years of being overlooked as a legitimate source of hip-hip, the DMV is on the verge of a breakthrough in 2009.

Keep it locked to our site for upcoming features on the up-and-coming artists that the area has to offer, and in the meantime take a listen below.

Wale feat. Young Chris and Tre – Night Life. Download HERE.

You should know this by now.

Tabi Bonney – Rich Kids (Live).
February 4, 2009

Tabi Bonney – Rich Kids

D.C. prodigy Tabi Bonney performs the song  “Rich Kids” off his new album Dope. Haven’t heard of it, well you should have .

Tabi mentions, and we agree, that 2009 is the year the D.C, Maryland, and Virginia (the DMV) area will begin  to gain the respect that it deserves in the hip-hop industry. Wale, Tabi, and Bliss FM already have your attention. No?

Keep it locked for upcoming features and music from some of the area’s best and brighest, including X.O., The Five One Band, NoVA Infinite and more.

You should know this by now.

Tabi Bonney- Dope.
January 29, 2009

Tabi Bonney

Although our man Wale is receiving the majority of the hype in the DMV, Tabi Bonney can’t be ignored.

Born Tabiabuè Bonney, the West African native spent his childhood moving from continent to continent, eventually landing in D.C.

These experiences have no doubt influenced his musical style, which incorporates traditional hip-hop beats with reggae melodies and just the right amount of that D.C Go-Go flavor.

His sophomore album, Dope, was released on Inauguration Day, and was given critcal acclaim in The Washington Post this week.

Trying to single out the best song from Tabi Bonney’s sophomore album, “Dope,” is like trying to pick the coldest ice cube in the tray.

That’s some pretty good press.

The album is available on iTunes, Amazon, etc. and for the ridiculously low price of $5.99, so open up your wallets and support the DMV’s rising star.

The tracks “Rock Bammas,” “Rich Kids,” and “Kick Rocks,” are our favorites and can only be described as one word: dope.

Take a listen below and be sure to scoop the album if you like what you hear.

Tabi Bonney feat. Haziq- Rock Bammas

You should know this by now.

A Wale of A Tale.
December 17, 2008


It’s not everyday that you come across a name in hip hop that calls D.C. its home.

Wale changes that as he seems to be picking up the slack and repping the DMV (D.C., Maryland & Virginia, for those of you who aren’t from the area) for all of those who weren’t able to.

The District-born rapper currently boasts the most-requested song by a local artist in D.C. radio history. With this debut single Dig Dug(Shake It) (click to listen), he went on to get in touch with reknowned producer Mark Ronson who caught him a spot on Lily Allen’s remix of Smile.

Oh. And Jay-Z deemed Wale to be a good artist. Maybe he’s going places?

Now Wale finds himself rubbing shoulders and sharing the booth with the likes of The Roots and Lil Wayne.

And with all this growing hype, the Washingtonian continues to give away his music for free. Why?

The Web is the new way to figure out who’s hot and what’s not. You can’t let TV dictate because it’s so polished, so political. It is what they want you to know. The internet is the raw.

Check out his video for Nike Boots. This song is silly good.

Wale – Nike Boots

Also, go download his mixtape, The Mixtape About Nothing (done with 10xDEEP), HERE.

You should know this by now.