Let’s Play A Little Game …
April 21, 2010

Wale – Freaks (Bird Peterson Remix). Download HERE.

Chiddy Bang – Hey London. Download HERE.

Usher – Oh My Gosh (Prod. by Will.I.Am.). Download HERE.

Called “catch up.”

So, here’s the deal. We’re really bad with apologies. That’s why we’re not going to fall back on any.

Did we leave you without a word? Yes. Have we not posted in almost a year? Yeah. Have we lost our touch? No.

Think of this long overdue post as incredible makeup sex. Note – don’t even think about trying to cuddle afterwards.

Check back often as we’re going back to posting on a timely basis. While the regulars already knew that, this ones for you newcomers …

You should know this by now.

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Chester French – Jacques Jams, Vol. 1: Endurance.
April 8, 2009

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Chester French & Clinton Sparks – Love Game Remix (ft. Lady GaGa)

Chester French & Clinton Sparks – Starting A Band – Two Mans (ft. Solange)

Chester French & Clinton Sparks – I’m So Tall (ft. Bun B., Talib Kweli & Mickey Factz)

Chester French has really gone out of its way to point out how this isn’t a mixtape. It’s a free album.

With 24 tracks and collabs with legends and soon-to-be hip hop royalty, it really doesn’t matter what you call this damn thing. Just listen to it.

According to D.A. and Max, Jacques Jams, Vol. 1: Endurance chronicles the past six years of their lives. It’s also the first new music the duo have released since 2007. From the Harvard campus to the office of Pharrell Williams.

Sounds like a dream, right? Well. It’s just another day in the life of Chester French.

This free album would have never come to fruition if it wasn’t for the persistence of DJ Clinton Sparks. The Harvard grads agreed to create it because C. Sparks just wouldn’t stop pestering them.

Guest spots: Jermaine Dupri, Diddy, Pharrell, Pusha, Talib Kweli, Bun B., The Mad Rapper, Kardinal Offishall, N.O.R.E, Jadakiss, Janelle Monae, Cassie, Wale, Solange, Lady Gaga, and Mickey Factz.

Enough said. Download the entire thing HERE.  Tracklist after the jump, per usual.

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Wale – Penthouse Anthem.
April 3, 2009

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Wale – Penthouse Anthem. Download HERE.

Dub A L E drops another slick song featuring the creative lyrics and upbeat tempo that we’ve come to love. Oh yea, and it’s an ode to stripper’s, a pastime we all enjoy.

These are all really just enough to tickle our balls unitl Back to the Feature drops and the end of the month.

Oh, how we wish it was the week of April 20th….

You should know this by now.

Look Up In Da Stars (ft. Wale) – KiD CuDi.
April 1, 2009

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Look Up In Da Stars (ft. Wale) – KiD CuDi. Download HERE.

The only time the DMV and Ohio come together is to have Lebron dominate the Wizards in the playoffs (please stop doing that).

Fortunately for Wizards fans, a 20-year-old college DJ brings the two together on friendlier business.

DJ Skee had Cudi and Wale lay some verses over an undeniably hot beat. It’s got that futuristic Jetsons vibe to it. Ya dig?

You should know this by now.

Wale- The Road to “Attention Deficit” Mixtape.
March 30, 2009

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With the release date of Wale’s upcoming mixtape Back to the Feature set (April 29th for those of you who don’t know), the good folks over at Hip Hop Update and DC to BC put together a “best of” compilation mixtape of Wale’s work up to this point.

It features songs from his previous mixtapes, live performances, and some rare freestyles you may not have heard yet.  This is all in preparation for the release of his debut studio album Attention Deficit, which has been reported to be scheduled for release at the end of the year.

We set out to call it the “Road” to Attention Deficit (his upcoming Interscope album) because his career has been a journey thus far – so we included live audio from the UK, Australia, California, etc. that captures his journey around the world.

For an example of some unheard Wale your ears may not have had the pleasure of hearing yet listen below.

Wale feat. X.O- Ridin’ (Remix).

Anyway, shouts to Hip-Hop Update and DC to BC for putting this together, and download the mixtape HERE.  Tracklist after the jump.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Wale – Chillin’ (Feat. Lady Gaga).
March 21, 2009

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Wale – Chillin’ (Feat. Lady Gaga). Download HERE.

Interscope artists Wale and Lady Gaga got together for this track. It’ll be featured on Wale’s upcoming album Attention Deficit.

The joint’s CD quality, of course. Shouts to iLL Vibes for this one. They’re always out proving that Wale’s not the only one repping the DMV hard.

You Should Know This By Now.

Wale – Word Play (ft. Curren$y & Tre).
March 17, 2009

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Wale – Word Play (ft. Curren$y & Tre). Download HERE.

We know that you were searching for the download link the moment you saw the word “Wale.”

Don’t worry. Not going to waste your time. Enjoy.

Just know that this is a leak off of Wale’s upcoming album, Back to the Feature, which is set to be released on April 29th.

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

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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.

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Nickel Eye (ft. Wale) – Brandy of the Damned (Mark Ronson Remix).
February 28, 2009

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Nickel Eye (ft. Wale) – Brandy of the Damned (Mark Ronson Remix). Download HERE.

First, you catch us putting up The Fray up on our site. Now … Nickle Eye of the Strokes?

Have some faith in us, will you?

Nickel Eye (Nikolai Fraiture) meets up with one of THE hottest up-and-comers and the two team up with THE hottest producer in the game. Get ready for a laid back track that features a rather Wyclef Jean-esque Wale (without the accent, of course).

Regardless. Hit this joint up. You’ll be glad you did.

Promise.

You should know this by now.

Wale- Chillin’ (Live).
February 27, 2009

Wale- Chillin’ (Live)

If you follow the site, then you know we’ve posted various clips and bits of this song before, which is off Wale’s upcoming album.

It’s just such a dope song, and to this point this is the best quality video and sound we’ve heard.

This particular performance was part of his West Coast swing at the Key Club.  Enjoy.

You should know this by now.

Wale Hip Hop Official Interview: Part 2.
February 24, 2009

A few days ago we posted part one of this interview with Wale has he’s driven around the streets of L.A. and promised to bring you part 2.

Well we never break promises, so enjoy a little more chatter with the Uptown Roamer.

You should know this by now.

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.