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Diamond District: March On Washington [Album Review]

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March on, Washington. March on. Five long years. Let me tell you where I’m coming from. When I first heard In The Ruff, the debut of the Washington, D.C. group Diamond District, it was the fall of 2009 and I was in my senior year of college in Florida. I came across the record on a Hip Hop blog with the reviewer praising the gritty feel, the rugged lyrics and interplay of the three emcees, concluding that the album was an expertly modernized take on NYC’s golden age boom bap… except these guys weren’t from New York. Oddisee, yU and Uptown XO all hail from the DMV, or the District, Maryland, and Virginia, and In The Ruff was their cannon shot to the world to show that D.C., a much overlooked scene in the Hip Hop world, could bang as hard as anywhere else. The album was definitely a diamond for me, and remained in my headphones for a good while. And I was hungry for more. Five years later? I live and work in Washington, D.C., and have been witness to the steady rise that the DMV is having in Hip Hop. Artists like Logic, Fat Trel, Shy Glizzy, Wale (of course) and others are garnering interest outside the DMV. Oddisee, yU and XO have all dropped several solo works, pretty much all of them dope, and left many, me included, awaiting their reunion. And now they’re finally back with March On Washington. Five years. About time. March On ... Read More »

Diamond District (yU x Uptown XO x Oddisee): March On Washington [Stream]

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The holy trinity has returned with March On Washington. Today solo artists yU, Oddisee & Uptown XO are back in group formation as Diamond District for the release of their sophomore album March On Washington. The new album is out everywhere, stream it below. March On Washington by Diamond District DOWNLOAD Read More »

Oddisee & Good Compny: The Goings On [Music Video]

Great new live video from Oddisee and his band Good Compny for the song “The Goings On.” Although the studio version was originally released on Oddisee’s mixtape “Tangible Dream,” Oddisee has been busy promoting the upcoming Diamond District album alongside group members yU and Uptown XO, which will be released next Tuesday, Oct. 14th via Mello Music Group. Read More »

Diamond District: First Step [Music Video]

Diamond District started their campaign for their new album “March On Washington” early last month, today I have the song/video for their joint “First Step” and let me tell you fam it goes hard. Oddisee sticks to the boom bap roots that were dug up on their debut and the trio of yU, XO and Oddisee are waxing poetic over this beat. Peep it above and make sure you pre-order “March On Washington” because something tells me this is going to be just as good if not better than their debut. Read More »

Diamond District (yU, Oddisee, Uptown XO): Lost Cause

Earlier this week, the nation’s largest weekly newspaper, The Village Voice, premiered Diamond District’s second single “Lost Cause” from the group’s upcoming album March On Washington.  The track is produced by rising star Oddisee and features the trio (yU, Oddisee, Uptown XO) rhyming some of their most impassioned bars to date. The three emcees bring wildly different styles to the track and offer listeners something very fresh.  Like brothers who’ve gone down different paths, yU, Oddisee, and Uptown XO all started in DC and have grown into their own unique solo careers.  Diamond District brings them together again as a testament to both their perfect chemistry, and their uniquness as individual elements in the musical world. Read More »

Diamond District: First Step [prod. by Oddisee]

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Diamond District are back with their upcoming October 14th album March on Washington. Consisting of Oddisee, yU and Uptown XO, Diamond District first released their critically acclaimed 2009 album In The Ruff. After countless solo projects, the group is back a half-decade later to provide ‘wisdom over rhythm’ over neck-snapping drums. Entirely produced and arranged by Oddisee, all three members are in top form on mic duties, continuing from where they left off while never looking back. In celebration of the upcoming album and album pre-order, enjoy the first track for the song “First Step” which features all 3 members handling mic duties over an Oddisee produced beat. Full album tracklisting is below. Read More »

Soulpete: Rhymes On Random (feat. Oddisee)

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Poland-based producer Soulpete presents “Rhymes On Random”, featuring Oddisee. Recorded during Oddisee’s 2013 European tour, “Rhymes On Random” is a single from his debut album Soul Raw, featuring Guilty Simpson, Smif-N-Wessun, Blu, Supastition, Pacewon, Hezekiah, Hassaan Mackey, DJ Ace, Ozay Moore, M.A.R.S., AWAR, Journalist 103, Dominique Larue and Danny! Check it out below and grab the track via iTunes. Read More »

Oddisee: Back of My Mind [Music Video]

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Brand new video for “Back of My Mind” which is featured on Oddisee’s Tangible Dream project. Initially released as a free download with purchase of Oddisee’s instrumental album The Beauty of All, Tangible Dream is now available for sale via iTunes, CD, and limited edition grey haze vinyl. Directed by Jeremy Ian Thomas and Produced by Oddisee. Read More »

Oddisee: Caprice Down [Music Video]

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Today, Oddisee drops a video from his The Beauty in All album for the song “Caprice Down.” The video was directed by Jeremy Ian Thomas and features a skate crew called “Hammer City” who live in Long Beach, California. The crew’s founder was a skater named Michael Green A.K.A. Blacc. Mike was gunned down in 2005 over a case of mistaken identity and the skaters in the video are three members from Hammer City: Juice, E.C., and ManMan (Blacc Mike’s brother). Amongst the gang violence and drugs that has plagued the neighborhood surrounding 14th St. in Long Beach, the skaters found refuge in a park they dubbed “Ghetto Park” which later became known as “The Michael K. Green Skate Park.” Read More »

J-Live: Money Matters [Music Video]

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As promised, here’s the new video from J-Live, “Money Matters”, produced by Oddisee. The video is directed by J-Live himself and is from his fourthcoming album Around The Sun. Read More »

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