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Diamond District: March On Washington [Album Review]

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, 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]

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 »

Uptown XO: Finding My Way (prod by A.B. The Pro) [Music Video]

Diamond District emcee Uptown XO gives the visual treatment to his first single, “Finding My Way,” off his album Colour de Grey. Peep! Read More »

Uptown XO: Everyday (feat. AB The Pro) [prod by AB The Pro] [Music Video]

Uptown XO teams up with the Creative Junkfood to drop this dope animated video for his track “Everyday” featuring and produced by AB The Pro. This song is off Uptown’s album Colour de Grey which dropped at the beginning of this year. Check it out if you haven’t already! Read More »

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