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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 »

Uptown XO: Needs & Wants [prod by AB the Pro] [Music Video]

Fresh off his recently released album Colour de Grey, DC artist Uptown XO of Diamond District brings us these visuals for his track “Needs & Wants” produced by AB the Pro. Read More »

Uptown XO: Evolution [Music Video]

Diamond District’s own Uptown XO drops a new set of visuals. The video for “Evolution” was directed by Backie T. Enjoy! Read More »

Uptown XO: Spread Love [Music Video]

Uptown XO blesses us with some new visuals! In the video for “Spread Love”, he takes us through the nation’s capital. Grab his Colour de Grey project on iTunes. Read More »

Uptown XO: Colour de Grey

The color grey is ambivalent. It’s neither black nor white. It’s a good description of Washington, D.C. today, a city with changing demographics, and for D.C. native Uptown XO, it describes his state quite well: caught between the extremes of the harsh streets and the desire for enlightenment and growth. One-third of the Diamond District, XO has been on a steady rise. Unfortunately overlooked in comparison to his District brothers, XO has much to offer with his stellar collection of tracks and mixtapes such as 2012’s The Color Grey. In 2013 he drops his proper debut, Colour de Grey, keeping his impressive catalogue moving. Alongside producer AB the Pro, XO continues to strive for perfection and to gain respect for his city. Dubbing himself “DC’s Mozart,” XO certainly has a point. He’s more closely tied to the streets of the District than Oddisee or yU, and has gone through his fair share of ups and downs and struggles. On Colour de Grey, he certainly spits raw life. Opening with “Spread Love,” XO details his slow but needed change from a thug to a man, rhyming: “I’m in a position that’s rare, diamond in the rough, living without a care cussin’ on the bus / I grew transformed, shed some ways like snake skin, flew did tours and like icons in their faces.” He’s trying to find that balance in life, currently stuck in that grey area between the gutter and something better, and it’s a theme he returns to throughout ... Read More »

Uptown XO: XO Skeleton

In case you couldn’t tell by today’s site takeover,  DC’s Uptown XO released his Mello Music Group solo debut today, Colour de Grey. To give people a glimpse of the range within the Diamond District emcee’s new record, MMG wanted to share the second single “XO Skeleton”. The track lays bare XO’s thoughts over soul-stirring piano keys.  Ever progressing, XO continues to hone his skills as both a narrative storyteller and a captivating vocalist. Used to listen to Mos most of all, Listenin’ to Jigga wasn’t why I had Os for y’all, It was my back against the wall, Lived on my paws, Dog, sold in the snow and fog, Summer nights in the city, smelt like smog. Colour de Grey combines braggadocio with quotidian detail that creates a window into a life within the nation’s capital, all capped with alluring veracity. The digital edition of the new 14 track album is everywhere today, while the CD hits stores next week and vinyl later next month. Read More »

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