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The 1978ers (yU & Slimkat): Without A Clue [Music Video]

The 1978ers’ new album, People of Today, dropped two weeks ago, now they bless us with some new visuals for the soulful debut from the duo. Videographer Jay Brown sets an intimately lit tone for yU to share something sincere. A look back at life can make you feel nostalgic and proud. yU takes some time to share the lessons he’s learned. Set at a vintage jazz club, Slimkat lays his hands on the keys, channeling the spirit of his work on the beat. Read More »

The 1978ers (yU & Slimkat): P.O.T. EP (Acts I,II, III)

On November 11th, yU and Slimkat are set to bring us their first album as a duo, entitled People of Today. As an introduction, the duo delivers the P.O.T. EP. Acts I, II, and III offer you a glimpse into the visionary direction of yU & Slimkat. Enjoy the EP below. P.O.T. EP (Act I, II, III) by The 1978ers (yU & Slimkat) Read More »

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 »

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 »

The Black Opera: Behold The Opera [prod. by yU]

The mysterious hiphop collective known as The Black Opera flexes their muscle on their latest single, “Behold The Opera”, from their upcoming fourth studio album, The Great Year. Producer yU (of Diamond District) provides a menacing backdrop driven by stiff high-hats, bass, and ominous operatic voice samples, as the two founding TBO members plunder weak emcees with bars chock-full of poignant and razor sharp rhymes. The Great Year by The Black Opera Read More »

The 1978ers (yU & Slimkat): People of Today [Music Video]

Now when I first got into hip-hop and more specifically Mello Music Group after hearing yU‘s projects and learning that he was in a group called the 1978ers, I really wanted to hear some newness from them. And yesterday finally, the duo of yU and SlimKat are getting set to release their album “People of Today”. Above you can peep the video for the title track. The album is said to be laced with wisdom and will be an album that does more than stand the test of time but change our views and opinions in it. Check the video and let me know what you think. “People of Today” drops in November, keep it locked here for updates. 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 »

yU: Never Burning Out [prod by Drew Dave]

New track from yU of Diamond District and the 1978ers. This track will be on an upcoming EP from Drew Dave called Sumthin Slight. Read More »

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