Tag: hip hop

Bmore BeatClub is a tasting room for the city’s hip-hop scene

Credit: Jimmie Thomas of Curators of Hip Hop.

I like underground hip-hop, and nothing is more underground than a concert in a basement. Although the basement is the Maryland Art Place and the concert wasn’t really a concert per se, just let the hyperbole work. This was Bmore BeatClub’s Four-Year Anniversary, a celebration of an event that brings Baltimore’s hip-hop scene out of the underground and into the mosaic stage light.

BeatClub is built around producers; some are featured artists but many are novices looking to connect with other musicians. While producers play beats, rappers are called on stage two at a time. Without any prior arrangements between the musicians, the performances are entirely organic.

Watch the Amazing Video for Greenspan’s ‘Indie’

Image via YouTube

Though Greenspan’s album “Never Gon Die” came out back in 2016, a video for the song “Indie” dropped this week on hip-hop news site OkayPlayer.

Rap Group Peso Da Mafia Debuts Video for ‘Winning,’ Talks Hit ‘Money Man’

Peso Da Mafia members Purp (left), Shordie Shordie (center) and Lor Dee appear on Genius.com. Image via YouTube.

Baltimore rappers have been getting some well-deserved national ink of late. Chief among them is the group Peso Da Mafia, whose hit from last spring, “Money Man,” and its prompt to do the Money Dance, blew up, pulling in 3.4 million views on YouTube, 586,000 SoundCloud plays, a co-sign from Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, and the honor of being named Song of the Year by the Baltimore Beat.

Clemson Football Shows Some Love to Baltimore County Rap Group Creek Boyz on Twitter

Image courtesy of the Creek Boyz’ Facebook page.

To highlight the moment when Houston Texan’s quarterback and recent Clemson signal caller DeShaun Watson reunited on the sidelines with head coach Dabo Swinney, the Tigers football team opted to use the hook from “With My Team,” the incredibly catchy single by Baltimore County rap group the Creek Boyz, as the soundtrack.

Too Young, Too Soon: Remembering E-Dubble

E-dub and Vince at work.

As part of our Throwback Thursday series, we republish Marion Winik’s essay in memoriam of E-Dubble, the local rapper who died last February. His new video was released this week. 

View the video, below.

WBAL-TV’s Omar Jimenez Drops Rap EP, ‘Reporting Live’

Still via “Ready for It” music video, via OJ Trop/YouTube

Even if you haven’t heard of local hip-hop artist OJ Trop, there’s a good chance you’ve seen him on the evening news.

Baltimore’s Rapdragons Get Hi-Fi with New Mixtape

Rapdragons: Greglan Ward and Nick Often

Rapdragons (composed of Greglan Ward and Nick Often) busted onto the Baltimore music scene in 2009 with enthusiastic party raps over lo-fi — and totally uncleared — samples. (Their first local hit, “Moon Rocks,” samples an mp3 of the Reading Rainbow theme.) And they hit the ground running. Embracing hip hop’s scrappy resourcefulness, grabbing beats from anywhere and everywhere and using “chilling” as a bottomless well of inspiration, Rapdragons have already created a sizable body of work. After their 2009 debut, Ten Stories High, they followed up with a Baltimore-heavy remix album, 2010’s Ten Stories Hijacked and a mixtape, Featuring Baltimore, full of samples from local groups. In 2011, they dropped the EP Natural Born Chillers.