D.C. Hip-Hop's Breakout Generation?
Chris Richards looks at Washington's ready-to-burst rap scene in Sunday's paper.
"It's been more than 25 years since hip-hop exploded onto America's popscape, but majority-black Washington has never launched a nationally recognized rapper. That's because star-launching starts at home, and go-go, Washington's indigenous funk music, has enjoyed an airtight grip on the ears of young Washington since Chuck Brown invented the sound in the '70s."
But a new generation of rappers, fronted by omnipresent Wale and including Tabi Bonney, Kingpen Slim, XO and Phil Ade is poised to put D.C. hip-hop on the map. Are these newcomers ready for prime time? After the jump, take a listen to some songs and decide for yourself.
Tabi Bonney - "Jet Setter"
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