D.C. Hip-Hop's Breakout Generation?

waleWale performs at this summer's Virgin Mobile FreeFest in Maryland. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

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"

XO - "Crabs in the Barrel"

Kingpen Slim - "Powder 4 Da Babies"

Phil Ade - "Try Out"

Wale - "Chillin"

By David Malitz |  October 16, 2009; 10:13 AM ET Local News
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Great to see these DMV cats gettin' on. I just hope they will resist the temptation to bite the sound or style of other areas (ATL/Dirty, Wesside, MIA). I'm tireda hearing that BS. Like Ghost says, "Stay wit ya own sound, your own style...stop bitin' my SH__!"

No offense to Wale -- he's got the most juice & backing at the moment -- but I think Phil Ade has the best sound and flow. This cat has true star potential (reminds me of Lupe Fiasco a little bit).

I'm gonna buy all of their joints, to show my support, and I hope others will BUY and not just download for free! Hopefully, all of these artists will reinvest much of their newly-earned $$$ into QUALITY PRODUCTION...that's what sets bonafide stars apart from fringe artists.

Best of luck to alla y'all! KEEP REPPIN' THA DMV

Posted by: ntlekt | October 17, 2009 7:34 PM

Mr. Chris Richards there is division and cruelty in "YOUR" Article on WALE.

Mr. Richards why did you bring the “wedge” into readers minds of a Division between Rap/hip-hop and D.C. Go-GO?

Why can’t the District of Columbia be the MOTOWN with BOTH WALE AND GO-GO being a D.C. legacy?????

Mr. Chris perhaps you fail to remember the WEST Coast vs East Coast rivalry that took the lives of our youngest and strongest music rappers OVER THIS SILLY BEEF that you are now perpetrating.

We lost NORTORIUS Big and TuPAC over the same silliness that you have written in this article…D.C. Go-Go DETERMINING WALES hip/hop future.

Chris Richards just support WALE in your future articles and leave D.C. Go-Go alone without starting bad blood between the two.

Wake up

Calvin H. Gurley

Posted by: CalvinGurley | October 18, 2009 10:59 AM

Wale's 1st breakout hits were Dig Dug,Breakdown and 1 Thing About A Player.All 3 songs was produced by The Quitter Hitter Boyz(C the rapper and Southeast Slim)Best Kept Secret came 2 years later.Ask Wale and maybe he will finally tell the truth about it

Posted by: mjparkss | October 21, 2009 9:35 PM

Wale's 1st breakout hits were Dig Dug,Breakdown and 1 Thing About A Player.All 3 songs was produced by The Hitter Quitter Boyz(C the rapper and Southeast Slim)Best Kept Secret came 2 years later.Ask Wale and maybe he will finally tell the truth about it

Posted by: mjparkss | October 21, 2009 9:36 PM

"Hip-Hop ain't dead it just moved to the DMV!!!

- Mr. 40. Watt -

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Posted by: DeUceDouble | October 22, 2009 3:13 PM

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