When the shots rang out our featured artist, Southeast Washington DC’s own DB, was fortunate to escape with nothing more than a bullet through his hat. Just part of a life that taught him valuable lessons on the cold ways of the street that he channels through his music. He writes, produces, and records his own work and in 2009 released “The Meal Ticket” which was well received by music critics in the DMV. Now he is working on his second project and expanding his versatility through meaningful lyrics and a variety of beats. We like the playful inventiveness of “Bring a Friend” which shows a mix of beat mastery, lyricism, and is a nicely crafted video. DB is ready for the Stage! Keep up with him at knowdb.tumblr.com.
Guess WKYS couldn’t see the future when they put together their annual list of the DMV’s hottest ten rappers. Well, Da Phuture is here now, blowing up the airwaves and getting outstanding feedback for his hit Stupid Dope Moves. Our co-founder and music connoisseur Khari Gzifa has nothing but love for the song so of course we put the video in the OnStage Showcase. Shout out to the team at 368 Music Group who have Da Phuture aimed straight for the top!
The success Ryan Leslie has enjoyed in his music and recording career is no surprise to any of his early fans. The talented artist has hit-winning song credits, a Grammy nomination, and is about to release his third solo effort, “Les is More” in July 2011. In so many ways, Leslie’s career is a blueprint for emerging artists in the DMV and everywhere else as well; study your craft, put real time into studio work, associate with industry players you can learn from and be willing to apply those lessons, then go out and grind! We first saw his video “Glory” on the great website TrackHustle.com and wanted to feature it as well. Raw power here… the talent is not surprising but his ability to put it out there is stunning! Hit the comments link below and tell us what you think.