With his flair for showmanship and an impressive body of work already in his catalog, Togo born and DC bred rapper tabi Bonney is approaching legendary status in DC hip hop circles. That he’s not been given full credit in his hometown before now for how talented he actually is has more to do with his absence than with his ability. The “Jetsetter” probably has more frequent flyer miles than any other DC artist in his genre. He recounted his recent travel stops during his performance at the H Street Festival last Saturday, September 15th. If you haven’t checked out (and bought) his critically acclaimed “LoveJoy Park”, it’s available on his Bandcamp page. For the latest news on his travels, follow him on Twitter @tabiBonney.
OK, we know it’s not that simple. It’s probably as formidable a task as making OnStage DC the premier platform for streaming high quality video of live concerts. But what is life without a challenge? Both things are achievable goals. They just require a willingness to grind. At OnStage, we grind. We haven’t been standing still since we first brought this up. We’ve been researching, talking to folks, wrapping our minds around the real stumbling blocks and costs. We’ve got a clear picture in our minds of how to make it happen, even who we’d like to see be a part of the contingent. So The Liberia Project is something we believe in and something we’ll be reaching out to you for input and for your support in a series of upcoming posts. And no, it’s way too early to ask them, but it’s no secret that we think a contingent of RAtheMC, Lyriciss, Black Alley, Trilogy III & Nu-Era, Morgan the CEO, Young Sir, and Awthentik would represent the DMV in a way that’s really beyond words. Dream Team!
Awthentik and Ethan Spalding have put their considerable individual talents together to come up with a superb release in the infectious head bopper “Beef and Broccoli”. For anyone putting together a new summer download list this is a must include. From the opening till the end it doesn’t disappoint. By the time you get halfway through to “Wood Rolled Tight” and “Love Me or You Love Me Not” then glide into “Fine Wine” and finish with “Today” you’ll have a new appreciation of what’s musically possible in hip hop in the DMV. The liner notes on the download page say that “the DMV fundamental sound shines right through” but that’s incorrect in a sense… This album is a cut above what passes for the fundamental DMV sound.Beef and Broccoli is available at www.FullCircleCollective.com Follow Awthentik on Twitter @Awthentik and follow news of what’s up with Ethan @VioletSays5 Check out the OnStage Video Showcase for Awthentik performing live with Alison Carney and for Ethan with Violet Says 5.
I would match the stylishness that we see everyday in the streets, parks, work and play spaces of the DMV against any locale in the world and feel confident that our love for sartorial presentation will always carry the day. But let’s face it; summer can be a challenging season for looking cool in DC. It’s hot for one thing, and for another, maybe nobody has outright announced that in the war between T-shirt designers and short sleeve shirt makers for guys, the T-shirt designers have pretty much thrown in the towel. That means guys now have to fork out more $$ to keep showing up cause buying a quality fashionable short sleeve can put a dent in your weekly beer budget for real!
It’s a lot easier for the ladies of the DMV. The style choices are as diffuse as ever, from long cotton dresses to lycra under a sheer blouse. Shorts still make a statement and stylish exercise wear will get you into a lot more places these days. But a trend to take note of is the very cool hats gracing the heads of so many ladies this summer. It’s either a hat or an immaculate hair style and both serve a purpose. They pull the eyes in their direction and deflect a thorough examination of what’s worn beneath. Very big help for the summer because all-in-all, the DMV was batting about .275 in Everyday Style when we hit Malcolm X park on the first Sunday of the summer. Take a look through the pictures in Diggs Gallery.
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