It’s that time of the year again, and you have exactly three weeks and five days to prepare for the greatness that is Broccoli City Festival. To help you prepare, Heleese brings you part 1 of her Lineup Hiplist for this week's Just Another Music Monday.
Back in August my good friends from Sky Tribe invited me out to shoot the second annual Dollar And A Dream music festival in Greensboro North Carolina. Knowing how fun it was last year and knowing my good friend C. Pitt was performing, I of course said yes. C. Pitt just released the video his team shot that day so I decided to share with you all on here and show you some of the pictures I took as well.
Hand full of the Sky Tribe team that was in attendace. S/O to Shah Milli and SlimJoeCool!
C. Pitt messing around back stage as usual.
C. Pitt killed his performance while rocking the Dez Mai Tee 2.Food truck lovin.
The whole day was a lot of fun and I can't wait till next year!
Here's the second mix of my EDM Trap project, Speaker Breaker! You can stream and download below and get ready to turn up all summer cause were bringing all sorts of different stuff. Stay tuned on the blog for more. Until then, Enjoy!
My friends over at Socially Incorporated invited me out to the Danny Brown show downtown on Friday and it was a good night. Make sure to check out the video and more pics below.
Last week one of my favorite artists TheeBlackMonroe stopped by the UxU Lab to talk and catch us up on what she's been up to. She showed us the London Zhiloh collab tee with GOLD and I showed her our newest release for 420. I shot a quick video that you can see below.
Good morning UxU fans. Here we are again with another riveting DMV artist, District Dre.
His current project, The Sixth Man , is a showcase of his skills. Lyricism and flow is what District Dre consistently provides for his fans. These skills are beyond the expertise of a normal rapper. You can tell that his craft has everything… he has that “it” factor. This mixtape is no joke and it shows a distinct skill level that many rappers have a hard time to grasp.
The Sixth Man refers to metaphorically getting off the bench and coming into the game with a complete hunger for success.
District Dre also has a body of work that shows his dedication to his music. He has three mixtapes: The Strategy, The Strategy Vol. 2, and The Strategy Vol. 3 . His work ethic is relentless as he continues to grind on his craft and become one of the best in the DMV to make it in this hip hop game.
District Dre was greatly influenced by his relative and fellow rapper Young Fresh. His lyrical influence was based on rappers he grew up on such as Jay Z and Eminem. Currently, Drake and Big Sean can be heard booming through his headphones. This DMV rapper takes his craftsmanship very serious. His flow is his own. You can tell that he has taken his time to mold his own sound and maintain originality.
"At the end of the day you need to sound like you’re not like everyone else. That's how you stay relevant," he said. District Dre defines his style as versatile. From his “turnt up” flow over hype beats to his soul hitting messages on smooth beats. He can do it all. The song “Life” from his project The Strategy Vol. 3 displays those important messages on a seamless beat. He hopes that his current project The Sixth Man will finally increase his buzz. He wants to be able to continue blessing the streets with that much-needed music.
His next mixtape is due to drop this summer. This on-edge anticipation is definitely what the people need this summer. The UxU team can't wait for it to drop.
District Dre is on twitter @DistrictDre202 and on IG @DistrictDre. Also, subscribe to his YouTube channel: DistrictDreDC. Download his mixtape The Sixth Manother previous projects at datpiff.com.
Make sure you follow the team on Twitter and IG @uxudmv ASAP! Be sure to cop some gear for the spring season and be on the lookout for coming sales. You know you want it!
Remember: You are only unique if you stand out as individual... Why fit in? That's so boring. Be Uncontemporary.
Good morning UxU fans. We got another one!
This artist reps his New Orleans roots, but currently resides in the DMV. He goes by the name of Joey Phantom.
His most recent project, I Am What I Am is a self-proclamation. He is a product of what he has endured, but that is not the end of his story. This album is a look into his life. Phantom’s lyrics are honest and his entire flow emanates a cool vibe. The beats on his mixtape are definitely something to chill and ride to. His music is a direct reflection of who he has become and why. “I’m really calm,” he said. “When you rap to calm beats, you can really hear yourself and you can really see things and put them into perspective.”
Phantom listens to more old school Hip Hop than anything else, and he appreciates the first heavyweights. He listens to a lot of Outkast, Biggie, Nas, Scarface, Jay-Z, and the list goes on. He even credits the late Soulja Slim as a direct influence to his style and flow. Although he does listen to A$AP, Ace Hood and a few others, old school is where he tends to float back to for inspiration.
“I’m a rapper,” Phantom said. “You can’t be out here listening to everybody’s songs because you don’t want to sound like them. I want to sound like one of those guys.”
Messages and the sound of Hip Hop are completely different nowadays. Phantom wants to bring back the old school vibe to Hip Hop. He believes that music now is completely different and doesn’t reflect the same passion and honesty from its beginnings. He wants to revamp it, but still maintain its authenticity.
“Music is twisting and turning,” he said. “It’s going everywhere. You gotta grab hold of it and pull some of it your way.”
Phantom defines his style as versatile, but he doesn’t want his music to reflect Gangsta Rap. He knows that all eyes are on him, and he wants to lead by example. Phantom believes that youth are a huge following in Hip Hop and he wants to help influence them positively.
“It’s all about your image,” he said. “You gotta get people to follow you and believe in you. All it is is influencing the youth, and you gotta influence them the right way. I have to show people that there’s more to life.”
He hopes that one day he’ll be able to give back to his community in a way that will help them prosper. Phantom says that “you can’t eat and watch everyone else starve.” It’s important to know where you came from and not leave those that helped you behind.
Here are some other things we asked Phantom:
Favorite track on his mixtape:
“Hallucination” make sure you check it out!!
Direct influence on his life currently:
Jay-Z…admires his grind, come-up, and humble beginnings
Future collabs, dead or alive:
Tupac, Biggie, and Soulja Slim
Currently listening to:
Lil’ Wayne, Jay-Z, and Nas
His second project is in the works, so be on the lookout for it within the next few months. Phantom says that this one will be stronger and very different. His style changes often. Until then, download
I Am What I Am
on DatPiff.com sooner than later.
Joey Phantom is on Twitter and InstaGram, so go him some love ASAP @JoeyPhantom504. Follow us on Twitter and InstaGram @uxudmv.
‘Til next week, be unique and don’t settle for less. Be Uncontemporary.