With a style that is as abrasive as it is welcoming, Emmanuel 'DDm' Moss is one of the most idiosyncratic voices on the burgeoning Baltimore City rap scene. Born in the Park Heights section of the city's west side, as a child DDm was introduced to hip hop while watching a Lil' Kim music video. After a car accident halted his studies in ballet and jazz dance as a teenager, he started rapping as ...a hobby while in recovery. Soon after, he began entering and winning local talent and rap battle competitions. Establishing himself as a premiere emcee on the underground circuit. In 2010, footage of a battle featuring DDm defeating another emcee using witty sexual innuendo went viral, sparking national debate on hip hop's relationship with the LGBT community. Playing shows across the United States and Canada to rave reviews, he has been featured in various publications such as Spin, Complex, Ebony and ThisIs50.com. DDm's singles 'Cold' and 'Killer Queen', have received spins on regional and college radio attracting indie and major label attention alike. In 2014 DDm will release a new project entitled 'Life On Sale'. Citing his hometown and inner city living as inspiration, the collection of songs is described as a homage to today's youth, and the issues they face in modern America. DDm @ Facebook » DDm @ Twitter » DDm @ Youtube » DDm @ Soundcloud » DDm @ Instagram »
Pleasure Curses are a duo based out of Washington DC/VA who take influences from new wave, disco, synth pop and early electronic dance music. They met while attending the same summer camp when they were 10 years old and started making music together again after a chance meeting a decade later.
A Washington DC based band / hip hop duo founded by members Sloane Amelia & Sugg Savage. Combining influences from rock, hip hop, the 90s, consciousness, and Caribbean upbringings, with a dash of peculiarity.
Hassani Kwess is a multi-talented hip-hop artist hailing from Washington, D.C. His rhetoric urges you to listen while the content of his songs combines influences of previous generations of hip-hop while infusing present trends to paint pictures of a world connected. His decision to journey into the music industry was influenced by the musical stylings of artist/groups such as De La Soul, Linkin Park, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G. and A Tribe Called Quest. The debut of his 2009 EP “Cross Into The Black” (XIB) placed him amongst the DMV’s rising stars as his singles “Summer 89,” “Jazz (Halftime)” and “Box of Shellz” were performed for receptive crowds throughout Washington D.C, Virginia and Maryland.
The Walking Sticks
Two thirds of the Walking Sticks met because they happened to have a mother in common. And the third came along because she happened to be the only other eighteen year old in the neighborhood with a professional recording career in the works. The trio hailing from Silver Spring, MD consists of twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and their soulful beyond her years lead singer Chelsea Lee.
The group first took off in 2011 as a vehicle for deep roots grooves and harmony but the Sticks have recently taken a few leaps into much different territory. After touring the more meditative and heavily acoustic debut album World So Bright, the twins began accumulating an arsenal of old synthesizers from garage sales around town. More importantly, they signed on their long time friend and collaborator Chelsea Lee, a young talent whose bluesy instincts the boys had been dying to get their hands on. The result: a fusion between a few old souls and a resurgence of youth.
The brand new EP Send the Night preaches a newfound love for saw waves and modern production but maintains a compositional approach more inspired by Laurel Canyon than Hollywood. The Ernst boys years of crooning CSN&Y in the bar is irremovable from the dreamy harmonies that weave through the mix. And with a new set of gadgets to accompany her, Chelsea Lee's classic rasp stands out as something entirely its own. While the new songs demand a little more sweat from the audience, the band's initial focus remains the same: to make great music.
Farma Wes is a hip-hop artist from Woodbridge, Virginia. He's had many shows with energetic performances and I've been known to be a Hip Hop artist with creative subject matter. Ea$t Coa$t $mooth
Me & This Army
The Baltimore, Maryland independent Rock/Alternative trio, Me and This Army, which began as a college acoustic project by guitarist and front woman, Courtney Hargrove, have been recruiting an army of loyal followers and fans with their quirky, poppy brand of rock with surgical strikes of Afro-Carribean grooves and driving bass-lines.The group, still in it's musical infancy, have already earned a coveted spot on the Warped Tour (The Ready Set, Gym Class Heroes) via a vote in contest and have been getting comparisons to early No Doubt, Paramore, Funeral Party, A Fine Frenzy and Freelance Whales.
Sheila D. Yeah
Sheila D Yeah has been performing in various states since her premiere single dropped. She's been featured on shows with MMG artist Fat Trel. She has headlined for Yo Gotti’s Road to Riches tour, performed at Dunk Xchange NYC, and various colleges in the DMV area. "I have a unique sound I like to call “Ratchet Pop," says Sheila. "A combination of Pop and Hip Hop music with the usage of heavy 808's. That is what I like to listen to so I incorporated it in my sound."
Ras Nebyu is an MC born and raised in Uptown Washington, DC. Exposed to Roots Reggae at very early age, listening to everything from Peter Tosh to Culture. Nebyu’s love for music quickly became an infatuation. With his influences ranging from a wide variety of MCs from Nas to Gucci Mane, Ras Nebyu manages to bridge the gap between socially conscious content and leisure listening without compromising his lyricals. He is the self-proclaimed, "starting point guard of the Washington Slizzards". With popular music videos (Futuristic Black Man & Washington Slizzards) under his belt and numerous articles in both the Washington Post and City Paper Nebyu is preparing to release his 2nd project, Ras Griffin III: Uptown Rookie Of The Year soon.