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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Area-301

Recommended if you like: Outkast/Roots infused with Limp Bizkit/Chili peppers

Story behind your band/artist name: We're all proud products from the hometown of Maryland. So our name represents our home base AREA301

Band Members: Jumaane Face (Vocals), Tricky Nicky (vocals), J Mackie (vocals), Lady G (vocals), Mark "Showtime" Brown (drums), Linwood Battle Jr (keys), Reggie Maddox (bass), Clint Hardnet (guitar)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : We're an 8 piece band so we're all spread throughout the DMV area. We consider our home base Annapolis MD.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Won the Maryland Music Awards (MMA's) for best new hip-hop band 2016
Won the DMV Underground Awards for best hip-hop band 2016
We run our own Nonprofit called 301Cares. Host various community events (Coats for the Homeless concert, Toys for Kids Drive, Halloween Party gave out costumes to kids, etc...) We're planning a huge community 301 Day event end of summer 2017 @ a park inviting several other local bands to come participate, food vendors & crafts to help raise monies for local families/charities in need.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We're not your typical everyday covers band... we perform mostly our original music with sprinkles of popular covers in all genres of music mixed in...

Official Website URL: www.area-301.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/area301band/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/area-301/id1205225091

Spotify Link:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/4MQLCqdBJ2m6UWjn1bDANb

Other Links: https://www.instagram.com/area301/
vimeo.com/104529969

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: We're a fusion of musical genres ban. You have rhyme mixed with r&b, hip hop, elements of electric guitar, jazz, funk and go-go with a pop sound. We're extremely diverse musically.

Ardamus

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Band/Artist Name: Ardamus

Recommended if you like: I have been compared to Ice Cube, Jay-Z, Rza, Raekwon, Hieroglyphics, and etc. If you have never heard of me, I'd say something like a mix between the Gorillaz

Band Members: Ardamus - emcee/beatmaker/producer

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : I am currently in Northeast within the Fort Totten area.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: (1) I randomly ran into Ian McKaye from Fugazi in front of Kaffa House on U Street years ago when it was open. A bunch of us were free styling outside of the venue because we were supposed to have a hip hop night there but we couldn't since there was a band playing inside. Ian comes outside and watches us freestyle and he's intrigued by it. I talk to him and I got his contact and he called leaving a message. I lost his phone number and didn't run into him years later. One of my good friends was roommates with the drummer, Jerry Busher, from Fugazi. Then me and him became good friends and worked on some music years later. And eventually, I ran back into Ian and if I recall he remembered from that night. 
(2) When I used to live in Anacostia, I got robbed a few times. One time, I got robbed and I was completely broke and devastated. Within the next few days, there was a rap battle at Velvet Lounge some people I knew were throwing. All the frustration built up in me and I won the battle and some money for the week that night. Crazy I know. 
(3) Most people don't know this but some people know that legendary DJ Harry Hotta is literally my brotha. Known the guy for years. We constantly try to work on our Art Hotta project and we argue so much about music that it sometimes never happens. LOL. But we always hang out and shoot the breeze. But we fight because he'll dog me about how music I may put out and not getting into some of the newer stuff. We eventually meet on common grounds but the conversations are always funny and they get funnier over the years.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I want to do a tour so if people are interested in helping me crowd fund this ordeal, let me know. LOL. Also, I am part of Delegation Music which includes RNL, Edword Asis, and Prowess The Testament.

Official Website URL: ardamus.bandcamp.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/arda.mus

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ardamus/id272114111

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1N7VLoN0DVpiL1ipHKHNoo

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: trip hop, bossa nova, jazz, future bass, indie

allthebestkids

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Band/Artist Name: allthebestkids

Recommended if you like: The Flaming Lips, The Notorious BIG,

Band Members: Cody (lead vocals), Anya (vocals), Christi (piano & vocals), Erik (drums), Will (guitar), Kevin (bass), Robert (synth), David (sax), Wes (trombone)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : DC , NW

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: We put together a biggie tribute show at howard theatre in 2014 that included 30 mcs and vocalists. We also got lil cease to come out, who grew up wtih and rapped with biggie smalls. 

We built a custom lighting curtain for the band. we also built a confetti cannon. 

Our album was recorded in Nov 2014, had some post production work done, and then we sent it our mixer in march of 2015. The mixing engineer stole our money and strung us along for 6 months

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: we keep working on new stuff. heading back to the studio next month to lay down a few new songs

Official Website URL: www.allthebestkids.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/allthebestkids

iTunes Link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/allthebestkids/1160392583

Spotify Link:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/5LXldWL4t6HLZaRB8H26p9

Other Links: www.allthebestkids.bandcamp.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd3OfReZdkg <-- be sure to watch til the end

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: alt hip hop, rock, indie, jazz, pop, industrial

Beau Young Prince

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: BEAU YOUNG PRINCE

Recommended if you like: Andre 3K

Story behind your band/artist name: Beau Young is my real name. I am the only son of my mother so everyone always called me Prince!

Band Members:

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : District of Columbia

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Beau Young Prince had his first big rap show in 2010 opening for Wale in front of a sold out crowd. 
Beau Young Prince was the first DC artist to perform at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in 2017. 
Beau Young Prince pioneered the genre future bounce along with other DC acts.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: www.youngfutura.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/beauyoungprince

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/until-then-feat-yalamusiq/id1088249254

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/6PuAwuUdBfPzYCPIKCn0Qv

Other Links: https://twitter.com/BeauYoungPrince

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: R&B, Groovewave, Soul, Funk, Disco

Black Alley

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Band/Artist Name: Black Alley

Recommended if you like: Arctic Monkeys x Paramore x Erykah Badu

Story behind your band/artist name:

Band Members: Kacey (Lead Vocal); Danny aka Animal (Drums); JoshOnBass (Bass); Ant aka Red Shredder (Lead Guitar); Bo Beedy (Percussion)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : SE; started in the basement of a house on 46th Street, SE

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1.) We crank.
2.) We crank.
3.) We crank.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Black Alley is... #HoodRock ear candy since 2008. And, oh yeah... we crank.

Official Website URL: www.blackalleyband.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/blackalley

iTunes Link: https://itun.es/us/YvHAgb

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4O7xE3mpAOnolHQovF4C2R

Other Links: www.blackalley.bandcamp.com
@weareblackalley (IG)
@weareblackalley (Twitter)

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Hip Hop

Cosmic Romp

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Cosmic Romp; Cause-mick Romp

Recommended if you like: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, James Brown

Story behind your band/artist name: ET and Ben met via the Flashband Hip-Hop Showcase in 2014, their band was called ET’s 3 Hour Tour. The name ET’s Cosmic Romp was suggested, and then shortened to just Cosmic Romp.

Band Members: Eric Taylor (ET)-vocals, David Rothman-guitar, Ben Trajtenberg-bass, Joseph Wood-drums

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Homebase for Cosmic Romp is 7DC, so North Capitol area.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: -Founding members ET, David, and Ben all met each other via playing Flashband showcases. 7DC Owner Miles Ryan was a founding member/original drummer
-ET and David are DC-area natives
-Current drummer Joe used to play for The Perfectionists

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: While the EP was released quietly on 3/21/18, the EP Release Party will be on 6/22/18 at Ugly Mug!

Official Website URL: Www.cosmicromp.com

Facebook URL: Facebook.com/cosmicromp

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/alien-funk/1361907062

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/279yuKBpYYLALfxVY9XRp5

Other Links: Twitter.com/CosmicRomp
Instagram.com/cosmicromp

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: Funk, rock, jazz

Dr Badlove and the Remedies

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Dr. Badlove and the Remedies / Doc-tor Bad Love and the Re-me-dees

Recommended if you like:  It’s a little like Jamiroquai, or if Sean Paul was the singer of the Black Eyed Peas while they jammed with RDGLDGRN

Story behind your band/artist name:  The say as an artist you should write about what you know, which is how the name 'Dr. Bad Love' popped out. We tried it on and it fitted like a glove... the 'and the Remedies' part of our name sums up the playful side of our band. It sort of leaves of open the questions ‘which one of you is the doctor?’ and ‘what is the remedy for Bad Love?’

Band Members:  Chris (Chris B), lead vocal and MC / Phil, drums and percussion, vocals / Barry, Guitar, Bass, Synth, vocals

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC?   Chris and Phil were both born and raised in DC and Bethesda, respectively. Barry is from the UK but has lived in DC 13 years.. Dr. Badlove was born in Adams Morgan but our current base is in North Capitol.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area    Chris and Barrie were involved in the DC music scene for several years, but didn't meet through music - we met because Chris crashed one of Barrie's house parties.

Chris and Barrie met Phil on Craigslist. Experience told us to exercise a lot of caution when finding musical or romantic partners on Craigslist, but we ended up as friends and roommates.

Not using acoustic drums or amps, we thought we would be able to get away with rehearsing at one another’s homes. In reality our singing is still so loud we get called in as a domestic.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share?     As a band, Dr. Badlove is always working to go to the next level - musically and in our performances. We're still a relatively new act, so expect lots of change and new stuff with every show. Something unique we are working on is developing our live show to transition seamlessly between our songs - more like a DJ experience. We're also always looking for ways to incorporate more dance and theatre into our shows.

Website:  https://www.drbadlove.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/drbadlove/

iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dr-badlove-and-the-remedies/id1208260991

Spotify:  https://play.spotify.com/album/1FAmA8dfQS5AOVLlcpKfiV?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Other Social Media:  https://www.instagram.com/drbadlove/

Main Genre:  Hip Hop

Other Genres:  Funk, Tropical Bass, Electronic

Dumi RIGHT

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Band/Artist Name: Dumi RIGHT

Recommended if you like: Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Outkast, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar

Band Members: Dumi RIGHT vocalist, producer

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Northern Virginia

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: After I finished high school living in Zimbabwe, I landed my first recording contract when I sent a letter from Africa to a record exec that used to write for the Source magazine who was starting a label in LA.

I was just in Thailand for a month long residency teaching hip hop to youth in underserved communities through a program of the Department of State.

I have been in the DC Metro area since the late 90s and a career highlight was performing at the Smithsonian with Lamont Dozier the legendary Motown songwriter

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Additional Background:
Previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of a local non-profit, The Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW) for a number of years.

Awards include:
• Musical Innovator award as part of a Numark/Berklee College of Music competition
• Washington Area Music Award and several nominations
• Mid-Atlantic Songwriting contest Award winner

Professionally recorded and released six studio albums and one vinyl-only EP.
Releases have been sold in all the major digital outlets (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play) as well as in physical copy worldwide. All of these projects have received accolades and have been featured in publications all over the globe from the US to the UK, to South Africa, Japan, Italy, Germany and beyond.

His influence has been documented in numerous publications as well as in academic works of hip-hop history, including Say It Loud! The Story of Rap Music by K. Maurice Jones and The Hip Hop Wars by Tricia Rose.

Official Website URL: www.reverbnation.com/dumiright

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/dumirightmusic

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dumi-right/id155914790

Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/track/6kHg9ulLXamcVDniLQlXu1?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: rap

Dupont Brass

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: DuPont Brass / Duuu-Pont Br-ass

Recommended if you like: The Roots

Story behind your band/artist name: Our name came from our days of being a busking band and actually playing out at DuPont Circle/Metro during our undergraduate days to raise money for tuition.

Band Members: Isaac Bell IV, Deacon Izzy, VOCALS & MC / Anthony Daniel, Tony1Kenobii, Trumpet & Music Director / Jared Bailey, MK Zulu, Trumpet & MC / Jarvis Hooper, Jarvy Dent, Trombone / Matt Thompson, Trombone / Brent Gossett, Bass Heavy Slims, Sousaphone / Stan Banks, Stan Da Man, Drumset / Joe Wilson, Jeauxsmeaux, Keyboard / DeAnte Haggerty-Willis, Turn Up DeAnte, Guitar

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC :   DC, we are all currently spread all throughout DC and MD

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: DuPont Brass is an eclectic, soulful, brass ensemble hailing from the D.C. Metropolitan Area. Originally composed of five music majors from Howard University trying to raise money for tuition during the Christmas season, DuPont Brass has now grown to a 9-piece ensemble consisting of brass and a rhythm section. Gaining popularity from playing at local Metro stations, DuPont Brass started out professionally playing for local weddings, banquets, and other private events. Thanks to the foundation laid in their earlier years, DuPont Brass has had the opportunity to perform in conjunction with the D.C. Jazz Festival and on the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Touching the hearts of the community with their heartwarming testimony, DuPont Brass has been featured on WTOP's “Live at Five” twice and featured in the Washington Post Newspaper five times. Being trained in both classical and contemporary music, the young group has developed a sound that mixes varied genres of music, including jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. Overall, the mission of DuPont Brass is to uplift the spirits of people with their music, not just in the DMV area, but across the world. 

Official Website URL: www.dupontbrass.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/dupontbrass/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/crewsin-sounds-of-the-city/id927702425

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0k65PL08B1OYc76Wlh2hjT

Other Links: 
Album Smart link : http://smarturl.it/eclecticsoul
IG:https://www.instagram.com/dupontbrass/
Twttr: https://twitter.com/DuPontBrass?s=09

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: R&B, Soul, Funk, Indie, Jazz, Rap

Dior Ashley Brown

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Band/Artist Name: Dior Ashley Brown

Recommended if you like: Queen Latifah and Bahamadia

Story behind your band/artist name: Its my name, and we like to dAb on em'

Band Members: Dior Ashley Brown

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : NE, NW and all over. Current home base is the DMV.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: I went to high school with two of my band members Turk Gaines and David Suggs. 
My Grandfather owned a bicycle shop on 14th and V street and my grandmother styled hair on 14th and Corcoran next to the former location of Afro American Newspaper. 
I came out on the scene as an emcee with my fellow classmates with a group/label called Phatal records. 
I have been performing, producing, and curating in the DC music scene since I was in high school. 
I got to perform on stage with one of my favorite emcees NonChalant from NE DC, at Ras Lounge on Georgia Ave.
I am a part of REformance Art, 15 dc area artists did a video letter to Trump.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: www.diorashleybrown.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/diorashleybrownmusic

iTunes Link:  https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dior-ashley-brown/1037163838?app=itunes

Spotify Link:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/6HLNmLCu8yPRZoK5JF56OD

Other Links: https://soundcloud.com/diorashleybrown
https://twitter.com/DiorAshleyBrown
https://www.instagram.com/diorashleybrown/

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: Funk, Jazz, R&B, Reggae

ETA Money Roe

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: E. T. A. Money Roe

Recommended if you like: Tupac Shakur, Scarface, T.I, Jay-Z Nas

Story behind your band/artist name: Born with it

Band Members: Eta Money Roe

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Uptown DC. Born and Raised

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:Die Hard Redskins Fan, Attended DC Public Schools, Performed at the legendary Unifest and The legendary U st's, Future Fest at 13 years old.

Official Website URL: http://eleetmusicgroup.wixsite.com/etamusic

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/Eta-Money-Roe-412247438852751/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/eta-money-roe/id1205024148

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1I24Uax8GFAF1irt7ISLDK

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: Soul , R&B, Trap

Footwerk

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Footwerk, pronounced Foot Werk. Noun meaning the act or process of maneuvering, especially in a skillful manner

Recommended if you like: Chainsmokers meets N.E.R.D.

Story behind your band/artist name: The goal is to make your feet do some work on the dancefloor or tapping your toes while you're listening...

Band Members:

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : The DMV, We have members from DC, Maryland and Virginia so we rep the metro area equally.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Footwerk met on craigslist... nobody died, so that's a good thing. 

Kyle is actually born and raised in England and moved to a Virginia suburb of DC when he was a yout. 

Mel is born and raised in Northeast DC, her heartbeat is actually a Go-Go pocket, her veins pump Mumbo Sauce and she's never been inside the White House (and won't be going anytime soon...)

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: April '18 we go on a 16 city tour including Sunday, April 22nd at Songbyrd Music Cafe in Adams Morgan (DC)
March '18 we played 9:30 Club (SOLD OUT) w/ Soul Rebels. 
February '18 we played Bright Box Theater in VA (SOLD OUT). 
January '18 we released the Retrograde EP, receiving over 50 write ups in press and online. 
December '17 we played The Anthem (SOLD OUT) w/ SOJA.

Official Website URL: https://www.footwerkband.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/footwerkband

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/footwerk/574837065

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7yPIJdBv4Of7c9Q9glKGEz

Other Links: https://www.instagram.com/footwerkband

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: Alternative Hip Hop, Indie Pop, Electrobeat, Electronic Soul, Experimental Rap

G.U.M.P

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: G.U.M.P.

Recommended if you like: Bad Rabbits, Badbadnotgood, N.E.R.D.

Story behind your band/artist name: Tklein=GUMP

Band Members: Uno Hype(Vocals) Lee Badalov(Piano/Guitar) Joey Pappas (Bass) Zeeshan Shad(Drums)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : MD

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Lee looks like Justin Rhee
Uno is a yodeler at heart
Joey hangs out with dogs all day and hates most people. 
You don't want to know where Z has been for the last few hours.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: www.giveusmorepower.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/abandcalledgump

iTunes Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/g-u-m-p/id1264044464

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0n45Ka2qiPI662NSwV1YwY

Other Links: www.instagram.com/abandcalledgump
Soundcloud.com/abandcalledgump

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: alternative rock, jazz

Konshens The MC

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Konshens The MC (pronounced Conscience) / Classically Dope/ Konshens and his State of Mind

Recommended if you like: The Roots, Common, Black Thought, a hiphop version of Frankie Beverly and Maze, A Konshens version of The Hamilton

Story behind your band/artist name: The name Konshens is the phonetic spelling of the word Conscience which i thought looked boring on paper...lol i chose the name Konshens because i say what most really feel but are hesitant about expressing. Ive always been intrigued by the thought of others and what drives certain actions and responses.

Band Members: Konshens The MC - Lead vocalist, Natalie - Clarinet, Jimmy - Basoon, Lydia - Oboe, Brian - Sax, Ron - Pianist

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Born and raised in the Petworth section of Washington DC. (Kennedy st area to be exact). Where I still reside

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: My very first show was at Cease Fire Dont Smoke the Brothers on 14th St across from the bus loading station with my gogo band High Image. We opened for gogo legends at various clubs in DC including the La Pena, Palace Night Club, Felecitys Ballroom etc. The asian dude at the carryout knew me by name i ordered so much chicken wings and mambo sauce. The monument grounds cant compete with my block for fireworks on July 4th.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Governor, on the Grammy Chapter Board
Grammy Museum Teaching Artist
Hiphop Cultural Ambassador for the State Dept.

Official Website URL: Http://www.konshens.com

Facebook URL: http://www.facebook.com/konshensmusic

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/konshens-and-his-state-of-mind/397803619

Spotify Link: http://open.spotify.com/artist/0EnMtr4oPQrGZelXq96IBB?fo=1

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: Classical, soul, r&b, rap, gogo

Milk Money

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Milk Money (Stylized as MILK$), MILK-MUH-KNEE

Story behind your band/artist name: Because people love to milk money out of music, yet we're doing this for the love of it.

Recommended if you like: Kanye West (College Dropout Era, Early Wu Tang, think CREAM with some singing)

Band Members: Leaton (Parabellum Raps): MC, vocals, production, Kyle (Avervge - pronounced Average): producer, DJ, guitar, Greg (GoldFace Richy): MC, Vocals, Live performances include a rotating cast of musicians/instrumentalists

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Avervge lives in Parkview, DC but is from the other Washington (Seattle); Parabellum and Richy are both from and live in PG County

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Our latest project '$IDE A' is four tracks that play as one continuous side of a cassette. We pressed the project to a limited number of cassette tapes available on our Bandcamp page (comes with free digital download).

We are one part hip hop group and one part production group, having done an official remix for DC-based Caribbean band Empresarios ('The Vibes" MILK$ Remix)

Avervge used to be roommates with Bryan of Baby Bry Bry, who he introduced Parabellum to. The two ended up recording together and Parabellum was featured on "Hear, My Dear" off Bry's first album.

Official Website URL: https://milkdollarsign.bandcamp.com/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/milkdollarsign/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/royalty-feat-goldface-richy/id1254107398?i=1254107771

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/65GzdyKDHBAa7MH66Qioz2

Twitter: https://twitter.com/milkdollarsign
 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/milkdollarsign

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: Indie, Lo-fi

MICCA

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: MICCA (MEE -KA)

Recommended if you like: Nikki Minaj, Cardi B, Lady Gaga

Story behind your band/artist name: I was born with it. Simple stuff.lol

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Uptown DC, #petworth

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:I'm loud but love silents...I'm the only Luclie Ball in the room.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I'm a songwriter, producer, rapper and singer...but most of all I love my town of DC. Community first.

Official Website URL: Www.officiallymicca.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/officiallymicca

iTunes Link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/micca/1106721144

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1geLFWjdPjo438JYEUJDLg

Other Links: www.reverbnation.com/rpk/miccamusic

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Native Deen

Native Deen DC Music Rocks


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Each current band member: First&Last name, nickname (if any) and instrument: Naeem Muhammad, Abdul-Malik Ahmad, Joshua Salaam

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC? : We are just outside of DC in Northern VA. (Herndon)

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band that are related to persons/places/things/events that happened in the Washington DC area. Give us fun stuff, not normal bio stuff!: Hmmm, We did a music video on U street that was kind of cool. I AM NEAR. Check it out. There are scenes of us performing in the middle of the street. That was only possible because we were out there until 5am. But it was cool having people walk by and check us out. With all the cameras and lights, I'm sure they thought we were famous or something. But the motorcycle scene, the fight scene, the restaurant scene are all in DC.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share?: A lot of music videos on line, performed in many countries around the world. Maybe 15 countries and many more cities. Been together as a band since 2000.

Band/Artist Website (not Facebook): www.nativedeen.com

Band/Artist Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/nativedeen

iTunes Link:  https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/native-deen/128657787

Spotify Link:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/2HUF1cJNdxwv4Mxzk2b9FK

Night Train 357

Night Train 357 DC Music Rocks

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Night Train 357

Recommended if you like: Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Pharaohe Monch, Redman, Joell Ortiz, and Talib Kweli

Story behind your band/artist name: My father was a bass guitar player and CB radio enthusiast who's call sign was Night Train 357. After he died I took on the name the pay homage to him.

Band Members: Night Train 357, Rone, and DJ Teige

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Silver Spring, MD

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1) I received my 1st level black belt at the BAMS Martial Arts & Fitness in Laurel, MD.
2) By trade I'm a full time graphic designer.
3) I'm the biggest Transformers fan in the DMV! And no, not those Bayformer movies. Those suck!

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Night Train 357 (Train) is a creative emcee that enjoys infusing wordplay with subject matter not often touched upon in the Hip-Hop community. Train is the representative for the everyman. Not hood, nor rich – he’s in the middle, trying to make it through this world like everyone else. He tells stories with a twist, constantly reminding the listener how the average can be elevated beyond mediocrity. He’s a breath of fresh air, a change from the mundane, and
cure for the common cool.

Train began his career as an emcee while studying at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, D.C. His namesake, the original Night Train 357, was his father, an exceptional writer and bass guitarist. Following his footsteps, Train began to write while performing at open mics in the D.C. Metro Area, building a name for himself as an offbeat energetic performer with an old school lyrical style that was influence by mainstream and underground Hip-Hop of the mid-to-late 90’s. 

Train has performed with the likes of Black Sheep, Nonchalant, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, Slick Rick and Biz Markie as well as a long list of DJ’s, emcees, singers and musicians.

Official Website URL: nighttrain357.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/nighttrain357/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/night-train-357/id685771706

Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/artist/3eh29cqmlTsxlPO4WP9oDa?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Other Links: Full EPK: http://nighttrain357.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NGT17003_EPK_M1.pdf
 

Bandcamp Sitehttps://nighttrain.bandcamp.com/

Main Genre: Hip Hop

OnRaé LaTeal

OnRaé LaTeal

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: ONRAE LATEAL

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC :

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:I'm a music producer and educator who wanted to create an experience for Black girls and femmes to explore sisterhood through the cultural tradition of handgames and hip-hop. 

I spent over 5 years producing work for the top independent black owned radio station in the nation, W-HUR FM (Howard University Radio Network)

I gained my interest in music production after getting jealous of a high school classmate and have deemed that classmate as my lifetime rival.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Was contacted and requested by Daniel Hill to submit this form as he intends to interview Frankie, a member from Girls Rock! DC on May 15th. Daniel asked for me to submit my song to dcmusicrocks@gmail.com with the intention to feature the song along with Frankie's interview.

Official Website URL: ONRAELATEAL.COM

Facebook URL: FACEBOOK.COM/ONRAELATEAL

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/miss-mary-mack/1325835917?i=1325835927&app=music&utm_content=bufferd8e2e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer&ign-itsct=1325835927-1325835927&ign-itscg=0177&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/1G9yY76tbCnpmR7TfBnupe#upsell

Other Links: HANDGAMESPROJECT.BANDCAMP.COM

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Oddisee

Oddisee DC Music Rocks

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Band/Artist Name: Oddisee

Recommended if you like: Diamond District, Pharell, Lupe Fiasco

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: From Wikipedia:

Amir Mohamed el Khalifa,[2] better known by his stage name Oddisee, is an American rapper and producer from Washington, DC.[3] He is one third of Diamond District.[4] He was also part of the Low Budget Crew.

Oddisee was raised by his African American mother and Sudanese father. According to a National Public Radio interview with el Khalifa, Prince George's County is one of the wealthiest African American counties in the nation but borders some of the DC area's roughest parts.[6] He moved to Washington, DC after high school.[6]

In 2010, Oddisee released Traveling Man on Mello Music Group.[7] His Odd Spring mixtape was listed on the Washington Post's Best Local Hip-Hop mixtapes of 2010.[8] In 2011, Oddisee released Rock Creek Park, which was ranked as a Mixtape of the Week by Stereogum.[9] Odd Seasons, a collection of EPs released throughout the previous 12 months, was also released that year.[10]

In 2012, he released the album titled People Hear What They See.[11] The Beauty in All, his first instrumental release since Rock Creek Park, was released in 2013.[12] In that year, he also released Tangible Dream.[13] In 2015, he released The Good Fight.[14] In 2016, he released the EP, Alwasta, and the mixtape, The Odd Tape.[15]

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: http://oddisee.co/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/oddiseemusic/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/oddisee/id27760704

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/72tRiBHei5G9M8it4h4sfC

Other Links: https://oddisee.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/ODDISEE
https://www.instagram.com/oddisee/

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: Rap, R&B