MIXTAPE: Diamond District – Diamond Exchange
by Winston "Stone" Ford
Diamond District – I Mean Business (buy from iTunes)
If you only think of Wale when it comes to DC Hip-Hop, then its time to get educated about the other emerging talent that is coming out of the DMV (District, Maryland and Virginia). Case in point, the Diamond District (aka XO, Yu, and Oddisee), who are also making waves with their release In the Ruff, which drops officially on vinyl, CD & digital formats October 27th. The group just finished up a college tour of the South, as well as a nice slot at the AC3 Hip-Hop festival in Atlanta and are now gaining national and international recognition. including spins on Benji B’s Deviation show on BBC Radio. The lead track, “I Mean Business,” is a certified banger, and will definitely keep heads noddin’ this year.
In other DC Hip-Hop news, the Washington Post just did a huge spread on our city, featuring Wale, XO,Phil Ade, Kingin Slim, and Phil Ade. If you want a good primer about DC Hip-Hop, it is truly a must read. The most interesting note about the article is that Tabi (whom The Couch Sessions profiled way back in 2006) is teaming up with will.i.am to form a new pop group called the CryBabies.
And mark your calendars, because XO is Headlining our ALL KILLER NO FILLER event on November 5th!!