The Beauty In All

Oddisee Ft. Diamond District – “Bonus Flow”

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It's hard to believe that it's been four years since DMV supergroup Diamond District released their seminal debut album In The Ruff.

Uptown XO

Uptown XO – “Finding My Way” Video

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"My grind got me this far, still don't know where I'm goin' And I may not be here when the shit soaks in My time's not here, I'ma wait for the moment Til' then, we move forward on faith not knowing.

Uptown XO

Uptown XO – “Rugged” Video

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Not unlike the title to his latest mixtape, The Color Gray, DC rapper Uptown XO occupies the shaded areas between street lyricism and conscious content.

Uptown XO

Uptown XO Feat. AB The Pro – “Petey Greene” Video

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“F*ck the government, F*ck the motherfuckin’ government” is a bit more jarring to hear these days as the opening lines of a Hip-Hop song, than it was in say…the early '90s.

XO

XO (Of Diamond District) – “Errybody” Video

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Hip-Hop once only comprised a small sliver of the musical activities that took place at SXSW.

yU

yU – “If U Down”

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On “If U Down,” the first single from the Diamond District member's sophomore album The Earn, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/yu">yU</a> combats empty rhetoric with harsh truth about himself, his surroundings and his art form.

yU

yU – A Garbage Beat Tape

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/yu">yU’s</a> best known for his work on the microphone, whether he’s on the solo tip or doing his thing as one-third of <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/diamond-district">Diamond District</a>.

Uptown XO

Uptown XO – “Tol’ U So” Video x Monumental II (Free Album)

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More polished than ever, and shining accordingly, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/uptown-xo">Uptown XO</a> and his <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/diamond-district">Diamond District</a> family, Oddissee and yU, return with the video for the confident firecracker <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/08/new-music-diamond-district-feat-fat-trel-tol-u-so">“Tol' You So.”</a> Even without original collaborator Fat Trel, the crew brings more than enough energy to the visuals for the string-laden neck-snapper.

yU

Oddisee Feat. yU – “Still Doing It”

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Following a pretty kickass verse on <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/08/new-music-diamond-district-feat-fat-trel-tol-u-so">"Tol' U So,"</a> <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/oddisee">Oddisee's</a> back behind the boards for his new instrumental album, Rock Creek Park, and its first single, "Still Doing It.

yU

Diamond District Feat. Fat Trel – “Tol’ U So”

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Uptown XO links with <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/diamond-district">Diamond District</a> brethren yU, Oddisee and fellow DMV-repper <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/fat-trel">Fat Trel</a> for "Tol' U So," a track set to be included on XO's next project Monumental 2.

The Blindside LP

Riz – “Whole World See It” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=193757"> These days, artists have to go to great lengths to stand out. Whether it's eating cockroaches or assuming another man's identity, music just isn't enough anymore. Putting on such misleading fronts happens to be the theme of "Whole World See It," from Harlem's own <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/riz">Riz</a>.

Oddisee

Oddisee – “I’m From PG” x “Ci’iy Life” Video

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<a href="http://www.fatbeats.com/products/oddisee-odd-seasons-cd"> Staying with the Mello Music theme, another extension of Diamond District, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/oddisee">Oddisee</a>, just released Odd Seasons, the compiled version of the heavily acclaimed series of separate seasonal EPs that released over the course of a year.

yU

yU Of Diamond District – Before Taxes

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/yu-native"> A while back, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/yu">yU</a>, one-third of Diamond District, released his solo effort, Before Taxes to critical acclaim.

MUSIC

Diamond District – In The Ruff Instrumentals

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<a href="http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-ruff-intrumentals"> <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/mello-music-group">Mello Music Group</a> stays winning.

The Reset

Apollo Brown Feat. Diamond District – “Streets Won’t Let Me Chill (Remix)”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/download-apollo-brown-feat-diamond-district-streets-wont-let-me-chill-remix"> I've seen <a href="http://www.myspace.com/thevintagemovement">Apollo Brown</a> win a few battles with beats at <a href="http://www.detroitrap.com/">DetroitRap.com's</a> Monthly Mixers, so when word came through that this Grand Rapids resident remixed Diamond District's "Streets Won't Let Me Chill," my mouse got to clicking.

yU

yU “Before Taxes” Nike Dunk Winners Announced

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First and foremost, thanks to all that entered <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/win-a-free-pair-of-yu-before-taxes-nike-dunks">the yU "Before Taxes" Giveaway</a>.

yU

Reminder: Enter To Win yU’s “Before Taxes” Nike Dunks

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/win-a-free-pair-of-yu-before-taxes-nike-dunks"> Reminder: Make sure your name is in the hat. Enter to <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/win-a-free-pair-of-yu-before-taxes-nike-dunks">win yU's "Before Taxes" Nike Dunks</a>.

Oddisee

Oddisee – Odd Spring

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Diamond District's <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/oddisee">Oddisee</a> is the kind of guy to see things through.

yU

For The Free: yU’s “Before Taxes” Nike Dunks

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/win-a-free-pair-of-yu-before-taxes-nike-dunks"> <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/yu">yU</a>, one-third of the celebrated group Diamond District, recently released a new solo album, Before Taxes, released April 13th via Mello Music Group.


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