yU and Uptown XO have easily recorded one of the best albums of 2014, not just hip-hop but all genres, mainstream and otherwise. As Diamond District, their album March On Washington (Mello Music Group) is not only a catch title, by it’s also a plea for help in terms of how to better the state of hip-hop today, that is if you feel that the music is in dire need. What works for me is that yU and Uptown XO rap with messages (both direct and coded) that need to be heard and figured out, although they are easy to understand. It sounds playful and yet are serious at the same time, as it sounds like a classic hip-hop even though it’s only a few weeks old as I write this. If it’s not easy to figure out, maybe it’s for good reason. There was a time when hip-hop spoke in double talk or was done in a way to be heard by those it was directed to, not meant for outsiders or intruders. If the plea is not for help, perhaps the plea is merely a need to be heard and celebrated as it used to be. The production by Oddisee is sharp and he easily places himself alongside the likes of 9th Wonder, Large Professor, and Madlib, choose any song on this album you’ll hear it. When it comes time to evaluate some of the best hip-hop of the decade of the 10’s, March On Washington should be placed on all lists.
yU and Slimkat have been coordinating with each other as The 1978ers and a new visual calculation has been made in the form of “One-Nine-7-T-8″, representing a year and perhaps a state of mind. The song will find its way onto their People Of Today
on Mello Music Group next week Tuesday (November 11th).
yU & Slimkat have some new music they want to share with you as the duo The 1978ers. This one is called P.O.T., released today, and they’ve released it as a free item for you to download. It’s a three part effort, so stream it to get a hit of what it’s about, then download it in full, free of charge. The EP is a preview of what’s to come on their forthcoming album, People Of Today (Mello Music Group).
March On Washington is the new album by Diamond District that was released today by Mello Music Group and if you want to give it a shot at first, the label has the album available in full via stream over at Bandcamp (as shown above). The product was produced and arranged by Oddisee, who has been… I was going to say “who has been active” but when is this guy not creating new music? If you’re a fan of his, you are sure to love this new project too, and if you’re already a fan of both YU and Uptown X.O., this will be one of the best projects of the year for you. Let everyone else know how you feel.
The 1978ers are a group that feature two people you may already be fans of, Slimkat and yU. Together they’ll be coming out with an album on 11/11 on Mello Music Group called People Of Today
, and if their union sounds too good to be true, then here’s the truth: “A People’s Intro Act 1”