VIDEO: Fresh off of the Press – Mike D’ Angelo “Humble Beginnings Pt. 1”

Mike D’Angelo is taking the DMV by storm.  He is a thriving Hip-Hop artist pushing the limits as a community leader and activist and lyrical MC.  He recently won “Breakout Artist of the Year,” at the DMV’s Annual Titan Awards, where the winner is based off of a voting system.  Mike also recently held a benefit concert for the family of  James Anthony Smith, a local teenager killed in SE, Washington, DC over a pair of Jordans, that his mother bought him as an early Christmas present.

Back in August, Dre Black had the pleasure of spending some time with Mike, where they went back to Mike’s childhood neighborhood located in Edgewood NE, Washington, DC.  From there they went on what was supposed to be a 15 min interview to a 4 hour day of great footage of Mike in his element.

Watch the he first segment “Humble Beginnings” below:

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VLOG: FRESH OFF THE PRESS PREVIEW: MIKE D’ANGELO

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Fresh of the Press debuts a new preview video of the upcoming vlog series which is set to cover an array of entertainment/media and community activism/leadership in the DMV area and abroad. First up is Mike D’Angelo, upcoming artist from Edgewood Northeast, DC who has been grinding it out and making a name for himself.  He recently signed a deal with MHG/Cash Money and has a real story to tell. Check out the preview below:

New Music: Dre Black – “All Night Long”

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DC singer/songwriter Dre Black releases his new song “All Night Long,” as he prepares to debut the song at the Coast 2 Coast Music Showcase in LA this Sunday.  With his primary focus being his new Music Development & Publishing company, Motivated Elevation, LLC, Dre has transitioned into businessman.  He is now using his voice to demo tracks that he has written with business parter/producer ProjectGeniusCreationz for other artists. Also, honing in on Artist Development and Brand Imaging.

Dre is hard at work on his own EP, PerspectiveS which has been in the making for about a year. “You can’t force your creativity, you have to be inspired…and not let time force the process/experience,”Dre said.  The EP will be an eclectic mix of R&B/Soul and classic Hip-Hop with a hint of Trap and Dance.

Take a listen to All Night Long:

DC STAND UP: Chaz French Signs to Motown Records

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DC rapper, Chaz French has been grinding out for the past few years gaining national attention.  He released his debut mixtape back in 2014 with Happy Belated and has been gaining momentum ever since. Yesterday, French signed a new joint label deal with Motown/Capitol Records and his 368 Music Group, co-founded by singer Raheem Devaughn.

He also released his first single under the new deal called “Way Out.”

In a statement to Billboard, Chaz stated that “I’m happy for my label 368 and I love my new Motown family,” French, who was born in D.C. and raised in Maryland.  He has an incredible story, one who has endured both homelessness and a near-fatal car crash in his past.  “I’m super excited to represent the DMV. It’s not just about me, it’s about all of us.”

Check out his new single below:

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: EAT: ELEVATE ALL THE TIME, LLC – Malik Jarrett

What is EAT? Many are asking and wondering what the three-word lettering stands for and it’s relevance. Well, it stands for Elevate All the Time and the BRAND is spreading like a wildfire.

Initially starting off as a photographer and stamping his photos with his now recognizable and popular eat.. logo.  Malik Jarrett has now transitioned into one of the hottest local brands since the days of other popular brands Madness,  Visu Mchunu, All Daz and WE R One.  However, for Malik it appears that he has expanded on the concept of what brand recognition is and has taken his apparel line to the next level by doing pop-up shops all around the city, engaging young black males with his BOYS EAT program at Ketchum ES in Washington, DC promoting community strengthening and character, and being in high demand as word of mouth has pushed the brand to even higher levels.

All Homage which was created out of Malik’s love for photography and capturing moments created the phrase because he believes in giving respect and credit where it’s due. #Ifyoudonteatyoudieinthestreets is his hashtag and slogan, inciting that EAT is for the culture and the city of Washington.  His goal is to be relevant, he wants to be known 50 years from now where his brand will still be going strong. Malik says that it is not about the money for him. He wants to see everybody win!!

Malik says that his influences are his life experiences which have shaped his view of life. His biggest inspiration is beautiful females where he gets some of his greatest ideas. Malik’s creative juices also get flowing in the morning time when he feels like his best self.  He believes that GOD is his greatest leader and fully follows the path that he has paved for him.

Malik and his team recently visited Bali, Indonesia and spread some EAT inspiration to the locals and children.


Malik’s BOYS EAT program is 9-week program that teaches young men values to become kings and to walk with honor. He encourages them to use their creativity and not to be afraid to be themselves.  The boys also get to learn first hand about photography from Malik himself.  The BOYS EAT program could use NEW disposable cameras and monetary donations to continue the program. If you would like to make a donation or monetary contribution, visit http://www.allhomage.com.

Let’s continue to support our black business owners and anything positive in our community. Malik has definitely stepped up to the plate ensuring that he has the backs of others as long as you got his!!  We all deserve to EAT!

#IFYOUDONTEATYOUDIEINTHESTREETS #ALLHOMAGE

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Creator/CEO/Founder – Malik Jarrett 

For more information about EAT and AllHomage please visit http://www.allhomage.com to order your EAT gear today.

Instagram: @allhomage

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – DC PROPHITT

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Pro-Payne the D.C Prophitt, was born Juley Rome Harris ( Ju – LAY ) of  Northeast Washington DC.  His mother who was deaf, died when he was only 10 years old and had to  grow up not knowing who his father was.  Out the gate, it seemed as if PROPHITT was already defeated.  However;  PROPHITT chose his own steps. He took  an interest in making music at only 13, initially influenced by his older brother.  But with no real guidance PROPHITT would guide himself down a road filled with numerous encounters with the law.

At age 15, PROPHITT was sentenced to 6 months in a juvenile detention center for over $500.00 in theft, this would lead to a charge of breaking & entering. During his sentence, his 6 month bid turned into 18 Months.  He returned back home at the age of 17, where he began to focus on a career in music. However, that unfortunately came to a halt!  He got locked up again for burglary at the age 18 and was sentenced to 8 Months in a detention center. Only 32 days after his release, PROPHITT was detained again for armed carjacking & kidnapping. He served 4 years of a 3 year sentence.

When you listen to PROPHITT’S music you can hear the raw emotion and passion behind his rhymes. He delivers first hand knowledge of how he is channeling a better life for himself through his music.

PROPHITT is also no stranger to the media.  He was featured in the news and the blogs on two separate occasions within the past two years: one incident involving rap group Migos and secondly and unfortunate incident where PROPHITT was arrested in Maryland after police allegedly saw his girlfriend breastfeeding their baby in the front seat of his car.

The Migos drama stemmed from when the rap group was in DC and member Quavo’s chain was infamously stolen.   At the time PROPHITT acted as Migos plug here in the DC area. He even tried to mediate the situation with fellow DC rapper, DC Goon Pablo who claimed that he had stolen the chain. Ultimately, the situation didn’t any get better and PROPHITT still has some unresolved issues about the situation, which he plans to address in a new diss track.

Then last December PROPHITT experienced what a lot of the world has seen play out in the media when it comes to being detained by the police, an unlawful arrest! He was arrested and convicted of disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order and driving with an unrestrained child in the front seat.

He he was handed a 120-day suspended sentence, two years of probation and community service.

All of the trials that PROPHITT has experienced only makes his journey that much worth it.  He aims at reaching those individuals who may have had similar experiences and sheds light on issues that affect many in the black community.  It gives PROPHITT’S music that much more meaning!  You hear the struggle, the pain, the hunger and his destiny for success.

Be on the look out for PROPHITT’S new mixtape: “Promise to Prophitt” coming soon!!

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Check out PROPHITT’S latest single “Anyway”

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Twitter: iam_dc_prophitt

Instagram: iam_dc_prophitt

Youtube:   2LAW TV

For more information about DC PROPHITT including features, interviews, or performances, please email 2lawman.prod@gmail.com or call 202-489-4948.

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Artist Spotlight: #RIP Akil Nadir (Claude Lumpkins) DC Hip-Hop Extraordinaire

Unfortunately, on Friday, April 11th, 2014,  a genuine, down to earth, fellow artist, lyricist, MC, Father, and friend departed this earth.   They say the good die young but also the creative geniuses of the world.  His music touched many and inspired a plethora of artists and like minded individuals especially in the Washington, DC area. His kind and humorous demeanor would have you in tears but brought the kind of joy that would make anyone smile. I dedicate this blog post to Claude and to spread his message of peace and consciousness.  We must take the time out to uplift and reach out to our fellow brethren who may or may not be going through the struggle.  It is our duty to lend helping hands when our loved ones are in need and to continue to support them no matter what!!  Sometimes we don’t know the personal battles that people go through, which is why it even more important to wholeheartedly love one another without judgement and pray for one another.  For those who didn’t know Claude, check some of his music and links out below.  REST IN POWER BROTHER!!

Akil Nadir was a Washington, DC native who spent his teenage years immersed in the city’s burgeoning hip hop scene, popping in and out of street corner ciphers and performing in night clubs in the historic U Street neighborhood. He gained a reputation for being fiery and unpredictable with a work ethic that defied his age. After graduating from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, he attended North Carolina Central University in Durham―classmates with Foreign Exchange members Phonte and Yahzarah―and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. Soon after graduation he returned to his hometown and discovered his second passion, education. He has been teaching English in DC ever since―eventually earning a Master of Science in Educational Administration―but has never given up on his first love. He has enjoyed some modest popularity over the years as an independent artist, but he remains one of the capital city’s best kept secrets. His style is a healthy combination of bravado, consciousness and humor. It seems like an impossible balancing act, but he pulls it off effortlessly. In the end, it feels like someone crammed all your favorite emcees into one body, taught it to read and then let it loose on the world.

Support and Download his music HERE!!

Links:

http://www.akilnadir.com/

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