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Jay Verze Goes Cruisin’

September 28, 2012
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Jay Verze Goes Cruisin’

Jay Verze, who’s been rising up the ranks of the Baltimore hip hop scene lately and collaborating with other skinny young MCs like Rickie Jacobs and StarrZ, has been campaigning for Best New Artist at the upcoming Baltimore Music Awards. In August he dropped the album 21117 (TwoElevenSeventeen), named after his Owings Mills zip...
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Firewater Goes International at the Black Cat

September 20, 2012
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During Firewater’s set at the Black Cat’s Backstage room on Monday night, frontman Tod A. repeatedly addressed the audience as “Baltimore and Washington.” It felt like a possibly unintentional acknowledgment of the fact that, though the band has always drawn enthusiastic crowds in Baltimore, they skipped it over on this tour in favor of...
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Thrill Jockey Review

September 18, 2012
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By Michael Shank There was a slight chill in the night air as Thrill Jockey and Baltimore cuddled up for a long night at the Ram’s Head this past Thursday to celebrate Thrill Jockey’s twenty years in the business (to read more about Thrill Jockey and Baltimore’s ongoing affair head here). The night started...
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Bar Cardy Cheers On The Home Team in “I’m A Raven” Video

September 14, 2012
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Over the years there have been many attempts by Baltimore rappers to show appreciation for their home team with musical odes to the Ravens, particularly since Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa rode “Black And Yellow” to superstardom (Mullyman’s Baltimore-themed remix “Black And Purple” even cracked the Billboard R&B chart last year). Bar Cardy originally dropped “I’m...
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Caddy Da Don Links Up With 2 Chainz

September 7, 2012
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Caddy Da Don Links Up With 2 Chainz

Every couple years, a rapper becomes absolutely ubiquitous by sheer force of will, recording guest verses for every artist that will pay for them, from the smallest regional acts to the biggest major label stars. At one point it was Bun B, for quite a few years it’s been Lil Wayne, and in 2012...
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