15 Artists You Should Know From the DMV

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Compiled with help from Alex of Dope Music Blog and Modi of DCtoBC

You can't pin down the DMV. While so many other regions have an of-the-moment sound or style that defines their geographic location, the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) has dozens of things going on at once, all moving in different directions and crossing paths in the most surprising of ways.

In hip-hop alone, the region is bustling with disconnected movements, and aside from that there is pop, rock, electronic, and the undefinable all swirling around, drawing in influences from north and south. With so much going on, it can be hard to keep track of, but from the area that brought us Clipse, Beach House, Pharrell, Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and Wale, there's so much more to be explored. Here is some new music from the DMV that you should know.

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  • Edward Mobley

    no oddisee?

  • Confusion

    This is by no means comprehensive. Oddisee is dope and we’ve covered him on P&P but this was more about up-and-comers that people need to get familiar with. Oddisee’s been one of the premier rappers in DC for years.

  • Kleeberg

    Love these types of posts. Keep ‘em coming!

  • SNACKHEEM

    be on the look out for VANN DAMM , 2Oyr old rap artist from Maryland.

    https://soundcloud.com/veryrareworldwide

  • KINGLY ONE

    Of course this is not definitive but where are the Richmond artists? It’s like Rva is bypassed totally when talking about the “DMV”

  • GabeNiles YDS Sunny&Gabe

    Yeah i think Nickelus F shouldve got some burn, but solid list/dope artists! Appreciate the love as always PP!! – Sunny & Gabe

  • THEHLLYWD$

    LOLOL! But yall be fronting on Southern VA artists like they not apart of the “DMV”, so this is pretty fucking funny

  • Alexander Banksy

    after compiling the list I felt as if I dropped the ball on not including Nickelus F, I’m not nearly as familiar with Richmond’s scene compared to others

  • Krizzle

    No oddisee? No dtmd?

  • THEHLLYWD$

    No you didnt, as Confusion stated, its up and coming artists. Nick F been around since 106 And Park dawg

  • Confusion

    Who would you have included? Who’s rising in Southern VA right now?

  • THEHLLYWD$

    you named em. Young Money Yawn, Sunny and Gabe, and the creator of the “southside” coin just started DJ’n “@Yunggotit4cheap” on twitter, who has been doing screw mixes and stuff beforehand. Very Rare who did the production on Asap Ferg “Hood Pope”, and @Marley_San from the group Shaolin Park. But the main focus is on YUNGGOTIT4CHEAP.

  • GabeNiles YDS Sunny&Gabe

    yeh YungGotIt is dope

  • Aestheticize

    #GRAMFAM2K14

  • http://teleportteam.com Mikealis

    http://www.TeleportTeam.com 757 southern VA >> Consistently touring VA, NYC & LA

  • Samwell Zooker

    what about logic? i feel like he’s the most slept on

  • keith

    What about rime crazy? Oochie? CROOKS?

  • Aerial Belvedere

    Young Belvedere should have def been on that list

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7mIf7wAfGE

  • Alexander Banksy

    first time hearing dude, but this is actually pretty cool

  • Anus McDouche

    yeah doesn’t nick f and drake have songs together way back from like 2006?

  • SUNNY

    SWEET PETEYYYYYY

  • SunGod

    How tf did Brent Faiyaz not get on this list? He premiered through an OVO affiliate…

  • ~collectingkickssince91~

    you’re hip!! nigga definitely is more musical than 90 percent of this list. Especially for his age.

  • darron

    Real shit. Black Child was XXL worthy. him and Nick F got robbed.

  • TorontoNative

    he makes beats like 40 trained em lol def shoulda made noise wit the ALife cosign

  • darron

    but you leave out Brent Faiyaz? tell me you didn’t rob him.. https://soundcloud.com/brentfaiyaz/sets/brent-faiyaz-black-child-ep

  • Td0t_mikey92

    yezzirr! LoKi shitt! MD nigga with an NY Toronto fanbase.#eastendparadise …i know OVO’s gnna pick him up

  • *SARAHALMIGHTY*

    lol. Faiyaz / Paradise fans are relentless! but really though…he made that in his bedroom?

  • JessDancee
  • Voiceofillreason

    East End Paradise (Brent Faiyaz) definitely deserved to be on there. Most of his fanbase is up top but thats only because of his cosign. Hes from MD though. I know that whole LoKi clique.

  • THEHLLYWD$

    Glad somebody know. He won a Freestyle Friday series back when I was mad young.

  • FLYNN

    Yall never heard of the richmond duo ADAM ZEE?? Dag, yall really slippin. They about to creep up on niggas

  • TheeRedFox

    yaaaaaay!

  • scarlett

    logic is already signed lol

  • !

    Although the term “DMV” is pretty silly, it actually refers to DC and the areas of Maryland and Virginia that are close to the city, the DC metropolitan area. It doesn’t make sense to try to lump Baltimore, Norfolk/VA Beach, Richmond or wherever in with this category, they’ve had their own music scenes for quite some time. Despite this, I enjoyed the compilation.

  • Quise Watson

    …sad. for an area with such a strong, unique, deeply rooted music culture, theres not a single Go-Go band on the list. and people wonder why folks from the actual city of DC dont use the term DMV.

  • Ryan

    What about Phil Ade????

  • Diabla

    Only heard of trel & the gram fam never heard of anybody else on this list. Should’ve had nike nando & sir eu on this list.

  • Diabla

    Whole time tho the DMV is anywhere that’s metro accessible do dc, certain parts of Maryland & northern VA are considered the “DMV”

  • Diabla

    *so

  • http://twitter.com/troybrowntv TroyBrownTV

    #DMVup congrats to everyone who made it. how do you make this list?

  • THEHLLYWD$

    exactly. northern Va, stay tryna front on southern VA, about that shit.. its corny

  • Jame$LoKi

    WHERE IS BRENT FAIYAZ…………………………….. I DON’T GET IT WTF

  • Jame$LoKi

    LoKi TILL WE OD

  • Jame$LoKi

    people from OVO TDE JET LIFE contacted Brent….BUT NO FEATURE ON HERE HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

  • KingoftheDMV

    What about Thad Reid, Sketch, and K Beta?

  • CRASHprez

    SIR E.U THE GREAT. no reason why he should be absent.

  • Tony

    DJ YUNGGOTIT4CHEAP x Future- Shit(Freaknik Edition): http://youtu.be/yVnKd4gCEDU