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Kali Uchis

SINGING, RAPPING, VISIONARY DIRECTOR FROM THE PALM TREES OF COLOMBIA TO THE FIELDS OF VIRGINIA

Beyond Modern

Since their modest beginnings as two music aficionado college students in a small Baltimore apartment, Beyond Modern has always exhibited two qualities in their music: raw passion and creativity.

Mick Marx, 23, and Sur Jazz, 25, two halves of the musical collective Beyond Modern, were solo Hip-Hop artists when the duo first decided to fuse their talents in 2009. The lyricist and aspiring audio engineer released "The Definition: EPic," their first full-length album featuring original production under the moniker Sim-PLEX in 2010. The nascent success of these two young artists was a sound that augured something bigger, something inventive. That "something" emerged as "Rebellion EP" (2011), the duo's first EP as Beyond Modern, pulling from a range iconic influences old and new like Talib Kweli, The Neptunes, Miles Davis, DMX, Prince and Sade.

Every now and then there is a happening that signals a shift in American culture. During a time when popular music has been reduced to mostly formula and process, Emmanuel Moss p.k.a. DDm, effortlessly breaks that mold. The Baltimore native, who made his name on the local battle rap circuit, manages to straddle the fence between cool kid and weirdo with a charming accessibility. In 2009 DDm experienced a personal rebirth which brought about a fresh and unique dynamic to his artistry. Fusing together baltimore club, hip hop and ball culture, the self proclaimed renegade, is garnering significant critical acclaim with his mixtape series 'Muse: A Collection Of Cool'. The hypnotic lead single 'Velvet Limousine', with its sassy chorus and drum and bass influenced production, is a catchy and witty ode to the female anatomy. Featured in the CityPaper for the tracks accompanying music video, Dappa Dan Midas (DDm) is being championed as the most significant vocalist for Baltimore club since local legends Ms. Tony and Jimmy Jones. After several career stalls, including a bout with homelessness, he is finally ready to present his debut solo project 'American Graffiti'. Coined as a mixture of celebration and reflection, the ten song set is highly anticipated in the DMV.

Ras Nebyu is an MC born and raised in Uptown Washington, DC, to an African American mother and an Ethiopian father. Exposed to Roots Reggae at very early age, listening to everything from Peter Tosh to Culture. Nebyu’s love for music quickly became an infatuation. Shortly after Nebyu started to write lyrics of his own, the older he grew the more his music reflected his Rastafarian/Pan-Africanist upbringing. With his influences ranging from a wide variety of MCs from Nas to Gucci Mane, Ras Nebyu manages to bridge the gap between socially conscious content and leisure listening without compromising his lyricals. He is the self proclaimed "starting point guard of the Washington Slizzards", a group of young talented individuals who are involved in several creative indevors from music to clothing. With two music videos (Capital of Hate & Washington Slizzards) under his belt, Nebyu is preparing to release his 2nd EP "Babylon’s Most Wanted". Slated to release the day after Christmas, this EP is a collection of songs dealing with life for a young black male in Washington, DC from the perspective of an Uptown Ethiopian Rasta.

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