Friday, September 12, 2014























Back in August, I drove up to New York to see the Boiler Room's Baltimore club music webcast. Now, the Baltimore Club Special is online, with footage of the DJ sets from that night is online, and the accompanying feature article I wrote. Check out the sets from Rod Lee, DJ Technics, Scottie B., James Nasty, and Mighty Mark & TT The Artist.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

























In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I profiled DJ Pierre for the latest BPM column, and also wrote The Short List.

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Monday, August 25, 2014


























I wrote a post on the Baltimore City Paper's Noise blog about "A-List," Sisqo's new single featuring Waka Flocka Flame.

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Saturday, August 09, 2014





























This upcoming Friday, August 15th, Boiler Room is bringing a bunch of folks from Baltimore up to New York for a live broadcast of Baltimore club music from Rod Lee, Scottie B, DJ Technics, Mighty Mark & TT The Artist. I've also been asked to come up to write about the whole thing for Boiler Room, so NYC folks, let me know if you want to come to the event and/or hang out while I'm in town for the weekend.

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Friday, August 01, 2014

























I wrote a big feature story about Baltimore rapper DDm for WAMU Bandwidth. Talented artist, good down-to-earth dude, really happy with how the article turned out. His new record Life On Sale is out this fall.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014






















This week the Baltimore City Paper published its annual Big Music Issue. In it, I wrote a feature about rap duo AK Slaughter, who are releasing their final EP and playing a farewell show next week, and I also wrote The Short List as usual.

(photo by Josh Sisk)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


























In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I wrote a few things, including a review of Young Moose's mixtape Out The Mud 2, a Rap Sheet column (with news about the Baltimore Crown Awards, Lonnie Moore and Skarr Akbar), and The Short List. I also wrote The Short List in last week's paper but didn't post a link because it never ended up online.

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Friday, July 11, 2014
























In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I wrote  BPM column about new club music releases by James Nasty and Mighty Mark, and also wrote The Short List as usual.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014


















In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I wrote a feature about Femi The DriFish & The Out of Water eXperience, who just released a live album.

Also, as usual, I wrote The Short List in this week's issue.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

























I wrote about Baltimore rapper Mike C.'s song "New Shoes" for WAMU's Bandwidth site.

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Friday, June 13, 2014































This weekend Strictly Hip-Hop is doing a 24-hour broadcast for its 24th anniversary, I wrote a blog post for the Baltimore City Paper to get the word out.

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Friday, June 06, 2014






















Derrick Jones, better known as OOH (or Yo Slick), passed away this week, and I had the difficult task of writing his obituary for the Baltimore City Paper. I had seen his group Brown F.I.S.H. several times over the last 12 years and interviewed him in 2011, but I didn't know him like countless other people around here did. He was an incredibly generous, kind, smart guy who made great music and did a lot of amazing things in education and youth outreach in Baltimore. Talking to his bandmate Jahiti and going to the vigil and seeing the outpouring of grief this week has really been moving and overwhelming, and I hope I did that justice with my article. He will be missed.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


















In this week's City Paper, I wrote The Short List and a Rap Sheet column, both featuring a lot of upcoming hip hop shows in Baltimore, including Eze Jackson at this weekend's Baltimore Indie Fest.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

























I wrote about the new Height With Friends track "Roxanne Returns (The War Continues)" on WAMU's Bandwidth site.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I wrote a BPM dance music column and The Short List.

I should note, by the way, that I started Government Names 10 years ago this week. It feels odd to say, but starting a blog really was a life-changing decision for me that has had a huge impact on the last decade of my life. Shout out to Dylan.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

























I wrote about Tate Kobang's great new mixtape Crown Of Thorns for the Baltimore City Paper's Noise blog.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014























I recently began contributing to the Washington, D.C. radio station WAMU 88.5's site Bandwidth, and this week I posted "Wine & Cheese," a great new song by the Baltimore rappers Greenspan, Ellis and Rome Cee. I also recently profiled Greenspan and Ellis for the Baltimore City Paper.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014























I posted on the City Paper's Noise blog about #Letspushthebutton, a new mixtape featuring Ogun, Los, Starrz and a ton of other Baltimore rappers.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014






















In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I wrote a Rap Sheet column (about D. King, J Who? Worldwise, E-Dubble, Bink Baghdad and more) and The Short List.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


















I wrote a few things in this week's Baltimore City Paper:

- An interview with Prodigy of Mobb Deep, who are performing at Baltimore Soundstage on Sunday and releasing their new album next week (funnily enough, last time Mobb Deep put out an album in 2006, I interview Havoc for The Hook-Up Magazine).

- A BPM dance music column with news about Say Wut, DJ Pierre, and the Club Mnemonic event this week at The Crown.

- The Short List, with a bunch of other good shows happening in Baltimore over the next week.

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