There are ugly sweater parties, celebrity-endorsed lines, a designated "national day" and major-league sports franchises and big-box retailers in on the act. The theme has been adapted to ugly-sweater shirts, hats, leggings, pajamas and attire for pets, often embracing pop culture.
Last week, 'CIT4DT,' a music video featuring three Baltimore county teens rapping a goofy, pointed anti-Donald Trump song went viral. Over a stark though springy beat¿swiped from Detroit rapper Rocaine's song 'Chicken Chicken'¿Dooley, TLow, and Lor Roger threaten Trump ("We got a chopper in the trunk/ For Donald Trump") and trade terse insults, dozens-style: Dooley, a online comedian with a substantive following, raps, "Boy, ain't even white/ You yellow/ You say you'd date your own daughter, you a sicko"; Tlow reminds people of what happened to Trump in Chicago when protestors shut down his rally; and Lor Roger says he's got some hollow points for the GOP frontrunner if Trump doesn't rein in his rhetoric.
Electronic dance music duo the Chainsmokers, sing-songy rapper Fetty Wap and Towson pop-punk act All Time Low lead the music artists scheduled to perform at the Preakness Stakes' InfieldFest on May 21, the Maryland Jockey Club announced in a news release today. Tickets are on sale now here.
Baltimore rapper Tate Kobang has catapulted into the national hip-hop discussion, thanks mainly to the hit single "Bank Rolls (Remix)," an irresistible nod to the city's past that sounds little like rap radio today.
Four days before Christmas, Baltimore rapper Ellis released an early gift for free: "The Education of Ellis," his excellent fourth album that not only solidifies him as one of the city's most gifted MCs, but also raises the bar for future rap projects released here.
A quick scan of this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest reveals the type of lineup we've come to expect from the annual concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Smart, on-the-nose and balanced -- as long as you're the type of music fan who takes pride in genre open-mindedness and staying in the loop of new faces and sounds.
Erykah Badu, Common, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Chuck Brown and Estelle will headline the Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion this year; the news was posted on the venue's website this week.