Real quick, who’s your favorite young rapper from the DMV? Maybe you said Rezt, or YBN Cordae, or Baby Boof, or the Khan, or Miss Kaniyah, or El Cousteau, or Marty Heem, or WiFiGawd, or Shabazz, or Lil Dude, or Chachi, or Ciscero, or Lil Xelly, or Goonew, or Chelly the MC.
Now take your time: Who’s your favorite young rap producer from the District, Maryland or Virginia? It’s hard to rattle off as many names. MadeInTheDMV — a self-described hip-hop think tank founded in 2013 by Byrd , a veteran mover and shaker in the city’s rap ecosystem — wants to fix that.
“Our producers don’t get the credit they deserve,” she says. “They don’t get enough chances to make a name for themselves.” So she’s hosting DMV Track Stars, a showcase that will allow 10 ascendant beatmakers — along with a dozen or so rappers — to test-drive their music for a panel of industry experts, including Khari Nixon, of the media company Mass Appeal, and Kei Henderson, manager of Atlanta rap star 21 Savage.
“Artists are always pushing those singles, trying to find out what’s going to work, what’s going to be a hit,” Byrd says. “So we created this event to give them exactly that — a chance to play their music for a live crowd, and for people who can actually break a record.”
Of course, there’s something at stake for the audience, too. If you’d like to help propel our next hometown anthem toward glory, come through and cheer when you hear it.