What happens when a millennial rapper with an old soul connects with a Gen Z fanbase infatuated with mid-’90s hip hop? A sold-out show with a vibration unlike any other. Last week, Brooklyn, NY emcee and actor Joey Bada$$ (government name Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott) returned to The Fillmore Silver Spring for his 1999-2000 Summer Tour.
NLE Choppa performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 16, 2022. (Photo by AJ Waugh)
Memphis’ own NLE Choppa and his No Love Ent crew lit up The Fillmore Silver Spring recently for the DC stop of the NLE tour. The 19-year-old rapper’s charisma oozed throughout the night as Choppa performed most of the songs from his latest EP Me vs. Me — including hits like “Shotta Flow 6,” “Jumpin,” and “Final Warning.”
Maxo Kream accepts a birthday cake from Union Stage on April 2, 2022. (Photo by AJ Waugh)
I think I heard the name Maxo Kream around for at least a year before I ever heard his music, but from the first time I heard “Grannies” in 2017, it connected instantly. I downloaded his Punken project and the Houston storyteller has stayed a constant in my rotation ever since; so I had to be there when I saw Maxo’s Big Persona Tour was making its DC stop recently at Union Stage.
Aminé performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on March 2, 2022. (Photo by AJ Waugh)
Portland powerhouse Aminé’s The Best Tour Ever blew the doors off The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, selling out the venue out even on a Wednesday night. The energy was high from the first moment with opening performances from 454 and Cochise getting the crowd moving. After the openers, curtains were pulled back to reveal the stage and all the pieces of home Amine brought on tour with him, including an 8-foot tall statue of his labradoodle, Oliver.
Action Bronson performs at The Anthem on Feb. 19, 2022 (photos by Will Colbert).
It’s early in adulthood that many of us realize the value of a crew. The kindred spirits who lifted us up while down. The family who kept us in or out of trouble. As you read this, your mind may race back to a cohort who made an indelible mark on your life.
On Saturday, basketball’s elite gathered in Cleveland for the NBA All-Star Game, but the night’s highlight wasn’t a dunk contest if you were in the nation’s capital. The Anthem auditorium at DC’s Southwest Waterfront hosted the ÑBA Leather World Tour, which featured a collection of musicians as talented and unique as the championship-winning ‘89 Bad Boy Pistons — The Alchemist, Boldly James, Earl Sweatshirt, and Action Bronson.
D Smoke performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Feb. 7, 2022. (Photo by Will Colbert)
“Boxing’s got styles like music got style…some styles are slick and creative…and others aren’t,” Miles Davis wrote in his autobiography — “Miles.” Like the iconic trumpeter, D Smoke is a student of music and boxing. During a recent show at The Fillmore Silver Spring, the Inglewood, California, rapper stepped onto the stage with the enthusiasm of a welterweight contender.
Star of stage, screen, podcast airwaves, and beyond, scalding hot drag superstar Alaska Thunderfuck is about to get even “RED” hotter as she tours North America, including a show at the Howard Theatre in DC on Saturday, Oct. 29!
Her tour coincides with the upcoming release of her full-length album, Red 4 Filth, via PEG Records/Warner Music Group/ADA.