Styles P performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Oct. 4, 2019. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)
As a graduate of the School Of Hard Knocks, the course Science of Speech was probably one of my favorite classes. The importance of linguistics when presenting an idea or just involving yourself in casual conversation cannot be emphasized enough. Pairing complex thoughts and ideas into 16 bar verses has been studied for ages but only perfected by an elite few. Honorary professors Talib Kweli, Styles P, and Dead Prez are among those blessed enough to harness the power of speech, which they did at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently.
Snoop Dogg performs at Jiffy Lube Live on Sept. 27, 2019. (Photo by Chris Castillo)
Snoop Dogg, known to his friends as Calvin Broadus Jr. (well, they call him Snoop too actually), visited Jiffy Lube Live to mark the 25th anniversary of his debut studio album, Doggystyle. Chris Castillo of Parklife DC went along to take some pictures!
Lightshow performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sept. 20, 2019. (Photo by Chris Castillo)
Earlier this year, DC rapper Lightshow released If These Walls Could Talk 2, a follow-up to his 2015 mixtape. He recently performed at a big show with friends at The Fillmore Silver Spring, and Chris Castillo got some pictures.
The Lox Performs at Howard Theatre on Sept. 17, 2019. (Photo by @Waufflez – wauffleznotwaffles.com)
Legendary New York rap group, The LOX stopped through Howard Theatre recently for a classic hip-hop show in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their platinum debut album Money Power Respect. With assistance from opening act Tony Moxberg, Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch gave the crowd all the bars they could ever ask for performing classic solo and group records such as “We Gon Make It,” “Knock Yourself Out,” and “Mighty D-Block.”
Meek Mill and Future perform at Jiffy Lube Live, Sept. 17, 2019. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)
“Legends are made, not born.” Enter Meek Mill and Future — two of hip hop’s most powerful artists, crisscrossing the nation on a 20+ stop summer tour, that could only be done justice under the banner of Legendary Nights.
Tyler, the Creator (Photo courtesy We Care a Lot PR)
Tyler Gregory Okonma, better known as Tyler, the Creator, released Igor, his fifth studio album, in May via Columbia Records. He kicks off a North American Tour with a concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Megan Thee Stallion (Photo courtesy 300 Entertainment)
Megan Thee Stallion, born Megan Pete, released her first mixtape, Fever, in May, and she’s been burning up the awards circuit ever since. Catch Megan opening for Meek Mill and Future at Jiffy Lube Live on Tuesday, Sept. 17!
Fish Narc performs at MilkBoy ArtHouse on Aug. 31, 2019. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)
The days of the Bone Thugs, Hot Boys, and Triple Six Mafias are long gone, and it’s left a gaping hole in our culture. Today, the search for individual success too often trumps the all-important gang. When did we forget about “all for one and one for all!?” And can we even find our way back? As I reflect on the legacies of these crews, I find hope in three letters: GBC. GothBoiClique gave me that hope in their sold-out show at Milkboy ArtHouse recently.
Shy Glizzy performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Chris Castillo)
Earlier this year, DC rapper Shy Glizzy released Covered ‘N Blood, his second studio album, via 300 Entertainment and Gizzy Gang. Then, he dropped a new EP, titled Aloha, and he went on tour and performed at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently. Chris Castillo got some pictures!
MC Hammer performs at the DC Entertainment and Sports Arena on Aug. 23, 2019. (Phto by Chris Castillo)
The unforgettable MC Hammer rounded up some fellow rap stars from the ’90s to tour as Hammer’s House Party, which arrived at DC’s Entertainment and Sports Arena recently. Chris Castillo was there to capture the Hammer Action on film!