"Chronicling his optimism despite the odds pitted against him, the 20-year-old rapper takes listeners on a journey through his day-to-day highs and lows — a sentiment expressed with pristine candor on the project’s opening track, “Goodday”: “It’s Friday night, I got no job like I was Craig/ but I don’t trip, ‘cuz I know better days ahead.” Coupled with near-intergalactic beats from producers Black Moses and MR. DICKERSON, NAPPYNAPPA shares the challenges of life in Southeast D.C and beyond. But the music itself isn’t preachy — the self-appointed “Mumbo Sauce Prince” is telling his own story, but often, you feel like he’s telling yours, too."
- Nazuk Kochhar, FADER
The Mumbo Sauce Prince is ready to make his Babe City Debut. New Balance EP — the new full length release from SE DC emcee NAPPYNAPPA — will receive physical and digital release from Babe City Records. This is a big fucking deal, and we're honored to work with an artist as inspiring as NAPPYNAPPA. THE FADER is also cised, they released the lead single "Shameless" today:
Contemplative rapper NAPPYNAPPA has questions for a lover on his new song, "Shameless." Featuring singer Jelani Kwesi and produced by Invisibae, the 19-year-old D.C. emcee just wants to know what a special someone requires of him. In a quest for clarity NAPPYNAPPA asks, "Is it the drugs? Is the love?"
We've got good news: you can now hold your very own piece of GUMP history in your hands / play it in your box. Just in time for the holidays: the GUMP debut Sleven is NOW AVAILABLE on tape in our store. Walk on over right here to cop that shit!
Based in the lazy suburbs of Maryland just outside of Washington DC, GUMP (Give Us More Power) is an alternative quartet, blending hip-hop with post-rock. With souls too tired for punk music yet too restless for a mellower hip-hop alternative, the members of GUMP acknowledge yet respectfully disregard the traditional genre boundaries set-up by those artists who came before them, as they try to fit somewhere in between.
Formed in late 2013, GUMP is fronted by Gaithersburg rapper Uno Hype (Germany Hawley), with guitarist/pianist Ali Badalov, bassist Joey Pappas and drummer Zeeshan Shad. he boys then took some time to refine their sound and complete their debut EP 'Sleven', which was premiered exclusively via leading alternative music blog AFROPUNK. Gump was named one of 25 DMV Artists To Watch in 2016 by Brightest Young Things and their song “4 O’Clock” was one of D.C. Music Downloads Favorites Songs of 2016.
Stepping in to 2017, GUMP have begun work on their upcoming EP 'Beer & Wine', which is scheduled for a February release, with their lead single "War" set for release in early January.
DC super group and latest BCDC signee THE EL MANSOURIS have premiered their debut single on everyone's favorite emerging music site: Stereogum. Author James Rettig had this to say:
"The El Mansouris got their start last year with a series of three performances in art galleries around their home base of Washington D.C. Listening to their forthcoming self-titled debut album, you can hear how these songs would shine in a live setting: They’re performative and outwardly projecting, and the band — a collaboration between local D.C. musicians who all have their own projects (including Margot MacDonald, Young Rapids, and Cigarette) — has a knack for spinning plates that’s reminiscent of Braids and the Dirty Projectors. On lead single “The Greys,” the El Mansouris build to a controlled cacophony, with abrasive harmonies and prickling guitars serving as a foundation for their epic sweep."
This is also our first split release with our good friends at DZ Tapes! The El Mansouris' self-titled debut will be out 1/13/17, available for pre-order right about now. Ho-Ho-ohfuckyeah.
Good news everyone! Leapling's Babe City debut--Killing Time EP (BCDC-020)--is now available for purchase on our store! The album, a companion piece to last year's excellent Suspended Animation, was described as "bouncy power-pop" and "a breezy exploration of ennui." Couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Scoop the album right now on our store, available in clear cassette and/or digital download.
Erik has voluntarily withdrawn from Babe City Records, and he will not be working with us in any capacity in the future. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to talk more about this decision.
Check out the Jujubee 1.5" enamel pin that is included with every order of Really Big Pinecone's new 10" EP 'What I Said About The Pinecone'
ICYMI: We premiered the full album stream over at CLRVYNT earlier this week. Give it listen if you haven't already!
Leapling’s Dan Arnes experiments with minimalism on Killing Time EP, self-recording each instrument and song for the first time-- crafting beautiful, intimate songs true to their skeletal form. The deliberate effort to allow the imperfections and original song structures shine forms an incredible new Leapling experience, while drawing elements to create an extension of previous works.
We're excited to be releasing the newest Leapling EP, Killing Time on clear cassettes. Today we premiered the first single "Tunnelvision" over ad Adhoc. Check out what Connor Rush had to say about the new song: