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Welcome to the inaugural edition of Arts Desk’s DMV Filter. Anyone who closely follows local hip-hop knows there’s an endless stream of new music being released almost daily. Starting today, we will attempt to curate as much of that music as possible every week. Feel free to send along your own good, interesting tracks, and happy listening!

Jay Mills, “Still Alive

Released Thursday, “Still Alive” is the spacey first single from Mills’ Summer Madness Vol. 2 mixtape, scheduled for an August release. “I see you tweetin’ and texting about your petty stressin’/But you can’t rally for freedom to get a real arrest,” Jay raps. Unfortunately, “Still Alive” is not available for download, but you can listen to it on Bandcamp.

Logic, “Mind of Logic”

The first single from his Young Sinatra mixtape, Logic’s “Mind of Logic” is carried by an upbeat break beat, piano loop, and rapid-fire wordplay. “I used to pursue my dreams/But now the reality is what I’m chasin’,” says the Maryland MC. DJ Booth.net has the single. The mixtape drops next month.



ated R featuring Fat Trel and Whitefolkz, “Church”

“Church” is a raucous number with everything you’d expect from these three MCs —- popping bottles and getting money. DCMumboSauce has the track.

Last week, alternative MC David Correy dropped off the official video for “Hottest In My City,” a lively track in which the MC sings about, well, being the hottest artist in D.C. At least he’s confident.